Question: Can you include learners with hearing impairments in mainstream classrooms?
Answer: Yes. Learners who can speak, even if their hearing is limited, can learn in most classrooms. If they use sign language, they may need to be in a specialised class.
Learners who have hearing loss may be partially or totally deaf in one or both ears. It may not be obvious that they have a hearing impairment. Look out for learners who struggle to hear what you are saying, or who don’t participate readily in noisy groups.
When speaking to learners with hearing impairments:
- wave or gently touch their shoulder to get their attention
- make and keep eye contact with the learner
- move to a quieter spot if it is noisy
- stand in a well-lit area
- speak clearly so that the learner can see and read your lips
- use big facial expressions.
How can you accommodate learners with hearing impairments in your classroom?