Top 10 Tips for Teachers of Students with Hearing Loss

In this video, we cover the top ten essential tips for teaching a student who is deaf or hard of hearing. 

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Interpreting and Co-Teaching for Students who are D/HH

In this video, we present the roles of the Sign Language Interpreter, General Education Teacher, and the Teacher of the Deaf as they work together in one classroom to support students who are deaf. One student and several professionals give their perspectives on their roles and the implementation of interpreting and co-teaching.   The video also applies to classes where there is only an interpreter or only a co-teach situation.


First Experience Teaching a Student with Hearing Loss

In this video, a teacher describes the typical concerns of teachers who have never taught a student with hearing loss and what it would mean for them.  She addresses teacher concerns about learning to use hearing assistive technology and not having a background in deafness. This video will put you at ease and guide you through your nervousness to a successful school year.


Setting the Student Up for Success

This video addresses the importance of developing a relationship with the student who is deaf or hard of hearing and his/her parents, and how this relationship serves the educational team and the student throughout the school year. Strategies used to support student success are also shared.


Supporting the Staff

Most educational teams do not have experience teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  This video highlights the types of support you can get for your team from specialists in educating students with hearing loss.  Information, consulting, technical assistance and simulations can all be pieces of support for your general education and special education staff.


Ideal Inclusion Settings

Each child who is deaf or hard of hearing is unique and there are a range of supports that you might consider for a student with a hearing loss in a general education setting. This video discusses creating a team approach in a supportive environment as the most important place to start for an inclusive experience.


Benefits and Challenges

There are benefits and challenges for the student with a hearing loss who is educated in a mainstream or inclusion setting.  In this video a school counselor mentions the benefit of students with typical hearing and students who are deaf or hard of hearing learning from each other.  She also talks about some of the reasons a student may feel isolated or embarrassed as they navigate the different settings in their mainstream school.


What We Can Do

In this video, a school counselor discusses how all children need to feel safe and secure in their school community to be able to learn.  She describes a few simple ways that adults in the school community – not just one teacher - can contribute to the student with hearing loss becoming a part of the school community.


Impact of Hearing Loss on Speech and Language

This video outlines the impact that hearing loss has on a child’s development of speech and language and ultimately on learning and literacy. It highlights why classroom accommodations are so important for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.



This video describes common amplification devices that may be used by children who are deaf or hard of hearing, both personal equipment and devices that can aid in the classroom. The benefits and limitations of the devices are included.


Understanding Hearing and Hearing Loss

This video shows the normal hearing process and simulates a hearing loss. Look for mention of what hearing aids can and cannot do and the impact of distance and noise in a classroom for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.


Can You Hear Me?

Children spend 70% of their school day listening – yet schoolrooms are very noisy places.  This video addresses the need for every child in every classroom to be able to hear the teacher’s instruction in order for learning to occur.  It seems pretty basic – yet are we addressing this need?

This video concerns all children – not those with hearing loss.  Dr. Carol Flexer emphasizes the importance of every child in a classroom being able to hear the teacher’s instruction.  For more information on listening conditions in your classroom, you can visit:
or contact an audiologist in your area.


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