How can technology help my teenager manage hearing loss at school?

High school can be a stressful time for your child. This is intensified when they have a hearing loss and they’re striving to keep up and join in, especially in a noisy classroom or a busy school environment.
Luckily, there are plenty of products that can help them integrate with their classmates, learn more effectively in the classroom and feel at ease during the school day.

Hearing in teenagers & young adults in the classroom

In today’s classrooms, students are no longer just looking at a whiteboard. They’re using computers, listening to audio files, watching videos and taking part in interactive online activities. This means it’s important to create an environment that makes hearing easier. Here are some hearing devices that can help keep students in the loop.

  • Wireless microphone: The Roger Pen is a wireless microphone that looks like a normal pen, and helps to make speech more intelligible in the classroom. It’s unobtrusive so it won’t draw unwanted attention (the last thing any teenager wants).

  • Sound field amplification system: The teacher wears a microphone that raises their voice above the background noise and spreads it evenly across a room so everyone can hear.

  • Interactive whiteboards: These ‘smart’ boards help to provide captioning for video or visual resources being shown in class.

  • Real-time captioning: This software converts the teacher’s speech into text on your teenager’s computer screen so they can follow lectures or instructions.

  • Remote microphone technology: the teacher wears a small microphone transmitter, that transmits directly to your child’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. The sound of their voice stays at a constant level and stands out from background chatter.

At home or personal devices

School doesn’t end when the bell rings at 3pm. There are after-school activities, sports, social catch-ups and homework to be considered. Hearing devices that your child can carry around with them, or use at home, will help them to manage their hearing loss on their own, even when they’re out and about.

  • Personal amplifiers: These devices are useful when playing sport outdoors or travelling in a car to and from school activities. The device works by increasing sound levels and reducing background noise.

  • CL ILOOP: A hands-free neck loop for audio equipment, it improves audibility through a direct connection between the device and your child’s hearing aid.

  • Mobile phones: Some models are hearing-aid compatible, with features like a large digit display, loudspeaker and a simple menu layout.

  • Mobile accessories: Neck loops or a T-link headset plug into a connector on a compatible mobile phone, and are activated with the T-switch on a hearing aid or cochlear implant. The phone connects directly to a hearing aid for clearer hearing.

  • Alerting devices: Extra-loud vibrating alarm clocks mean they'll never miss a before-school practice or activity, helping them to feel more independent.

Have a chat to your child’s teacher or support staff at the school to find out what services and devices are available. Finding the hearing loss technology will empower your teenager to make the most out of class and keep up with their schoolwork requirements, as well as communicating easily with their classmates.

If you want more information about the different devices available to suit your child’s hearing, contact us today.