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How can school teachers help

Teachers need to evaluate the listening environment and the skills of their students.

Suggestions to aid in meeting the specific needs of the hearing impaired child in the classroom are:

  1. Do not turn away to write on the board or cover your mouth while talking.
  2. Rephrase if the child does not understand rather than repeat the same words over and over.
  3. Seat the child away from hallways, playground noise, etc.
  4. Allow the child to move around in the room in order to clearly see the speaker.
  5. Use as many verbal cues as possible. Take time to explain things. Give context clues-- a written word, object or picture to set the stage to help follow the change of subject.
  6. Write key words of an idea or lesson on the board or use an overhead projector.
  7. Assignments should be written on the board so that the student can copy them into a notebook used for this purpose
  8. Appoint a helper/notetaker for the child.
  9. If the child's hearing impairment involves only one ear or if the impairment is greater in one ear than the other, seat the child in front of the room with his poorer ear towards the noisy classroom and his better ear towards the teacher.
  10. Speak clearly and with moderate speed.

Use of assistive devises will help those with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. A HI child attending classes with normally hearing children might need to use hearing aids. The introduction of FM systems into the classrooms of the deaf has had a significant impact on student learning. Numerous studies have shown improvement in attention, understanding directions, classroom participation and school behavior. Amplification equipment is meant to enhance the acoustical accessibility to teacher instruction to all children by: increasing the overall level of the teacher's speech, substantially improving the speech-to-noise ratio, and producing a uniform speech level in the classroom that is unaffected by teacher or pupil position.

In conclusion, parents, teachers and the general public should understand the problems faced by the hard of hearing children. Everybody should realize that these children are handicapped, though invisibly. They should try and adapt to the needs of these children. The parents and teachers should be patient with these children and be more accommodating. As far as possible these children should be tried to be accommodated in normal schools with the aid of assistive hearing devises. The normal hearing public have a duty to integrate these handicapped children into our normal society.

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