The Effects Of Hearing Loss On Hearing Impairment And Deafness
Multiple factors play a role in hearing impairment and deafness. One of them is the type of hearing loss. This, too, is broken down into subcategories. Hearing loss can occur in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). Furthermore, while certain types of hearing loss are conducive and can be corrected by surgery, medical treatment, or hearing aids while other types such as sensorineural (damage to the nerve fibers of the cochlea) cannot. Another factor is the severity of the loss which can range from mild to profound. Also considered is the age of onset with congenital (at birth) origins or acquired after birth both before and after the child has acquired language skills (Educating Exceptional Children: Hearing and Visual Impairments, 2010).
Hearing loss can vary from mild to profound with the degree of hearing loss measured in the number of decibels a sound or voice must be increased for the student to hear it clearly. Mild hearing loss affects a student’s ability to hear far away conversations as well as their ability to distinguish speech from background noise. This degree is the equivalent to a normal student sticking their fingers in their ears or wearing earplugs. Students with mild hearing loss don’t typically have difficulty learning except in noisy environments (Describing the severity of hearing loss, 2013).
Those with moderate hearing loss need the help of hearing aids to increase the volume of sound. These students can also use…