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The Role of Audiologists in the Classroom

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 11:32:26 AM Australia/Melbourne

The Role of Audiologists in the ClassroomOur younger generations are our most important, gearing them up for success at a young age in a digitally-driven world. Technology runs everything, specifically our lives, and sensationalism is a major component of growth. Kids are jaded, they’ve seen it all, they’re used to devices that do everything for them and they’re rarely impressed. In the world of audiology, this can be a problem. Not only can it be, it generally is. Sounds are louder, lights are brighter, senses are definitely taking a hit.

 

Luckily, with the evolution of the catalysts of hearing loss, also comes the evolution of solutions. Solutions are what the Hearlink team lives to profile, especially on the blog portion of our site. We love championing wins within the industry, especially as they relate to our younger audiences. Your ears grow and change throughout your life, but your formative years are the most crucial as your ears develop.

 

So, where do young ears pick up the most knowledge? For the vast majority, it’s in the classroom. And no longer are we just working with regular teachers, educated on a specific topic. In fact, with the evolution of audiology-related research, an important gap has been found, and that’s the presence of an audiologist within the classroom.

 

Healthy Hearing shared an insightful article on this topic lately, and the Hearlink team agrees with their findings. First of all, let’s explain what an educational audiologist is. They’re commonly referred to as EdAud and they’re well-versed in healthcare. They provide the highest level of support to all children in classrooms who have less than optimal hearing. Too often, hearing loss is determined too late in the game for children; they’ve already missed out on important learning milestones. They don’t know enough to call out their hearing loss, unless a professional is able to point it out to them and their parents.

 

So, what’s their role in the classroom? They speak directly to the teacher about acoustic modifications, they help out with outfitting impacted children with hearing assistive technology, and they even counsel both the parents and the teacher about the level of hearing loss and the best solutions.

 

Frequently they fold into a program called Individualized Education Program or IEP. They then provide hearing assistive technology and adjust curriculum to suit every child’s needs, no matter what their age or degree of hearing loss.

 

Audiology rules are different no matter where you live, so it’s always important to reach out to your school or area’s leadership to determine what’s feasible for your child. It should be of the utmost importance to take advantage of resources that are available, and hopefully low or no cost. Just make sure that you’re flagging this early for your child’s school, so that they can plan accordingly, and you can enjoy the school year.

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know. The Hearlink team would love to hear from you and ensure that every generation of your family is well taken care of.

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