Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have a range of needs related to their hearing status. A clinical audiologist conducts hearing tests and fits hearing devices such as hearing aids. Educational audiologists are not only trained to do these tasks, but they also have skills and experience to support students and their school teams. 

An educational audiologist can support a student by: 

  • Fitting the student’s hearing assistive technology (HAT) device 
  • Encouraging the student to use and maintain a frequency-modulated (FM) or digitally modulated (DM) system 
  • Working with the student on listening skills 
  • Helping the student develop social communication and self-advocacy skills 

An educational audiologist can support school teams by: 

  • Recommending ways to support auditory access 
  • Teaching them how to do daily listening checks with the student 
  • Recommending ways to amplify the classroom teacher’s voice, if applicable 
  • Conducting functional listening evaluations 
  • Identifying auditory processing disorders 

The educational audiologist works with a student’s clinical audiologist and school team to support access to instruction, learning, and communication in school settings. 

For more information on educational audiologists in Michigan, visit the Michigan Audiology Coalition

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