KIPA Group

My Hearing



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OBJECTIVES: (Competency)


  • Is it easy to understand your teacher talking from the front of the room?
  • Is it easy to understand your teacher roaming about the classroom?
  • Does noise make it easier or harder for you to hear?
  • Is it easier or harder to understand people if they are closer to you?
  • What makes it hard to understand all of what a classmate says when they answer from across the classroom?
  • What is reverberation?
  • What happens to your understanding when you can’t see someone’s face?
  • Could an open classroom door be problematic? Why? 
  • Why is the gym such a difficult place to ‘hear’?
  • Why is it hard to understand talking in movies?
  • Why would sitting at the back of a classroom or group (e.g. field trip) be challenging? 
  • What is “visual access” and why is it important?
  • What are good and poor “classroom acoustics”?

OBJECTIVES: (Relatedness)


  • Do I know others who experience the same challenges in different listening environments? 
  • Where can I get support/help to understand how I may hear better in different environments?
  • Who can help me talk to my classroom teachers to facilitate their understanding of hearing loss and required accommodations?
  • Do I feel comfortable explaining my hearing technology to my friends? To others in my school?

OBJECTIVES: (Autonomy)


  • Would you ask to be seated in a strategic location (e.g. front of the room away from distractions)
  • Would you ask to reduce the room noise (turn off fan, music, close door)
  • Would you ask to be seated in a quieter location?
  • What would you do if the person talking was not looking at you?
  • How do you inform a person to stand and talk on your better hearing side (unilateral loss or asymmetrical)
  • How would you request closed captions (CC)
  • Do I know how to manage my hearing/hearing technology in environments that are important to me?