Hearing Impairment

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Melanie Elletson EDU330 The Exceptional Learner Hearing impairment paper Due May 2, 2007 According to Rena Lewis and Donald Doorlag, authors of Teaching Special Students in General Education Classrooms, a hearing impairment is a disability characterized by a decrease in ability to hear (pg 425). A child with a hearing impairment has trouble hearing sounds in the range of normal human speech. There area three basic types of hearing impairments: sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. Along with these impairments there are many different signs that as parents and teachers we can look for so that we can have accurate testing done. Once the impairment is identified we can decide what type of amplification…show more content…
As children get older three years and above there are other signs to look for adds Strong Health Audiology these may consists of using excessively high volumes when watching TV or listening to the radio, responding in appropriately to questions asked, or failing to answer when being talked to, intently watching others so that they can imitate what they are doing, experiencing speech problems or they have delayed speech, they may also be having difficulty in school, and they may also speak differently than other children of the same age. When any of these signs are noticed an assessment should be done. Assessment for a hearing impairment is very important, a hearing screening test will separate you into two groups: a passing group and a failing group. The ones who pass the screening are presumed to have no hearing loss. If you fail you are in need of an extensive evaluation which would be performed by an audiologist and you may also need follow-up care from other professionals. Tests for hearing impairments can be performed any time from birth through adult years. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America “more than 7 million children are diagnosed with a hearing impairment, many of these can be present at birth, or they can develop later in life. The percentages rise when an infant is born
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