Supporting Hearing Challenged Students


By: Nicole Strate, Lori Scabarozi, and Natola Steer

It is important to include all students in computer and Internet use.  Supporting hearing challenged students can take some time and preparation.  But there are many resources available to help provide equity for hearing challenged students.  Below are 10 resources, the pros and cons of each website, and a website rating (see scale key on the right).




Rating (1-10)

Web Accessibility Initiative: Designing for Inclusion
  • Discusses making technology available and usable to everyone
  • Links to many resources that discuss web accessibility, techniques, and guidelines to help teachers with equity
  • Overwhelming with information
  • You have to do a lot of “clicking” around to find support for hearing challenged students


  • Software program beneficial to the hearing challenged
  • Translates speech to text, speech/text to Video Sign-Language, and Speech/Text to Computer Generated Voice that could go directly into an implant
  • Beneficial to hearing challenged students to use daily in the classroom and when working with others on Internet projects
  • Costs money


Microsoft Guide for Individuals with Hearing Impairments
  • Describes a variety of features available in the Windows 8 program that would be beneficial to hearing challenged students
  • Not beneficial if your school does not use Windows


The Described and Captioned Media Program
  • Provides a large library of free captioned media titles
  • Resources would benefit all students and provide captioning for hearing impaired students
  • No cons!


Family Village: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Wonderful resources to benefit hearing challenged students
  • Links include contacts, chat and mailing lists for hearing impaired students, information about hearing impairment, as well as resources for enhancing educational experiences
  • No cons!


E-Ready: Working with Hearing Impaired Students
  • Offers educators information on how to accommodate students with hearing disabilities
  • Offers strategies with how to communicate with students who have hearing disabilities and various instructional strategies that can be implemented in the classroom
  • Very few resources listed


Ferris State University: Teaching Strategies for Hearing Impaired Students
  • Offers teaching strategies for students with hearing disabilities
  • Includes strategies to use on the first day of school and also strategies to use during various types of teaching models
  • Offers types to use when a student requires an interpreter
  • No cons!


Listen Up Web
  • Information and products for students who are hearing impaired
  • Offers answers, ideas, and resources to use for students with this type of disability for parents, teachers, speech therapists, and others to use
  • Some devices cost money


Help Kids Hear
  • Advocates for children with hearing impairments
  • Offers up-to-date news and findings on hearing loss/hearing impairment
  • Provides links to learn more about assistive technology
  • Primarily a site for parents of hard of hearing and deaf children (not aimed at teachers).


LD Online: Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Explains auditory processing disorder
  • Offers practical strategies for classroom use
  • Identifies common areas of difficulty and some educational implications and suggests adaptations to teaching styles to better serve students with impairments
  • Not strictly dedicated to students with hearing impairments
  • Focus is on Language Arts as opposed to Math/Science.
  • Primarily a website for parents of students with impairments