Why the pediatric audiologist should be your new best friend

Think about all that goes into a rock concert — instruments, lights, a stage, equipment and musicians.  But the concert will not be a success or may not even go on if you don’t have a great sound technician. The same holds true for a child with hearing loss.  None of the professionals and family involved with the student will be able to do their jobs without the child having access to sound and appropriately programmed listening devices. The pediatric audiologist is the sound technician that can make those things happen.

It is your responsibility to make sure your student is hearing optimally when she is in the educational setting.  Communication with the audiologist is a must for setting realistic social and educational goals and providing appropriate intervention.  Contact the audiologist to learn about the child’s equipment, to learn about the use of an FM system in the classroom, to get an aided audiogram, and to ask questions about how the child is hearing.  Remember you will need up-to-date releases in order to exchange information with the audiologist and the other team members.  It’s best to do this right at the beginning of the year.  Then introduce yourself in an email or in person to the audiologist to establish a working relationship.  With the inside scoop on all things related to sound, the audiologist will be your new best friend taking you to the rock concert.

Jennifer Manley served as a classroom teacher for students ages 3 to 12 at CID – Central Institute for the Deaf. She currently works in professional development giving presentations on auditory development and is co-author of CID SPICE for Life, an auditory learning curriculum and author of the 2nd edition of CID SPICE.

4 replies
  1. Javed Kassis
    Javed Kassis says:

    The above mentioned is absolutely true and acceptable. Being an educational audiologist is not an easy job. They are the sound technician which helps to develop your kids hearing capability. They need to be highly alert in order to understand the child and plan work accordingly.

  2. Karen Beede
    Karen Beede says:

    I agree that educational audiologists are a real gem. I learned so much from ours. Unfortunately, her experience was not all positive. Many teachers were not receptive to her suggestions and ideas. She left after two years.

  3. Yara
    Yara says:

    Though this is very true I am also starting to realize how important it is to maintain a close relationship with all service-providers that a student requires. Knowing what a student is currently working on in speech, for example, can provide teachers with beneficial knowledge for structuring their own lessons with that student.

  4. Stella
    Stella says:

    I am a teacher candidate for the deaf and hard of hearing and one thing that is very clear to me as a student teacher is how incredibly valuable the educational audiologist is. It can feel helpless as a classroom teacher, to have students with hearing technological issues during the day. It is so comforting to know that with frequent and predictable visits from the audiologist you can report things gone wrong, ask questions about the equipment and receive information about the more medical happenings of the children and family as they relate to the child’s hearing. its true that no matter how good the education is, if the child doesn’t have access to it physically, it won’t make a difference! I’m curious about the differences in training or background between audiologist and educational audiologist.


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