New Technology For The Hearing Impaired

New Technology for the Hearing Impaired

Technology for Hearing Impaired
This March 2007 article from Suite 101 was written by Beth Lynne. This article highlights new technologies that are being used in the classrooms to help mainstream the hearing impaired.

The Mainstream Classroom
Those that are hearing impaired previously had to be supplied with an interpreter in the classroom in order to function in most cases. Some of the accommodations that are provided are still not very useful. For example, a student that does use a hearing aid might miss teacher instructions or vital parts of instruction if there is a lot of background noise such as students working in groups, talking, etc. Also a student with a hearing impairment has the accommodation of being forced to always sit in the front so that he/she can see the teacher.

Technology that Enriches the Classroom Experience
Assistive Listening System is one of the new technologies that allows the hearing impaired student more freedom. The ALS is a device that has a microphone for the teacher to speak directly into and it transmits to the hearing impaired student. So the student can be anywhere in the room and not pick up on distracts from other acoustics in the room. Also a speech to text system has been developed. This system converts spoken language into written language. This gives the hearing impaired student the ability to be provided with a written transcript of the lesson.

What this means to us
Students that are hearing impaired would have a more inclusive feeling as well as being able to participate more fully in cooperative settings and groups. They would gain the ability to be less restricted in their position regarding facing the teacher. Also teachers could have more freedom in including different forms of strategy when writing a lesson plan.

Footnotes:
Lynne, Beth. (2007) Technology for Hearing Impaired. Mothering Magazine, March 2007.
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