Children with hearing loss, are they really integrated in the classroom?

The last decade a trend is showing in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, more and more children with hearing loss are integrated in mainstream school. In Sweden around 80-90 % of the children with hearing loss are integrated in mainstream schools. According to a survey done by Barnplantorna, a society for children with cochlear implants, 70% of children are using assistive listening devices such as FM-system and
DM-system. (Gyllenram 2012)

But can we be sure that these children are really integrated and a part of the classroom discussion?


1+1 could equal 3, if a classroom is acoustically regulated when using hearing systems

Using hearing products or FM/digital hearing systems is one of the most efficient ways of improving the hearing situation in a classroom for a hearing impaired student. But is a technical solution the only way of improving the sound situation in a classroom?

This white paper will tell more about the results from a study where working memory has been tested in different situations; using hearing products only, making acoustic regulations only and finally using hearing products in an acoustic regulated classroom.

Improving speech intelligibility for children with Cochlear Implants (CI)

To be able to follow spoken instructions in a school environment is a challenge for children with hearing loss even when they are using hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids or cochlear implants. Combining a cochlear implant with a wireless transmission system from Comfort Audio, Comfort Digisystem, offers greatly enhanced speech comprehension during teaching sessions.


Listening and talking with a single unit

Children with hearing losses have a unique situation at school and the teaching environment particularly difficult. Developing ALDs for special schools poses a serious challenge. Can one solution fit all? The ALD should receive and transmit sound so that a child can use the ALD as a microphone to talk to the teacher and fellow students, and listen with the same device. Comfort Digisystem Microphone DM30 combines a receiver and transmitter that can be used both by the teacher and students.



Comfort Focus and auditory sequencing

To hear what the teacher says is essential for all students in school; children with concentration problems, however, are even more dependent on clear speech signals.

This white paper will tell more about a study of 17 children in the age 10-11, using Comfort Focus to improve their auditory sequencing in order to be more focused understanding and remembering instructions in school.



Wireless Transmission of Sound Without Disturbance or Dropouts

Over recent decades, hearing aids have become more technologically advanced, and today most incorporate noise reduction. However, it remains difficult to improve the signal-to-noise ratio with more than 3-6 dB (SNR) with a hearing aid alone.

To achieve the maximum benefit of hearing aids in all situations, a system with wireless digital transmission can be used to improve the SNR with up to 24 dB.



Excellent speech understanding in high noise levels

A recent study by Professor Linda Thibodeau at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, part of the University of Texas in Dallas, revealed that the usage of Roger systems in combination with hearing instruments resulted in significant improvements in speech understanding in noise at 65 to 80 dB(A) noise levels over traditional and Dynamic FM technologies. At 75 dB(A) there was an improvement of 54% over traditional FM.

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