Managing Hearing Disorders

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

New technologies and design approaches have given us many different ways to think about and manage hearing disorders. This lesson discusses some of the tools that are available to us today, with a focus on how to support students with hearing disorders.

Thinking About Hearing

Judith has been a teacher at a school for the deaf for about nine years now, working with students with a wide range of hearing loss, or disabilities that affect their capacity to hear and process auditory information. One thing that amazes Judith is the extent of the changes that have occurred in the technology associated with hearing disorders: almost every year, new research studies and innovations provide different ways for health professionals to help students who have trouble hearing.

As a teacher, Judith knows that it's crucial for her to understand the available tools and devices for hearing-impaired individuals and how they might be a good fit for some of her students. She decides to bone up on her research regarding tools for managing hearing disorders.

In-the-Canal vs. Completely-in-Canal Aids

First, Judith learns more about in-the-canal (ITE) aids; she discovers that these aids are very small and fit in little cases that go into part of the ear canal. Many people like ITE aids because of their small size, which may make them cosmetically appealing to students concerned about appearing ''different'' and how they may be perceived by their peers.

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