HEARING IMPAIRMENT

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ACCOMMODATING FOR STUDENTS WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT

People with hearing loss may develop some of the limitations discussed below, but seldom develop all of them. Also, the degree of limitation will vary among individuals. Be aware that not all people with hearing loss will need accommodations to perform their jobs and many others may only need a few accommodations. The following is only a sample of the possibilities available. Numerous other accommodation solutions may exist.

RPWD ACT:

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Hearing Impairment is one of the 21 disabilities that is covered under the RPWD ACT 2016.

Hearing is the ability to perceive sounds through ear. Some people are not able to hear any sounds while some can hear sounds at a certain higher levels after amplification.

People who cannot hear or are hard of hearing come under the parameters of hearing related disabilities.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
  1. What limitations is the student experiencing?

  2. How do these limitations affect the student performance?

  3. What specific job tasks are problematic as a result of these limitations?

  4. What accommodations are available to reduce or eliminate these problems? Are all possible resources being used to determine possible accommodations?

  5. Has the student been consulted regarding possible accommodations?

  6. Once accommodations are in place, would it be useful to meet with the student to evaluate the effectiveness of the accommodations and to determine whether additional accommodations are needed?

  7. Do supervisory personnel and students need training?

Accommodation Ideas













 

 

By Limitation

By Limitation of Hard of Hearing

 

Face-to-Face Communication

  • Assistive Listening Devices (personal)

  • Assistive Listening Devices and Sound Field System

  • CART Service

  • CART Services - Remote

  • Masks - Clear

  • Communicate Another Way

  • Notepad or White Board

  • Portable Text Communication Devices

  • Speech Recognition Software

  • Two-Way Radio With Texting

  • Voice Recorders

Other

  • Amplified Stethoscopes and Related Products

  • Hearing Protection

  • Job Restructuring

  • Training Modifications

  • Vibrating Watches/Alarms

Phone Access

  • Captioned Telephone Calls

  • Headsets - Hearing Aid Compatible, Amplification

  • Telephone Amplification

  • TTY - Portable

  • TTY Software

  • TTYs (Text Telephones)

  • Voicemail Transcription: Voice to Text

Services

  • Aide/Assistant/Attendant

  • Disability Awareness/Etiquette Training

  • Interpreter

  • Real-time and Off-line Captioning Services

  • Relay Conference Captioning (RCC)

  • Scribe/Notetaker

  • Video Relay Services (VRS)

Worksite Acccess

  • Alerting Devices

  • Established Routes of Travel for Heavy Equipment/Vehicles

  • Cyclist's Mirror

  • Industrial Mirrors

  • Noise Abatement

  • Noise Canceling Headsets

  • Paging Products & Services

  • Sound Absorption and Sound Proof Panels

  • Strobe Lights

  • Vehicle Rear Vision System

  • Worksite Redesign / Modified Workspace

By Limitation Of Progressive Hearing Loss
 

Face-to-Face Communication

  • Assistive Listening Devices (personal)

  • Assistive Listening Devices and Sound Field System

  • CART Services - Remote

  • CART Services

  • Masks - Clear

  • Communicate Another Way

  • Notepad or White Board

  • Portable Text Communication Devices

  • Speech Recognition Software

  • Two-Way Radio With Texting

  • Voice Recorders

Other

  • Amplified Stethoscopes and Related Products

  • Hearing Protection

  • Job Restructuring

  • Training Modifications

  • Vibrating Watches/Alarms

Phone Access

  • Captioned Telephone Calls

  • Headsets - Hearing Aid Compatible, Amplification

  • Telephone Amplification

  • TTY - Portable

  • TTY Software

  • TTYs (Text Telephones)

  • Voicemail Transcription: Voice to Text

Services

  • Aide/Assistant/Attendant

  • Disability Awareness/Etiquette Training

  • Interpreter

  • Real-time and Off-line Captioning Services

  • Relay Conference Captioning (RCC)

  • Scribe/Notetaker

  • Video Relay Services (VRS)

