Empower teachers to recognize hearing loss in the classroom and advocate for healthy listening practices!
Idea At A Glance
Hearing loss can prevent children from fully participating in the classroom. On top of that, many young people listen to loud music on their portable music devices, putting them at risk for developing hearing loss later in life.
Educating teachers about hearing loss will enable them to assist hearing impaired students in the classroom and to encourage all students to make good hearing health decisions.
Provide teachers with information on how hearing loss adversely affects speech and language development and how to identify characteristics of hearing loss. Providing teachers with hearing loss demonstrations kits and information about the dangers of loud music (for example) could inspire teachers to introduce the topic of sound and hearing in the classroom.
The National Deaf Children's Society aims to create a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
They have developed an online training pack that can help schools raise awareness of deafness and hearing loss. The aim is to develop an understanding of deafness among mainstream teachers and ensure teachers are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to include deaf pupils in the classroom.
Educating teachers about the effects and signs of hearing loss can help ensure that no student's education is jeopardized due to an unrecognized hearing loss.
Greater awareness among teachers can help contribute to better partnerships between educators, educational audiologists, and speech-language therapists.
Equipped with information and materials, teachers can become ambassadors for hearing health. Lessons on the science of sound can both be a lot of fun and help young people understand the dangers of loud noises and unsafe listening behaviors.