Creating the Least Restrictive Online Learning Environment for Students who are Deaf*/Hard of Hearing
The Impact of Learning with a Hearing Loss in the Online Classroom:
While speech delivered through a computer or tablet may be an adequate delivery method for a student with typical hearing, it creates a barrier for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. The listening effort required of students with a hearing loss is substantially greater than their peers and can result in fatigue, attention challenges and reduced retention abilities. The purpose of this article is to provide a resource of strategies to provide student access during online learning.
- The way speech is acoustically transmitted through a computer is not optimal for students who hear through mechanical or electrical devices.
- When hard of hearing students have to listen to computer presented speech, they lose visual cues as well as vocal intonation/inflection cues required for their understanding.
- While the use of closed captions is beneficial, it requires the splitting of a student’s visual attention.