• 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

    --> Impaired
    --> Speech and
    --> Reduced
    --> Lowered
    --> 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