Date of Degree

6-2022

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Au.D.

Program

Audiology

Advisor

Dorothy DiToro

Keywords

hearing loss, classroom acoustics, hearing aids, hearing assistive technologies, accessibility

Abstract

Objective: This research sought to establish the knowledge levels of undergraduate education majors at Brooklyn College with regards to hearing assistive technologies, optimal classroom acoustics, and signs of not hearing. Additionally, the intent is to utilize the results of a thorough literature search and this study to create a comprehensive guide for future educators; Hearing Loss: A Tool for Educators.

Methods: Undergraduate education majors enrolled in the Communication and Disorders (CASD) 1114: Introduction to Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders were surveyed on their knowledge of hearing assistive technologies, optimal classroom acoustics, and signs of not hearing. A lecture was then provided encompassing the above mentioned as well as a general overview of hearing loss. A survey was provided at the beginning and the end of the lecture for the students to complete to track knowledge awareness of the topics discussed.

Results: A between groups and within groups analysis was performed using a Cronbach’s Alpha test of reliability. Students consistently performed poorly on questions related to optimal classroom acoustics and signs of not hearing when results of pre and post lecture were analyzed.

Discussion: Comprehensive background knowledge of optimal classroom acoustics and signs of not hearing are imperative for future educators. Teachers of students with identified hearing loss and of those who have yet to be identified, need to know how to best care for their students. Further education regarding these topics needs to be infused throughout the coursework at the undergraduate level. Conclusion: A basic understanding of hearing assistive technology, signs of not hearing, optimal classroom acoustics, and accessibility is essential for future teachers as they are likely to encounter students with hearing loss during their careers. Additionally, improving classroom acoustics and access to auditory instruction benefits all students, even those without hearing loss. Curriculum in undergraduate and graduate education programs should highlight these important topics.

Keywords: hearing loss, classroom acoustics, hearing aids, hearing assistive technologies, accessibility

Knowledge and Awareness of Hearing Loss by Education Majors Lecture.pdf (8001 kB)
Hearing and Hearing Loss: Lecture Slides

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