It’s that time of year again — back to school! Hearing and understanding are important parts of the learning process. A noisy classroom, or lecture hall, can make these tasks difficult for those who have hearing loss.
Hearing loss is becoming increasingly prevalent in children and young adults. In fact, every 1,000 children are born with some form of hearing loss, and 15% of children develop hearing loss later in childhood. Hearing loss in young adults and individuals in their 20s is also common. In fact, around 20% of people in their 20s already have some amount of hearing loss or tinnitus.
Whether you are concerned for your child’s hearing ability in grade-school, or you are in college and have hearing loss, these tips will help with improved hearing in the classroom.
Tips for Better Hearing
- Sit in the front of the classroom
- Don’t sit too close to air conditioners / heaters or any appliance that will make it difficult to hear
- Use an assistive listening device
- Let your teacher/professor know you have a hearing loss
- Bring extra batteries for your hearing aid or a portable charger if your hearing aids are rechargeable
- Ask for clarification on instructions or information if you didn’t hear it
- Wear your hearing aids
Although it can be challenging at times, hearing loss doesn’t have to prevent you or your child from learning. These tips should help you have more confidence in class. In addition to these tips, it is important to advocate for yourself — or for your child — about your hearing loss. Many people will be willing to accommodate and help you get the most from school.
One of the most useful tips for children and young adults with hearing loss is to use an assistive listening device. Assistive listening devices are available in a wide variety and come from many of the major manufacturers. One type of assistive listening device that helps students the most in the classroom is a FM system.
A FM system is a personal listening device which often includes a microphone worn around your teacher’s neck. The microphone connects to your hearing aid (or cochlear implant) and allows you to hear your teacher’s voice louder and clearer.
Hearing loss doesn’t have to impact your learning experience. Try these tips and see if they help you have an easier listening experience in the classroom. If you or your child is in need of new hearing aids or you are interested in trying an assistive listening device, schedule an appointment with a certified hearing specialist today.