How can technology help children with hearing loss?

Primary school children live in a world where technology is second nature. And just as smartphones and tablets help them do a number of tasks simply, there are a range of devices that can assist your child with their hearing loss.

Most people are familiar with devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, but there are many other products that can work in conjunction with your child’s devices to provide optimal sound quality and allow your child an easier time with adjusting to hearing loss.

Assistive listening devices

  • Personal amplifiers- Useful when watching TV, playing outdoors or travelling in a car. The device works by increasing sound levels and reducing background noise.

  • CL ILOOP - This is a hands-free neck loop for audio equipment and MP3 players. It improves audibility through a direct connection between the audio device and a hearing aid.

  • Mobile phones - There are some models specifically designed to be compatible with hearing aids. They include features such as large digit display, loudspeaker and simple menu layout. Devices such as the neck loop and T-Link plug into a connector on a compatible phone. To activate, your child uses the T-switch on their hearing aid or cochlear implant.

Other devices

In the classroom

Creating an optimal hearing environment is important in today’s classrooms where audiovisual information is used extensively.

  • With sound field amplification systems, the teacher wears a microphone that raises their voice above the background noise and spreads it evenly across the classroom.

  • Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) deliver visual resources and captioning to the classroom.

  • 3D printers provide tactile information to students.

  • Captioned multimedia includes TV, DVDs and online videos.

  • Real-time captioning software converts the teacher’s speech into text on the student’s computer screen.

  • Remote microphone technology is increases the sound level of the teacher’s voice above the classroom background noise. A small microphone transmitter picks up the teacher’s voice, sending it directly to the student’s hearing aid, headphones or cochlear implant. The teacher’s amplified voice will be heard at a constant level and stands out from any background noise.

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