Disabled Students Programs & Services at College of San Mateo - Hearing Impairments (Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing)
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Hearing Impairments (Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing)

More individuals in the United States have a hearing impairment than any other type of physical disability. A hearing impairment is any type of auditory impairment while deafness is an inability to use hearing as a means of communication. Hearing loss is measured in decibels and may be mild, moderate, or profound. A person who is born with a hearing loss may have language difficulties and exhibit poor vocabulary and syntax.

Classroom Strategies

  • Interpreter, real-time captioning, FM system, notetaker
  • Closed-captioned films, use of visual aids
  • Written assignments and lab instructions
  • Demonstration summaries
  • Visual warning system for lab emergencies
  • Use of electronic mail for class and private discussions
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