Worksite Access

  • Alerting Devices

  • Established Routes of Travel for Heavy Equipment/Vehicles

  • Cyclist's Mirror

  • Industrial Mirrors

  • Noise Abatement

  • Noise Canceling Headsets

  • Paging Products & Services

  • Sound Absorption and Sound Proof Panels

  • Strobe Lights

  • Vehicle Rear Vision System

  • Worksite Redesign / Modified Workspace

By Limitation Of Noise Sensitivity 
 
  • Air Purifiers - No Ozone

  • Alerting Devices

  • Communicate Another Way

  • Communication Access Technologies

  • Fans

  • Hearing Protection

  • Noise Abatement

  • Noise Canceling Earbuds

  • Noise Canceling Headsets

  • Real-time and Off-line Captioning Services

  • Sound Absorption and Sound Proof Panels

  • Worksite Redesign / Modified Workspace

By Limitation Of Ringing in the Ears
 
  • Cubicle Doors, Shields, and Shades

  • Environmental Sound Machines / Tinnitus Maskers / White Noise Machines

  • Hearing Protection

  • Noise Abatement

  • Noise Canceling Earbuds

  • Noise Canceling Headsets

  • Real-time and Off-line Captioning Services

  • Sound Absorption and Sound Proof Panels

By Work Related Function

Communicate
 

Group or Face-to-Face

  • Assistive Listening Devices (personal)

  • Assistive Listening Devices and Sound Field System

  • Neck loops

  • Speech Recognition Software

Services

  • CART Services - Remote

  • CART Services

  • On-site Mentoring

  • Scribe/Notetaker

  • Service Animal

  • Video Relay Services (VRS)

  • Video Remote Interpreting Services (VRI)

Other

  • Additional Training Time / Training Refreshers

  • Aide/Assistant/Attendant

Phone Technology

  • Accessible Telephones

  • Bluetooth Products

  • Bone Conduction Technology

  • Captioned Telephone Calls

  • Cellular Telephone Technology: Deaf & Hard of Hearing

  • Hands-free Telephones

  • Headsets - Computer (USB, VOIP etc.)

  • Headsets - Hearing Aid Compatible, Amplification

  • Hearing Carry Over (HCO) TTYs

  • Outgoing Voice Amplification - Telephone

  • Telecoil Compatible Headsets

  • Telephone Amplification

  • TTYs (Text Telephones)

  • Voice-Carry-Over (VCO) Telephones

Noise
 
  • Cubicle Doors, Shields, and Shades

  • Environmental Sound Machines / Tinnitus Maskers / White Noise Machines

  • Fans

  • Flexible Schedule

  • Folding Wall Partitions and Room Dividers

  • Noise Abatement

  • Noise Canceling Headsets

  • Strobe Lights

  • Telework, Work from Home, Working Remotely

Operate Equipment / Vehicles
 
  •  Alerting Devices

  •  Established Routes of Travel for Heavy Equipment/Vehicles

  •  Strobe Lights

  •  Vehicle Rear Vision System

Safety Standards
 
  •  Additional Training Time / Training Refreshers

  •  Alerting Devices

  •  Established Routes of Travel for Heavy Equipment/Vehicles

  •  Fall Protection

  •  Hearing Protection

  •  Personal Safety and Fall Alert Devices

  •  Plan of Action

  •  Strobe Lights

  •  Vehicle Rear Vision System​

Personalities with Hearing Impairment
 
  • Helen Keller was a remarkable American educator, disability activist and author. She is the most famous Deaf & Blind person in history. In 1882, Keller was 18 months old and fell ill with an acute illness which caused her to become deaf and blind.

  •  Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous composers that ever lived. He was profoundly deaf, but that didn't stop him from composing his world-renowned music

  • 25-year-old Dhruv, congenitally impaired of speech and hearing abilities, has pulled off the unimaginable feat of acting in a lead role. Dhruv has lip-synced dialogues and songs with such ease and dexterity that viewers fail to realise that he has never spoken or heard a sound in his entire life.

  • Girma is a passionate advocate for disability rights. She sparked her own interest in law when she could not access the menus at a university café, and demanded that they make the menus accessible for all students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA). Former US President Barack Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and she has also received a Hellen Keller Achievement Award in 2018.