The Deaf Education and Hearing Science Program prepares professionals to work with children with hearing loss in settings that emphasize listening, speech and language without the use of sign language. This approach is known as “Listening and Spoken Language.”
Opportunities for specialists in deaf education and hearing science
Hearing loss is the most commonly diagnosed “disability” among newborns. Nationally, 3-4 in every 1,000 children are born with a hearing loss. When given appropriate equipment and intervention, infants can detect many of the sounds of speech and have the same opportunities as children with typical hearing to develop listening, language, speech and reading skills. These opportunities will not happen without qualified teachers.
The need increases every year for caring professionals to teach every child with hearing loss to listen and talk. Hospital screenings at birth have led to more infants being identified with hearing loss. Deaf education is considered an area of critical shortage, meaning that each year there are jobs that go unfilled.
You will find career possibilities for helping children in homes, clinics, regular schools, and special schools. These settings include:
- family-oriented therapy services for infants and toddlers,
- preschool or elementary classrooms,
- individual therapy sessions or
- itinerant services (providing services that enable students to participate in typical classrooms).