Original Published Date: December 20, 2020

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How Big Of A Hinder The Barriers Of Communication Are In Terms Of Effective Learning?


There are two other factors that complicate how children perceive verbal instruction in the classroom. Those factors are their distance from the teacher and changes in the loudness of the teacher’s voice during the day. Two main factors regarding barriers in communication, that must be overcome!

That, along with good eye contact, is always expected among teacher and student. It shows a level of bonding!

Parents and teachers can easily notice that if a child with hearing loss is at some distance, he or she will be less likely to respond to speech, especially if noise is present from a busy fast-food restaurant or other noisy setting. How barriers of communication are overcome can be achieved within the correct environment.

Teachers typically move throughout the classroom as they teach and provide instructions. This tactic helps young students stay focus to sound.

Therefore, they may be close to the student sometimes and far away at others.

Also, teachers change the loudness of their voice throughout the day in response to background noise level, emotional intensity and fatigue to overcome communication barriers.

As a result, the loudness of the teacher’s speech relative to the noise (S/N), is constantly varying even if the child is always seated at the front of the classroom.

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Distance of the child’s ear or the teacher’s microphone from the teacher’s lips.

Classroom acoustics can affect teacher voices and student listening. (Another barrier that has to be taken into consideration.)

The constantly varying S/N is the reason why merely seating the child close to the teacher will be inadequate to meet the child’s speech perception needs in a typical classroom setting. Preferential seating is not enough!

The relationship between the S/N and the distance from the teacher is illustrated in the chart. The level of background (ambient) noise in an occupied classroom can be 60 dB.

If you will remember, the typical vocal loudness of the teacher is also 60 dB sound pressure level (SPL).

Both the loudness of the teacher’s voice and the background noise vary continuously resulting in periods in which the S/N may be relatively favorable (i.e., +10 S/N) to unfavorable (i.e., -6 S/N).

Most classrooms have background noise levels that result in a range of S/N occurring from -6 dB to +10 dB. Changes in S/N vary from moment to moment throughout the day.

Even children seated close to the front row may be 6 to 12 feet from the teacher as he or she moves about the front of the room.

In order for the entire speech signal to be above the background noise, the S/N must be +15 dB (this assumes no benefit from early reflected sound).

Children with hearing loss, because they typically don’t perceive speech as loudly or as completely as people with normal hearing, require a S/N even greater than +15 dB if they’re to truly have equal access to verbal instruction.

The loudness of the teacher’s voice is also an important factor that needs to be taken into account when considering S/N.

Some teachers speak loudly, others have quieter voices. Classrooms with inappropriate levels of background noise require a teacher to raise the loudness of her voice for hours each day.

Total communication, is a ‘key’ factor in all class settings.

Reducing background noise in a classroom to an appropriate level is an obvious way to try to achieve a +15 S/N. and one way to overcome a barrier.

For children with hearing loss, the S/N level present in a classroom will be both inconsistent and insufficient to meet the listening needs of the child with hearing loss.


12 Challenges or Barriers When Listening to Learn


  1. Hearing loss causes a reduced “listening bubble” that is improved by hearing aids or cochlear implants, but normal hearing is not restored.
  2. Child misses some of the communication naturally occurring in their environment but beyond their “listening bubble.”
  3. The resulting gaps in language or world knowledge may be minimal to substantial.
  4. Speech may be perceived with some sounds  missing (i.e. high frequency consonants).
  5. Hearing aids or cochlear implants deliver speech at a quieter loudness than what is typically heard by persons with normal hearing.
  6. Ability to attend to verbal instruction varies over time with auditory and visual distractions, level of fatigue and interest.
  7. When the speech puzzle is incomplete and smeared, the high pitch rapid speech of classmates can be incompletely heard and peer relationships may be affected.
  8. Teacher vocal loudness, distance, and background noise change continuously.
  9. Acoustic energy of speech decreases the farther away the child is from the teacher.
  10. Background noise covers up quieter parts of speech.
  11. Reverberation affects clarity of the perception of speech by smearing sounds, adding noise due to prolonged sound reflections and shortening the critical distance for listening.
  12. When more effort is needed to perceive speech less energy is available to meaningfully comprehend what has been said and achievement is affected.

As previously described, are the barriers of communication overcome & effective? There are many challenges or barriers to listening that often occur for the child with hearing loss who is listening to learn in a typical classroom.

Learning Can Really Be Fun


Children are amazingly resilient and adaptable. Learning does occur for children with hearing loss.

Their special needs are met, especially when the educational system accommodates the child’s difficulties.

This is noticed in regards to perceiving verbal communication in the classroom. We can address barriers to learning.

Teachers can become aware of the effects of the day-to-day challenges to each child’s ability to learn in a typical educational environment.

Encouragement and positive re-framing focus on your youngster’s strengths and positive intentions.

