Hearing loss can affect people of all ages, it does not strictly affect one age group over another. Many children and young adults deal with the everyday complications of hearing loss. People of all ages suffer from the complications of hearing loss and trying to receive an education. Many children can receive the aid they need in school to help with hearing and communication barriers through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). They use digital hearing aids and wireless hearing devices, however, it can be more difficult for young adults in higher education and adults in continuing education to receive the help they need to succeed in the classroom.
As a child in school, there are people to help advocate for your hearing loss needs but in college you are your own advocate. This small difference can be monumental. Hearing loss
makes communication and education extremely difficult. When in an environment such as the college classroom, that focuses largely on lectures, hearing loss becomes an even bigger obstacle to get over. The first step to succeeding as a young adult or an older adult in higher education is to reach out to your professor to let them know about your hearing loss. Colleges and universities have programs set up to help students of all ages if their hearing loss is serious enough to affect their educational performance. The requirements for receiving assistance become more strict once in higher education. With that in mind, self preparation is extremely important.
When walking into the college lecture hall, understand your hearing loss needs. Sit close to the front of the room and closest to the professors podium. For quite some time it has been believed that sitting in the front of the classroom will directly translate into better grades, while that may not be the case, it certainly helps create a better rapport with the professor. Students who sit in the front of the class are often taken more seriously by professors and are easily visible to the professor, helping to create a much better relationship than a student sitting in the back of the classroom. Creating a better relationship with your professor will help them better understand your hearing loss needs and also help you communicate in the classroom.These two simple tips will help you succeed in the lecture hall with your hearing loss. Don’t let higher education make you nervous because of your hearing problems!
If you are in the San Diego area and have questions about your hearing loss, make an appointment to speak with Dr. Ken Podlenski, our knowledgeable audiologist. North County Audiology also offers hearing services such as hearing tests and assistive listening devices.