Hearing Loss Toolboxes

Support for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

While the availability of specialists will vary among school jurisdictions, generally speaking there are two types of service which help to support children/youth with hearing loss.

  • Educational Consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Educational Audiology

These specialists work hand in hand often along with other support professionals.  While there is certainly some overlap in their roles, the simplest way to understand the difference is that

  • the DHH focusses on recommendations for adaptations/accommodations for the CURRICULUM
    • The toolbox has primarily information and strategies to support student learning.
    • This toolbox contains some information and suggestions re:  COVID for students with hearing loss (i.e. masks and hearing loss)
  • Educational Audiologist brings expertise about the hearing EQUIPMENT that a student may use.
    • The toolbox has information and instruction for hearing equipment.
    • Due to the changing nature of hearing technologies, this information should be used in reference to a student’s specific hearing technologies.

***Acknowledgement:  These toolboxes were compiled by the Low Incidence Team of Central Alberta with contributions from other consultants in Alberta.

Information about hearing loss:

Mild Hearing Loss-Information and Strategies

What you need to know about hearing loss in the classroom

Simulation of listening without vs. with a personal FM/DM system

Technology Instructional Videos:

Roger Touchscreen DM Transmitter

Roger Inspiro DM Transmitter

Roger Easy Pen DM Transmitter

Connecting a Roger Pen/Easy Pen to an aux audio device (e.g. iPad)

Roger Select DM Transmitter

Using the Roger Educational Network (Touchscreen, PassMic, AudioHub, DigiMaster Tower)

Oticon Connect Clip

Oticon Amigo

How Bone Conduction Hearing Aids Work

Parts of a Cochlear Implant

How to perform a daily listening test-Ling 6 sound test

How to Troubleshoot a hearing aid

How to Troubleshoot a hearing aid 2

Teaching Tips:

The need for closed captions for Deaf & hard of hearing students

Acoustic Highlighting Tutorial

Preferential/Strategic Seating Tutorial for Deaf & hard of hearing students


Critical Information about hearing loss

The impact of borderline, slight & mild hearing loss

The impact of not wearing hearing aids when needed

The importance of self-determination and hearing loss

Math of Hearing Aids

Unilateral Hearing Loss in the Classroom

Sending your child who is deaf and hard of hearing to school

Attitude is Caught, Not Taught

Creating an Accessible Classroom Environment

Hearing Aid Tracking Form

Tracking Form for FM and DM systems

Roger Inspiro Instructional Handout

Roger Easy Pen Instructional Handout

Roger Touch-screen Instructional Handout

** Both specialists require the information from an audiogram in order to provide strategies and recommendations.  Audiograms, therefore, need to be provided with the initial referral and updated regularly (ideally every 3 years).

What services might an Educational Consultant for Children/Youth who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) provide?

The Educational Consultant (DHH) provides consultation largely to school staff regarding programming to support a child or youth with hearing loss.  This might include recommendations for educational resources, accommodations and adaptations.  The consultant might

  • make recommendations for modifications/adaptations/accommodations to the classroom environment;
  • support and provide guidance with specific goals in the students’ IPP;
  • help school staff to understand the effects of hearing loss on learning;
  • assist with training in the use and care of essential listening devices such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and personal FM/DM systems;
  • make recommendations to improve listening situations in the
  • interpret audiology reports for school staff and parents as they relate to the educational setting;
  • assist with identification/use of specialized resource; and
  • providing strategies for the student’s programming the areas of:
    • academics,
    • speech and language,
    • vocabulary
    • listening
    • communications,
    • self-advocacy,
    • social skills,
    • independence,
    • transitioning.

What services might a Consultant for Educational Audiology provide?

This consultant provides support to students who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use equipment to augment hearing in the classroom.  The Educational Audiologist provides consultation to:

  • provide support to school staff with regards to proper use of personal hearing technologies (i.e. hearing aids, cochlear implants), classroom audio distribution systems (CADs) and other hearing assistive technology (e.g. personal FM systems);
  • train the school staff to troubleshoot and monitor hearing equipment; determine how the student’s personal technology can best be used with existing classroom technology (i.e. IPAD, Smartboard, computers);
  • communicate with diagnostic/dispensing clinics and parents regarding child or youth functioning in the school setting;
  • assess classroom acoustics and make recommendations to improve classroom listening situations;
  • interpret audiology reports for school staff and parents as they relate to the educational setting;
  • help school staff understand the effects of hearing loss on learning and the importance of the use of the equipment.

Transitioning from one grade to the next

Transition planning from one year to the next is the responsibility of the school.  Neither the DHH nor the Ed. Aud. consultant will likely be able to arrive at every school in September to provide recommendations or to train the new year’s teacher/staff.

  • When a student moves to a new grade, the new teachers should familiarize themselves with the program recommendations by consulting with the previous year’s teacher(s) and/or the “student learning facilitator”.
  • Recommendations are, typically, stored at the school and/or placed in the student record. At the beginning of the year teachers are strongly encouraged to review and implement the recommendations previously provided.
  • The general understanding of how to use the hearing equipment, how to check if it is working and how to do basic trouble-shooting should be moved from one teacher to the next for a new school year.