Childhood Hearing Loss and Classroom Accommodations

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Approximately 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard of hearing (asha.org). Even more children may develop temporary or permanent hearing loss during their childhood. Common causes of childhood hearing loss include ear infections, ototoxic medications, meningitis, head injury, and noise exposure (asha.org). Hearing loss can impact a child’s speech and language development and their academic performance (cdc.gov; healthyhearing.com). Modifications to the classroom environment is crucial to a child with hearing loss’ academic success. The following resource from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center further describes adaptations that can be made by the teacher and student to make the classroom a better learning environment. For more information, please see the website links below.

Article by Charlotte Thompson, B.S.

Resources:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center- Audiology Division

https://www.boystownhospital.org/knowledgeCenter/articles/Pages/Classroom-Accommodations-for-Children-with-Minimal-Mild-Hearing-Loss.asp

https://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589934680&section=Incidence_and_Prevalence

https://www.asha.org/public/hearing/causes-of-hearing-loss-in-children

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/facts.html