Hear To Learn
Central to education is communication. Hearing Link Tasmania understands how hearing loss can impact on a student’s access to information and participation in educational settings.
For students with hearing loss, there are a range of tools and techniques that we can support you with. Here is an outline of some of the support services and technologies that Hearing Link Tasmania can provide for deaf and hard of hearing students at all levels.
Tertiary student support
Hearing Link Tasmania is able to assist deaf and hard of hearing students in tertiary level education through referrals from the Disability Liaison Officers located at Students Services at both the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Tasmanian Polytechnic.
Referred students are assessed by a Hearing Link Tasmania consultant for appropriate supports or technological assistance. A report with recommendations is provided to the Disability Liaison Officer and the equipment is then purchased for the use of the student during lectures and classes.
Some of the types of assistance we recommend for tertiary or TAFE students include:
A hearing system that works together with a student’s hearing aids to deliver sound such as speech from a transmitter (placed near the lecturer or teacher) to the receiver (placed on the deaf or hard of hearing student). Equipped with omnidirectional and zoom microphones, the FM system can deliver clear sound even in the tough listening situation of a noisy classroom, clarifying speech and eliminating background noise. Click here for more information.
The use of electronic stethoscopes enables deaf and hard of hearing students in the medical and nursing fields to complete their practical placements with ease. The E-Scope II is the latest electronic stethoscope from Cardionics. Click here for more information.
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreters and note takers
Tasdeaf’s Auslan Interpreting Services operate statewide in Tasmania and provide qualified NAATI professional and paraprofessional interpreters who can interpret English/Auslan for students who use Auslan. Note takers are also available for deaf and hard of hearing students. To find out more about this service, please visit the Auslan Interpreting page on the Tasdeaf website. Hearing Link Tasmania is a division of Tasdeaf.
There are a range of personal speech amplifiers that may assist students to hear better in the classroom environment. They can be used by hearing aids users to amplify or ‘zoom’ sounds, or by students who don’t usually wear hearing aids but who require a hearing assistive device in certain situations. For more information about the range of personal amplifiers available through Hearing Link Tasmania, please click here.
Technology for schools (primary & secondary)
Front Row Soundfield active learning systems are designed to optimise classroom sound quality by distributing the teacher’s voice to surround-sound speakers installed in the classroom. Developed for mainstream education, these systems combat issues including teacher vocal fatigue and students not hearing the teacher clearly. This type of technology also assists children who have a speech processing disorder.
Contact us for further information on any of these services or devices.