Hearing loss can affect a child mildly or in a very profound way. Profound hearing loss may mean that a child is “deaf.” Kids are born with hearing loss or can lose their hearing through injuries, infections, or long exposure to loud noises.
Signs that a child has hearing loss include:
Hearing loss can be temporary. But when it’s not, there are technologies, therapies, and other treatments to help. Devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants can improve a child’s ability to hear. Learning sign language or speech reading can also make it easier to communicate.
Educators, audiologists (experts who diagnose and treat hearing problems), speech therapists, parents, and students with hearing loss can work together to create an educational plan. This may include setting up an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan to help kids reach their full potential. Plans may include a classroom aide or interpreter to assist with communication and more. As a child grows, this plan will change.
To support students in your classroom:
By addressing special needs and offering support when needed, you can help students with hearing loss learn as best as possible.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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