Lakes Country Service Cooperative

1001 E. Mount Faith, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

218-739-3273

    • About Deaf/Hard of Hearing
       
      Possible Indicators of Hearing Loss

      The student may:
      • Have difficulty attending/easily distracted
      • Say "huh" or "what" frequently
      • Fail to respond to or respond inappropriately to questions or requests
      • Be slow to respond or "catch on"
      • Show evidence of strain while listening
      • Focus on the face of the speaker (may be speechreading)
      • Appear more fatigued than other children
      • Have difficulty participating in class discussion
      • Prefer written to verbal instructions and tasks
      • Have difficulty locating the source of a sound
      • Inconsistently respond to sounds
      • Prefer not to take part in verbal discussions and group projects
      • Be irritable, timid, introverted, or tense
      • Have a greater amount of frustration and aggression
      • Have earaches, pain, tenderness, itching, discharge from the ear, noises (ringing) in the head, balance problems, or chronic colds
      • Watch others' actions and copy
      • Have speech problems such as articulation difficulties, monotonous tone of voice, unusual voice quality, and inappropriate volume
      • Have language problems such as limited vocabulary, difficulty with abstractions, and poor written language
      • Confuse words that should alike, or make unusual mistakes in taking dictation or spelling tests
      • Perform below expectations or grade level
      Possible Chain of Effects of Hearing Loss
      Hearing
      Loss
      --> Impaired
      Speech
      Perception
      --> Speech and
      Language
      Delay
      --> Reduced
      Academic
      Achievement
      --> Lowered
      Self
      Esteem
      --> Isolation
      Davis, J. (1990), Our Forgotten Children: Hard-of-Hearing Pupils in the Schools; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education
       
      Next Steps:

      Check with Teacher of Deaf/hard of Hearing, Speech-Language Pathologist, School Nurse, or Director of Special Education to follow school district's referral policy for students with suspected hearing problems.
       
       


      For more information:
      Josh Nelson, 
      Director of Educational Programs
      218-737-6508
       
       
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