Classroom positioning

There are a number of things you can do to improve the classroom acoustics for your child in order to maximise their ability to hear, listen, participate and learn.

There are a number of things you can do to improve the classroom acoustics for your child in order to maximise their ability to hear, listen, participate and learn.

Let your child know it is important to sit as close to the teacher as possible in a place where they are best able to hear and see information from the teacher and his/her classmates.

Position them away from sources of noise such as fans, doors and windows. Also teach them the importance of always looking in the direction of the speaker as this will give them the best hearing.

If your child only has one implant, make sure that they sit where the implant is closest to the teacher (and not next to the window or another source of noise). Ensure that the teacher is aware that they should try and avoid spending too much time on the side of the child’s ear with the least hearing. This is important as the ear with the best hearing is shadowed from the teacher’s voice by the child’s head.

Soft furnishings, such as curtains on windows, rugs and either corkboards, posters or material on hard walls improves the sound in the room for your child.

You may wish to see if the school can assign a “hearing buddy” for your child to assist them in difficult listening situations. The children in the class may wish to take turns, which can help to foster friendships.