Students are empowered when they understand their own hearing loss, including the anatomy of the ear, cause of hearing loss, diagnostic tests and what they mean, and interpreting tests of hearing ability.

This area of the expanded core curriculum includes:

  • Understanding Hearing Loss
  • Amplification Management
  • Environmental Management

(Source: The Expanded Core Curriculum for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)


MDE-LIO does not endorse the purchase or use of any non-State Board of Education-adopted commercial products. Products and services noted below are included for information only and their inclusion should not be interpreted as a recommendation of MDE-LIO.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) offers information about hearing loss, ear infections, and Deafness, including animated videos and images that explain how hearing works and what causes hearing loss.

The Listening Room
The Listening Room offers free resources and activities that support the development of listening, speech, and language for individuals who have hearing loss. Activities are provided for use with infants through adults.