Resources – Deafness and Hearing Loss
Here are some videos explaining the way a deaf or hard of hearing person or child experiences the world around them, from lipreading to hearing loss simulators. All videos are the property of their original creators; for more information, please follow the video links.
Can you read my lips?
Based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound” by Rachel Kolb, this video explains how lipreading is not as simple as you might think.
Hearing loss and concentration
A diagnosis of hearing loss does not just affect a child’s hearing. One major issue associated with deafness is concentration fatigue, where the child gets exhausted from trying so hard to hear all day. In 2013, the American Journal of Audiology published a study on the effects of hearing loss on fatigue, with school-aged children with hearing loss experiencing significantly more fatigue than those without.
Ian Noon’s article for The Limping Chicken, The impact of concentration fatigue should be factored in, explores this idea. Ian describes being attentive as a deaf person as “like doing jigsaws, Scrabble and Sudoku all at once”. The impact of this on children is tremendous, leading to severe fatigue as indicated in the study. Ian explains the importance of compensating for this fatigue in young children, both in and out of the classroom.
Look, Smile, Chat – breaking down communication barriers
The UK National Deaf Children’s Society developed a campaign called “Look, Smile, Chat”. Teenagers produced Youtube video’s to share their experiences and tips on how to communicate with Deaf and Hard of hearing peers.
You can view more information on the campaign by clicking here.
Hearing Loss Simulation
Hear the Flintstones through the ears of a person who is hard of hearing or deaf.
21-year-old university student Helen talks about her life with a cochlear implant.