From Maddie Schmidt, Au.D.
With the school year just starting, we wanted to share some information that will benefit your child with hearing loss and you, as parents, caregivers and teachers!
Parents/Caregivers: Does your child with hearing loss ever come home from school and seem more tired than usual? Have you ever noticed any mood or behavioral changes in your child after a long, active day at school?
Teachers: Does your student with hearing loss ever zone out or have trouble concentrating during long listening periods? Do they ever complain of being worn out more frequently than students without hearing loss?
Hearing loss, and listening-related fatigue, can be associated with significant adverse effects on your mental, physical, and social-emotional well-being. These can range from sleep disturbances and mood changes to poor academic achievement and daily activity withdrawal. Concentrating for long periods and interacting with peers while listening, attending, and understanding the teacher in noisy classrooms is a lot for any child. Research has shown that children with hearing loss must increase their listening effort compared to children with normal hearing to hear, understand, and communicate. This need for increased listening effort while processing speech throughout the day creates a huge risk for children with hearing loss to experience stress and later develop fatigue.
So, how can you help your children and students with hearing loss? Read more to find out what you can do to help give them the quality of life they deserve! Below, you can find a website with multiple research articles and resources that can help you better understand what your child or student with hearing loss might be experiencing.