Understanding & supporting teenage students with hearing loss

Teens and hearing loss are complex topics by themselves. Combined, they represent a challenge that often leaves parents wondering how they will live through this period of their child’s life, teens on an emotional roller coaster from “leave me alone” to “pay attention to me,” and teachers seeking guidance to help understand and work effectively with this age group.

When the indecisiveness, irrationality, and unpredictability of teens meet the misinformation resulting from partial or lack of access associated with the hearing loss, the resulting problem can quickly grow out of control, and into a mountain.

Students with hearing loss will usually respond to what they hear, or think they hear, and assume they heard it correctly without taking steps to verify what was said. This problem by itself probably leads to more problems in social interactions and communication than any other, especially at this fragile age.

Read the entire article, including Ten Tips for Helping Teens at Aussie Deaf Kids