Hearing Loss, Audiology, and Auditory Learning

Auditory access and audibility are vital for auditory learning. Audiologists, teachers, and other educational personnel must work closely together to insure access for students with hearing loss in all learning environments if we are to achieve improved literacy outcomes for our students. This section includes information, tools, and strategies to support collaborative relationships that facilitate auditory access and improved auditory learning for students with hearing challenges in general and special education classrooms as well as in learning environments outside of the formal classroom setting.  Information is designed to be used and shared among audiologists, teachers of the deaf or hard of hearing, speech-language pathologists, caregivers, and other relevant service providers.

Audiology Listing by Georgia County- 2012

Access Board: Provides a progress report on state and local action related to classroom acoustics standards; links to ANSI/ASA standard, technical assistance documents, and other resources.

Beginnings of North Carolina - Accommodations: Lists different accommodations that schools may make for a Hearing Impaired child.

Beginnings of North Carolina - General Tips for Teachers: Provides general tips for teachers with Hearing Impaired children in their classrooms.

Better Hearing Institute: Recorded simulations of mild and moderate hearing losses in quiet and a variety of noisy environments produced by Better Hearing Institute.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Hearing Loss in Children: Provides multiple links for fact sheets, national statistics, research, and free materials for families, service providers, and the public.

Classroom Acoustics - Importance to Successful Listening & Learning: Learning module classroom acoustics and its successful listening and learning developed by Joseph Smaldino at Northern Illinois University as a part of Project Real. A Subjective Assessment Checklist of Classroom Acoustics that can be used by teachers is included in Topic 3, “Producing Favorable Acoustics.”

Cochlear Implant Support Page: Website maintained by the Illinois School for the Deaf with multiple links for cochlear implant manufacturers, device information, care, and habilitation and rehabilitation resources.

Daily Hearing Aid Checks:  Provides recommendations for daily hearing aid checks and troubleshooting suggestions to assist school system personnel in meeting the legislative requirement to ensure proper functioning of hearing aids (IDEA 2004 §300.113(a)).

Department of Education - Accommodations Manual: Provides Georgia assessment information that includes suggested accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH accommodations are listed on page 30.)

Department of Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Provides assessment information that includes suggested accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (Viewer must click on Accommodations Manual – D/HH accommodations are listed on page 30.)

Educational Audiology Association: Provides information on the roles and responsibilities of educational audiologists. Documents include Recommended Professional Practices, Minimum Competencies, Educational Audiologists and Cochlear Implants, Early Detection and Intervention, Guidelines for Support Personnel, Advocacy Series, and “16 Reasons Why Your School Needs an Educational Audiologist.”

Educational Audiology Handbook, 2nd Edition: Written by recognized leaders in educational audiology, this handbook offers a comprehensive overview of school-based audiology.  A cross-platform CD-ROM is included with this book, which contains the majority of forms, parent letters, handouts, and instruction sheets from the appendix of the book, which can be customized for immediate use.  Cheryl DeConde Johnson and Jane B. Seaton ©2012  Pubished by Cengage Learning ISBN-13: 9781418041304

**Select chapters available for review on the website including “Education Considerations for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.”

FM System Recordings: Site developed by Linda Thibidoux, University of Texas at Dallas, that contains demonstrations of various levels of hearing loss and the impact of noise with and without assistive listening systems.

Georgia Board of Speech - Language Pathology and Audiology: Site for Georgia licensing board and regulations for the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology.

Georgia Department of Public Health - Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention: Website for Georgia’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (EHDI) program. Contains link for downloadable resource guide in both English and Spanish.

Hands and Voices - The Functional Listening Evaluation: Provides forms and instructions for the Functional Listening Evaluation. The evaluation is based on the Functional Listening Evaluation by C.D. Johnson & P. Von Almen, 1993 and was revised in 2004 by Johnson.

HOPE (Habilitation Outreach for Professionals in Education): An article outlining auditory skill development from a cochlear implant perspective.  Outlines the four broad categories of auditory skills, acquiring auditory skills, and the relationship between language and listening. 

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center - Cochlear Implant Education Center:  Provides effective practices related to cochlear implant technology and the education and lives of deaf children from birth through high school.

Listening Inventory for Education (LIFE): A tool for teachers and students to assess the benefits from personal and/or classroom amplification.  Can be downloaded for free from the author’s website.

Phonak: Provides a link to Phonak’s eSchoolDesk, where the benefits of an FM system are explained in an easy way and tips about how to improve the acoustics in a classroom are provided.  Also included are recommendations for care and maintenance, an FM trouble shooter, and a special user guide for teachers.

The Listening Room: Provides free instructions, instructional video, and materials to registered users for daily classroom checks of a student’s personal and classroom amplification.

Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning Needs:  Provides a handout for educators of deaf and hard of hearing students to evaluate the child’s needs for various educational programs.  Includes possible impacts on the understanding of language and speech and each corresponding social impact and educational accommodations and services. 

Utah State University - Research Supporting Auditory Learning: The Department of Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education provides links to full text research articles on auditory learning and spoken language.

Links for websites maintained by manufacturers of implant devices for children including cochlear implants and bone-anchored devices. All sites contain information on current device availability, candidacy requirements, troubleshooting and maintenance guides, and materials and resources for auditory learning and use of implantable devices:

Advanced Bionics Corporation: Troubleshooting guides and links to live customer service reps are available for all of the AB devices:  Harmony, CII, Auria and PSP.  Dowloadable resources and tips for listening checks are also available from Advaced Bionics at this site.

Cochlear Americas: Connects to Cochlear America’s troubleshooting portal that offers a Remote Assistance Interactive Guide and Troubleshooting Wizard.  Resources are available for the following Nucleus devices: Nucleus 5, Freedom, Esprit 3G, Esprit, and even earlier model body processors.  Downloadable resources can be found in through this site as well.

Med-El Corporation: Interactive troubleshooting steps for all Maestro implant systems including the Opus can be found at this link.  Ten video clips provide additional information on the Opus 2, its operation, the use of the different battery options and creating FM connections.