A quick tip guide to hearing device components

Is there a professional at your school that can’t find the microphone on a hearing aid?  Or a parent new to listening devices that needs to learn the parts of a cochlear implant or bone conduction device?  Then share these quick and simple videos with them to watch in the time they can drink a cup of coffee!

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.

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  1. Giannina Andino
    Giannina Andino says:

    I think these are great videos for teachers and professionals working with students who use technology such as HAs, CIs, BAHAs and FM systems.
    Although we are not audiologists, it is important for teachers to know and learn the components of the technological devices their students are using.
    I will bet that most of the students where I work do not know the parts of their technology, its function, how to troubleshoot or repair. Most are unable to tell you that their device is not working properly. All of these things must be explicitly taught and reinforced at a young age. Students should learn about their technology, its function, and how to troubleshoot if necessary. This promotes self-advocacy and responsibility, which lends itself to autonomy and independence.
    As part of my student teaching requirement, I had to shadow an itinerant teacher. One of her students was a 5 year old girl who was diagnosed with a mild, unilateral hearing loss in her left ear. She had recently received her hearing aids. The teacher was adamant about self-advocacy and the responsibility of using hearing technology. The teacher was equipped with vocabulary cards with pictures of the different parts of the HA. The first lesson was teaching the student how to open and close the battery door and change the battery herself. She also sent a set of vocabulary cards home for the parents as part of their education in their child’s hearing technology. The student seemed very positive, confident and interested throughout the lesson. She was eager to learn and demonstrated her knowledge independently. SUCCESS!!


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