Clermont County ESC provides related services to support the learning of students with hearing impairments. Teachers of the Hearing Impaired have an in-depth knowledge of deaf language acquisition. This knowledge and special training enables the teachers of the hearing impaired to assist the student in appropriately accessing the general curriculum. Classroom-based teachers provide direct instruction. Our Itinerant Teacher provides indirect and consultative services.

What does a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired do?

  • Make key professionals aware of the student’s degree of hearing loss and its implication and effect on his/her language, speech, and general academic ability
  • Instruct students using oral/auditory communication, total communication, or sign language
  • Participate in collaborative consultation with teams of professionals who serve students with hearing impairments
  • Share knowledge about hearing aids, FM systems, Assistive Technology (e.g. captioning, video phones, adaptive equipment, etc.) language deficits and recommend classroom accommodations that affect students with hearing impairments
  • Provide assistance in curricular or academic areas where a student is struggling using strategies proven to assist students with hearing impairments
  • Maximize auditory skills by evaluating the student’s current level of functioning and the accessibility to the environment
  • Conduct workshops/in-services for staff on effective strategies for students with hearing impairments
  • Administer educational and language assessments when needed
  • Serve deaf students with other special needs (e.g., mental retardation, autism, deaf-blind)
  • Work with students with cochlear implants and educate school teams
  • Continually assess and evaluate student’s progress and, through diagnostic intervention, modify the program when needed