Volume 11

“Educational Village” for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Hilary Clinton coined the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” in 1996, reminding us that everyone in the community plays a role in supporting children and families. For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, there is an “educational village,” with many dedicated people providing the services they need for successful learning. But who are these villagers?

Audiology in the Classroom

Dr. Connie Mayer from York University, and Dr. Sue Archbold and Brian Lamb from the Cochlear Implant International Community of Action (CIICA) share the research and advocacy work of CIICA to understand the needs of adults with cochlear implants, services that are (or more frequently, are not) available to them, their experiences and recommendations for creating an international network of cochlear implant user groups, families, and professionals.

Volume 10

Teacher Questions: Do Cochlear Implants Work?

In these next few issues of Canadian Audiologist, Pam will address some of the common questions she hears from teachers. The first is, do cochlear implants work?

A History of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (And What That Means for Advocacy)

When Pam Millett began her career, she was confident that she knew the answer to the statement “what deaf and hard of hearing children need is…” Pam and her students have come to realize that it is far more nuanced than ever before.

Supporting Students Transitioning to Postsecondary Education: Advice from an Assistive Technologist

Pam Millett shares her conversation with Angela Harrison, the Assistive Technologist Consultant at the Student Accessibility Services Office at McMaster University in Hamilton, to chat about her experiences in supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing students who require assistive technology.

The Value of Classroom Observation

In this issue, Pam Millett outlines why we need more educational audiologists in Canadian schools, not just to manage equipment, but to serve an integral role in the educational management of students and help ensure continued access to audiology services at school.

“Can’t I Do That Myself?”: Using Apps To Provide Agency for Students with Hearing Loss

This edition’s column was inspired by Gael Hannen’s most recent article, “A Client’s Rant”, which reminded me that it’s so important for clients to express how hard it is to have a hearing loss, and for professionals to acknowledge this.

Volume 9

Reflections on the return to in-school learning for deaf and hard of hearing students

Now that schools are back to in-person learning, I encounter many statements, both from individuals and in the media, expressing the general sentiment “kids are resilient, they’ll bounce back”. Research is emerging on how students have weathered the pandemic academically, while those of us who work in schools have our own observations of how students…

Non-auditory Effects of Noise in the Classroom: Students

This article is a continuation from the previous column in issue #4 of CanadianAudiologist.ca, but this time around, concentrating on the non-auditory effects of noise in the classroom for students, rather than for teachers.

Non-auditory Effects of Noise in the Classroom: Teachers

In the last edition of Canadian Audiologist Pam wrote how high noise levels in classrooms have not improved much over the years. However, there are other overlooked ways in which high noise levels impact student and teacher health and well-being at school.