Hearing Loss or Deafness

By Triston Brobst


Hearing loss refers to a diminished ability to hear sounds like other people do, while deafness refers to the inability to understand speech through hearing even when sound is amplified.

Deafness means the person cannot hear anything at all; they are unable to detect sound, even at the highest volume possible.

Characteristic Indicators

  • Diminished or loss of hearing
  • Unresponsive to loud noises or voices
  • Lack of startle reflex
  • Inappropriate or incorrect use of words
  • Incorrect pronunciation of words

Diagnostic tests

  • Physical exam. Your doctor will look in your ear for possible causes of your hearing loss, such as earwax or inflammation from an infection. Your doctor will also look for any structural causes of your hearing problems.
  • General screening tests. Your doctor may ask you to cover one ear at a time to see how well you hear words spoken at various volumes and how you respond to other sounds.
  • Tuning fork tests. Tuning forks are two-pronged, metal instruments that produce sounds when struck. Simple tests with tuning forks can help your doctor detect hearing loss. A tuning fork evaluation may also reveal whether hearing loss is caused by damage to the vibrating parts of your middle ear (including your eardrum), damage to sensors or nerves of your inner ear, or damage to both.
  • Audiometer tests. During these more-thorough tests conducted by an audiologist, you wear earphones and hear sounds directed to one ear at a time. The audiologist presents a range of sounds of various tones and asks you to indicate each time you hear the sound.


  • Keep instructions brief and uncomplicated as possible.
  • Clearly define course requirements, lessons, and instruction.
  • Present lecture information in visual ways such as on a board or power point.
  • While lecturing summarize as much as possible.
  • Create text based descriptions of things.
  • Repeat comments or questions from other students and make sure you let the child know that some one is talking so they can focus on that person.
  • If you take a break during class make sure to get the students attention, who is hard of hearing or deaf, before resuming class.
Not hearing loss, deaf gain

Fairy tale lesson

I would have to change my lesson by making sure that the movie has sub-tittles so that the student could know what was going on during the movie. After the movie I would have to get an interpreter to come in so i could start with the lesson and during the group work I would put a special group together to make sure that the student will have the same opportunity as the other. I would have to tell the students to put everything down on the power point so the student could read what the slide is about.