I am currently an art education major, but my dream has always been to work and possibly teach at a deaf school. I was born with a hearing impairment. I was not deaf but I was hard-of-hearing. We did not know about this hearing impairment until I was about four or five years old. I taught myself to read lips, so for the longest time they thought I was just stubborn and hardheaded, but little did they know I just could not hear them. When I was around five years old I went to an audiologist and had ear tube surgery. After that my hearing was 90 percent better. I still struggle every now and then if someone is not facing me when they are talking, but it is much better. Ever since then I have thought sign language and the Deaf
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If hearing loss in a child does not get caught at an early age this could have an affect of his or her cognitive development and the way he or she processes information. Information processing theories emphasis specific stages that it takes to perform metal tasks. In this theory it is proposed that data must be first entered into a child’s memory, then it can be refined and stored. Once the data has been refined and stored, the sense organs collect and transfer this information. The information is then transformed and recorded into memory by the child so that they are able to come back and remember the information at a later date (Meece & Daniels, 2008, p. 25). Because children that are deaf or hard-of-hearing cannot hear the information that is supposed to be entered into their brain, then that also means it cannot be processed, stored, transformed, or recorded into their memory. The information processing theory is completely thrown off because they cannot hear the original information; however, if deafness or hard-of-hearing is caught early there are ways to many ways to manage this.
In my case, I got ear tube surgery when I was around five years old. Ear tube surgery is when a doctor places a small tube in the eardrum to ventilate the area behind the eardrum and keep the pressure