Skip To Main Content

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