Special Education


Hard of Hearing and Deaf Students:
A Resource Guide to Support Classroom Teachers

Teacher Tips - Hearing Aids/FM Systems

  • Speak in a normal tone of voice with the microphone approximately 14 cm from your mouth. Your voice will be amplified, but remember that no hearing aid will allow your student to hear exactly as he would if he/she had no hearing loss.
  • A personal hearing aid works best within a 2 to 3 metre radius. Beyond that, other background noise will interfere. It is important to be aware of this range for direct instruction and group activities.
  • An FM system will usually transmit for a distance of approximately 45 metres. The clarity of the signal and the amount of information received depend on the student's loss and ability to process the information he or she hears. The student may need to have a clear view of the speaker's mouth to receive all of the information. The gymnasium, or outdoor field trips may be difficult listening environments even though the FM system has an extended range.
  • Encourage speakers in assemblies to wear the microphone.
  • For in-class discussions pass the transmitter to the speaker or, if working in small groups place it in a central location (e.g. the middle of the table).
  • For in-class discussions pass the transmitter to the speaker or, if working in small groups place it in a central location (e.g. the middle of the table).
  • Encourage the student to take responsibility for the daily charging of the equipment, as appropriate. Either you, or another adult or older student will need to check that it is in good working order each morning.
  • It is necessary to have a ready supply of batteries available. Your student is expected to provide them for his/her personal hearing aids. Batteries for the FM system may be obtained from the hearing clinic.
  • Ask your audiological technician or audiologist for a checklist to assist with troubleshooting the equipment. Keeping it close to the area where the system is charged is helpful for other adults working with you.
  • Be aware of the procedure for repair of equipment and check to see if there is a loan process while the malfunctioning equipment is out for repair.

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