Chapter 6

Hearing impairment

Introduction

This chapter explains definitions of hearing impairment and deafness; prevalence; causal factors; identification and assessment; implications of hearing impairment; and issues relating to the education of deaf children. In examining provision, the chapter mainly focuses on pedagogy including general approaches; communication (oral/aural, sign bilingual, and total communication approaches); literacy (in the sign bilingual and oral/aural approaches) and mathematics.

Definitions

In order to define hearing impairment and deafness, it is necessary to clarify two terms: ‘frequency’ and ‘intensity/amplitude’.

Frequency concerns the rate at which sound waves vibrate and is usually expressed as cycles per second ...

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