Early November 2017
At the October Clarke Mainstream Conference Dr. Carol Flexer emphasized how hearing loss is about the brain, not the ears. Hearing devices are needed to activate the brain and to access spoken communication for learning. While the audience laughed as she said, “Your brain is in your pocket! Oh no!” it is a cruel reality that about 25% of students do not (consistently) use their hearing aids1 and that 50% of children’s hearing aids malfunction on any given day2.
In the US, IDEA specifies3 that for children with IEPs the schools must ensure that the hearing devices worn by students with hearing loss are functioning. Indeed, malfunction rates can drop to less than 1% if an effective hearing aid monitoring program is in place.