Hearing Itinerant

What is it?

A Hearing Itinerant is a certified teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who works with students with hearing loss that do not attend a self contained Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.  The Hearing Itinerant travels between multiple buildings to meet the needs of the individual students as well as collaborate with staff to assist the students in successfully accessing his or her education.  

What is hearing loss?

Between “hearing well” and “hearing nothing” lies a wide range of different degrees of hearing loss. Experts distinguish between mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing loss.

  • Mild hearing loss
    Soft noises are not heard. Understanding speech is difficult in a loud environment.

  • Moderate hearing loss
    Soft and moderately loud noises are not heard. Understanding speech becomes very difficult if background noise is present.

  • Severe hearing loss
    Conversations have to be conducted loudly. Group conversations are possible only with a lot of effort.

  • Profound hearing loss

    Some very loud noises are heard. Without a hearing aid, communication is no longer possible even with intense effort.

Population Served

  • Students ranging from 9th grade to 21 years old
  • Students identified with a hearing loss ranging mild to severe-profound in one or both ears

  • Students with a hearing loss who do not attend a Deaf/Hard of Hearing self contained program

  • Students who have hearing loss as their primary disability to students with multiple disabilities

  • Students whose hearing loss impacts their ability to access their education

Hearing Itinerant Services

Consult Services

FM Consult

  • inservice staff and student regarding use of the FM unit and effective classroom implication

  • Troubleshooting with the audiologist

    • Replacing missing or broken parts

Team Consult

  • Educate teachers regarding hearing loss

  • Brainstorm classroom strategies for teaching a student with a hearing loss

  • Identify listening barriers and strategies to repair them  

  • Monitor the progress of students with a 504

Student Consult

  • Develop and manage Hearing Itinerant Google Classroom

  • Listening Checks (FM and hearing aids)

  • Accommodation check in

  • Monitor grades

Direct Services

  • Facilitate advocacy through real-life circumstances

  • Re-teach vocabulary and/or concepts

  • Teaching test taking strategies and study skills

  • Prepare for post-high school life

  • Explore technology relating to hearing loss

  • Research laws and services available to student and adults with hearing loss

  • Identify ideal and complex listening situations and the steps to achieve these in all classes