Describing the Impact of Hearing Loss to Parents/Teachers

Hearing Loss is Invisible

Rather like trying to describe a new color of the rainbow that is not visible to most people, it is challenging to describe the affects and potential impact of hearing loss.

Experience is the most effective teacher. Think of how children learn to avoid items that are hot. Adults again and again describe that something hot can hurt the child but the real learning occurs when the child reaches out and finds out what ‘hot’ really means.

Demonstrations/Simulations of Hearing Loss and Listening with Amplification Devices

Earplugs to simulate listening challenges.

Listening Comprehension Exercise – Mother’s Aprons Activity to demonstrate classroom listening challenges as teacher(s) plug ears with fingers.

Teachers are busy!  Inservicing the classroom teacher often occurs in the fall during a time when the newness of the school year can be almost overwhelming. Scheduling a half-hour or greater block of time is often unrealistic. Leaving a packet of information all too often goes unread in the flurry of other demands on the teacher’s time. The most effective inservice may be material that fits into only 10 minutes!  Regular follow-up with tidbits can be very effective too!

Inservicing the Classroom Teacher

Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening to Learning Needs handouts

Understanding Your Student’s Aided Hearing Using the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Approach

FM Inservice PPT pdf: What you need to know

Emailable Tips for Teachers

Parents may be overwhelmed. Audiograms mean little when a parent is struggling to reconcile that their young child has special learning considerations. What information can be used to ‘break through’ and provide a meaningful way for families to understand how a hearing loss impacts their child and all future communication dynamics in their home life. Along with the audio simulations of hearing loss, the following materials may be of benefit:

Inservicing Class Peers –    INSERVICE COMBO

Inservice Combo3







Infants and Toddlers

Early Listening Function (ELF) checklist for parents of infants/toddlers

ELF Background Information and Scoring Examples      ELF in Spanish

Language is Caught, Not Taught

Language Unlocks Learning

Parent Resources – Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss


Children’s Home Inventory of Listening Difficulties (CHILD) checklist for parents of children age 3-12 years

CHILD in Spanish     CHILD in French   CHILD in Arabic

Understanding How Well Your Child Hears with Hearing Aids

Starting School LIFE (Listening Inventory For Education) for transition to school or a new school ages 3-12 years

  • Teacher Tools
    Activities, Strategies and Great Resources to Work with Students

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