Educate teachers about the signs and effects of hearing loss!
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Hearing loss can prevent children from participating in the classroom and inhibit learning. On top of that, many young people listen to loud music on their portable devices, putting them at risk for developing hearing loss later in life.
Educating teachers about hearing loss can help them assist hearing impaired students in the classroom and encourage all students to make good hearing health decisions.
Provide educators at your school 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 bring the topic of sound in the classroom. To obtain educational materials, you could reach out to local hearing clinics or nonprofit organizations.
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.
In addition, teachers can become ambassadors for hearing health. Lessons on the science of sound and hearing can both be a lot of fun while helping young people understand the dangers of loud noises and unsafe listening behavior.