Challenges with indigenous education, and fluctuating hearing loss: the relevance of optimizing listening conditions

September 1, 2020

Awareness of non-educators to the implications of middle ear infection was raised recently by an article in the Sunday Morning Herald.
Ella Archibald-Binge reported on Aug 30 that a federally funded screening program working with Indigenous learners in The NT revealed around 25% of the children assessed in 67 communities over the past year had middle ear infections.

Sometimes known as glue ear, Otitis media is caused when fluid builds up in the middle ear cavity and becomes infected.

Hear and Learn has worked with schools all over Australia to help with this give the use of teacher microphones and speaker(s), or Soundfield, is recognised as very helpful.

Check out our proof page to learn of one remote school’s experience with our Soundfield technology.

While the internet is well populated with studies verifying the benefits of technology like ours, a recent study made this key observation :

“The immediate outcomes of the assistive technology met the expectations of the school. The successful implementation of the augmented and assistive technology rests firstly on being embedded with a clear school ethos supporting inclusion of students with disability. Capacity is strengthened when the ethos is clearly articulated by the executive leadership, and implementation supported by a whole school approach. In the last two years in particular, the school has taken a more rigorous approach to the identification of students with hearing loss, database management, and the monitoring and review of student learning behaviours.”