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Hearing Impairment

Hearing loss is a reduction in acuity, sensitivity, or clarity that makes understanding what is being said difficult.
A hearing impairment impacts the ability to hear sounds at certain decibels and frequencies. Hearing loss can be a result of neurological, environmental, or physical influences and includes such medical conditions such as tinnitus.

Observing Hearing Impairment in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following in students with hearing impairments:

  • May need to sit in the front of the classroom.
  • May require the use of an amplification system.
  • May require a hearing assistance system.
  • May use a transcriptionist or interpreter.
  • May have difficulty with low or high range sounds.
  • May have difficulty hearing in crowded or noisy environments.
  • May focus on the speaker's lips to lip read.
  • May have difficulty with balance.


Related Functional Characteristics

Hearing Loss : Students with hearing impairments have varying degrees of hearing loss.

Intelligibility : Students with hearing loss may have deficits in speech intelligibility.

Processing Deficit (Language) : Students with impaired hearing may take longer or have difficulties processing spoken or written language.

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