What are the educational implications?
The educational implications of hearing loss will vary between individuals depending on:
- when the hearing loss occurred and when it was identified/diagnosed
- the type of hearing loss
- the degree/severity of the hearing loss
- whether the hearing loss is in one or both ears
- whether the hearing loss is the same (type and degree) in both ears
- whether the hearing loss is stable over time
- whether the student uses spoken and/or signed communication
- whether the child comes from a Deaf or hearing family.
A hearing loss may impact on the student's ability to:
- hear and understand language
- understand new concepts - particularly language based concepts
- acquire and use background knowledge across a range of topics
- access information presented in the classroom
- produce speech sounds
- produce oral language
- interact with other students - being more comfortable in a small group or one to one situation.
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