Hearing impairment affects how a learner interacts with their environment. This course explains the types of hearing impairment, their causes and implications for learning. Finally, we provide practical strategies and ideas for classroom adaptations to support learners with hearing impairment in the learning environment.
Module 1: Hearing Impairments
We describe the three types of hearing impairment: sensorineural, conductive and mixed hearing loss.
Module 2: Causes of Hearing Loss
This section covers the causes of common types of hearing loss asking what is this, what causes this and what does it mean for a learner in my class?
Module 3: Implications of Hearing Impairments for Learning
We share a simple guide to functional effects of hearing loss and what this means for the learner in your classroom.
Richard Hirstwood is the founder of and lead consultant for Hirstwood Training.
He is passionate about enabling educators/practitioners to maximise the impact of delivering sensory learning opportunities, in a sensory room or other learning environments, with the resources available to them.
His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multisensory practice. Regular sessions with children and adults with autism and all additional needs in a variety of multisensory and classroom settings enable him to maintain this level of excellent practice.
It gave me further help and understanding of how difficult it must be for our learners with a hearing impairment to succeed in the classroom and also helped me to understand the different types of hearing impairments and how they affect our learners on a daily basis.
The course was very helpful.
For me, the most beneficial aspect of the course was the videos of classroom practice.
I found the explanation of the different types of hearing loss most helpful.
The most beneficial aspect was understanding about all types of hearing loss and being aware of hearing impairment being possible in learners with other more obvious health conditions.