09 June 2015

Children with mild hearing loss get overlooked in school

Scottish children with mild hearing loss are not getting the support they need. Because they have better language skills than profoundly deaf children, they tend to get overlooked.

Children who suffer from mild and moderate hearing loss are not given enough support in school which has negative effects on their academic achievements, a study from Edinburgh University in Scotland has found.

Difference between mild and total hearing loss

The study compared the number of support hours per week for profoundly deaf children and children with mild and moderate hearing loss. 

The researchers found that Scottish children with mild hearing loss were given 1.6 hours of support per week while those with moderate hearing loss were given 2.6 hours of support. The number for deaf children was 17.2 hours per week. 

Because children with mild or moderate hearing loss possess better speech skills than deaf children, some learning difficulties get overlooked. Overlooked learning difficulties due to mild or moderate hearing loss can lead to a smaller vocabulary or result in problems picking up what the teacher is saying.

More support hours for mild hearing loss 

The study compared the educational achievement scores of 540 students in Scotland. The average score for the general population is 173 while for children with mild hearing loss it is 144, much closer to the score for profoundly deaf children, 128.

Based on these results, the report suggests more support hours for children with mild and moderate hearing loss and improved acoustics in classrooms. 

Source: www.ed.ac.uk  

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