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Hearing Impairments

A hearing impairment is a decrease in one's ability to hear (i.e. perceive auditory information).

Deaf and Hearing Impaired people employ the use of Assistive Technology in a number of ways

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  • Receiving Verbal Communication- one to one, or in a group
  • Speaking
  • Perceiving Sound- Music, atmospheric or environmental
  • Processing and receiving information through alternative media, such as text

Selection of appropriate assistive devices is dependent upon the environment and situation in which it will be used. A detailed description of the features and capabilities of each commonly used device/technology will be provided in this section.

The nature of the individual hearing loss is also a significant factor in selecting appropriate Assistive Technology. Assessment of hearing loss can be obtained from Hearing-care professionals (details of Health & Disability Service Providers and can be obtained from the ‘Sources of Advice’ & ‘Service Providers’ links in the Funding and Advice page)

Information about funding and suppliers for accessing Hearing AT is available in the Funding and Advice page. The link is at the top of the page.

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Related Case Studies
Name Age Occupation AT used Impairment Country
42 Associate Professor Hearing Aid with Telecoil,
FM system,
Induction Loop,
Mobile phone adapter,
specialised e-learning and conferencing software.
(note hearing related AT are often called ALD: Assistive listening devices)
Hearing Impairment Slovenian
25 Computer scientist Cochlear implant,
Email and Internet.
MSN messaging
Hearing impairment Slovenian

Related Assistive Technology
Name Type
FM Systems
FM System
Induction Loop
Induction Loops
Personal Amplifiers
Telephone Systems
Telephone System