Hearing loss often prompts people to think of aging; however, the condition affects other demographics more than many realize. Up to 12 percent of youth in the United States suffer from some degree of noise-induced hearing loss. For school-aged children, this presents additional barriers to academic success. Hearing impaired children are likely to receive lower grades than their counterparts. The invisible nature of the condition means that these issues often go unaddressed. Fortunately, advancements in technology are making it easier for students with hearing loss to receive an equitable educational experience.
Hearing-impaired students often struggle to hear their teachers while in the classroom. Background noise and a reliance on reading lips inhibit their ability to follow class lectures. Fortunately, certain devices can be implemented to overcome these obstacles. One method with proven success is the FM system, a wireless device designed to capture, filter and deliver sound directly to an individual’s digital hearing aids. Utilizing an FM system helps to reduce distractions from ambient noise, allowing the student to focus on significant sounds, take notes and interact with the classroom.
For many years FM systems have been a staple in addressing hearing concerns, but recent developments have made this setup more effective than ever before. Newer devices have more advanced capacity to filter through background noise, offering crystal clear sound delivery. Additionally, new wireless systems like the Roger Pen, which operates similarly to an FM system, do not provide feedback when multiple devices are present.
There are other options for students who prefer different information delivery methods. For example, C-Print is a speech-to-text technology that uses trained a captionist to type up classroom conversations and lectures in real time. This method is especially useful to the deaf and profoundly hearing impaired.
For academics struggling with hearing loss, there are new solutions that may help. To find out what treatments might benefit you, contact your local American Fork audiologist. At Timpanogos Hearing & Balance, we’ve been providing exceptional audiology and balance services for over a decade. Our services include custom hearing protection options, tinnitus management, and treatment for hearing and balance disorders.