By demonstrating an unconditional belief in your youngster, you lay the foundation for an “I can do!” attitude (confidence), enthusiasm and motivation for personal growth.

You offer encouragement by words, actions, and feelings. Your kid might need a hug after falling off a swing and some prodding to get back on.

Or perhaps he or she might need you to be lovingly firm through all of the tears before his or her dance class (which, of course, they’d enjoy once there).

Positive re-framing requires that you, as a provider, point out the silver lining to every cloud regarding the hearing impaired.

When a negative or potentially negative situation occurs, you re-define (re-frame) it in such a way that makes the youngster hopeful and motivated towards healthy outcomes.

For example, “You tried so hard to help daddy by carrying a big, full shopping bag. Next time we’ll have you carry a smaller one and maybe we can avoid having the bag rip.”

Encouragement and positive re-framing are especially useful in promoting a youngster’s capacity for self-appraisal.

How Do Parents Use Encouragement And Positive Re-framing?


Those two closely related techniques are often used together. You use them whenever you accurately paint a positive picture of your kid’s efforts and abilities.

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With practice, you can identify and underscore positive elements for the young individual in any situation, no matter how bleak it appears.

Choose comments and questions that held your youngsters assess and praise himself, such as, “Aren’t you proud of yourself for studying for your test.”

Make encouraging comments, such as, “You sure did make the dishes sparkle!”

Re-frame discouraging situations; for example, “Yes, you got a D, but it is an honest D – you studied, you really tried and you didn’t cheat. I am proud of you.” 

Boosting your kid’s self-confidence helps him have faith in his ability to confront everyday challenges and to create positive outcomes.

Some find it hard to directly accept encouraging comments but can benefit from overhearing/over “seeing” your praise. For example, when Emily is present ask a third party, “Did you know that Emily swam the length of the pool today?”

Another helpful method for interrupting undesirable behaviors and extricating your kid from negative situations is to review positive moments, “I remember when you…”

In this way, you help your youngster remember past successes, renewing his or her faith in their own ability as well as the bright side of life.

Mutual Respect And Empathy


Mutual respect builds your kid’s self-esteem and sensitivity to others. Empathy, the ability to understand another’s point of view, is a necessary skills for building healthy relationships.

Parents can best teach their child about mutual respect and empathy.

This is done by demonstrating respect and understanding for him or her, for their feelings, thoughts, and experience.

Though this sounds simple, accepting a hearing impaired individual fully means accepting the child’s deafness.

If parents are shocked, saddened, confused or angry about their kid’s condition, then the parents should seek help to cope with these feelings.

In addition, the hearing family must learn to accommodate the hearing impaired toddler’s communication needs, which does not happen overnight.

Therefore, a parent might have gaps in understanding how his youngster thinks and feels about things.

This doesn’t indicate the absence of mutual respect, it indicates a communication problem that will require more patience and time to resolve.

The results are worth the investment of time and patience.

Families that base their relationships on mutual respect and empathy have an easier time living together, cooperating, and learning from one another.

How Do Parents Build Respect And Have Empathy


You convey respect (or lack of it) for your deaf child by many of your daily actions.

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You fail to respect your youngster when you talk down to him or her; purposely embarrass them; laugh at their efforts; exclude them from family communication; or look through their private belongings without asking permission.

You convey respect by soliciting and listening to your youngster’s opinion, by allowing him or her the latitude to negotiate his communication needs.

This also include expressing clothing preferences, choosing friends, and pursuing hobbies.

You want to send the message that you value his or her taste and individuality.

You demonstrate your respect for them through myriad of subtle actions.

But not rushing to your deaf youngster’s rescue when he or she is trying to solve a math problem, repair a broken toy, or construct a Lego skyscraper, you show respect for (and confidence in) his independent efforts and accomplishments.

Parents and caregivers should show empathy (understanding), not sympathy (pity), for challenges and obstacles that come their way due to his or her hearing loss.

Humor And Affection


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Find ways to laugh, love, and in short, enjoy your hearing impaired child. All of the parental worrying, drudgeries, schedules, and heartaches should be balanced by laughter, affection, excitement, and joy.

There are no rules that say parents must always be serious.

Allow your child to rekindle your playfulness – tickle, giggle, joke, go sledding, hug, love, and be downright goofy whenever you get the chance.

Love, humor, and affection can go a long ways in regards to raising a child with hearing loss.

How parents can use humor and affection?

Love, cherish, and accept your child simply because he is himself or herself. Your child needs to know that even when he or she misbehave you still love them.

This gives them the message that you may not love some of their behaviors, but you will always love them.

This enables your child to take risks, practice problem-solving skills, and examine his behavior, without worrying whether their efforts will affect your show of affection.

Physical and emotional affection are key components of parenting. Verbal and nonverbal expressions of your feelings show your child that your support and love are everlasting.

Such actions as saying “I love you,” hugging, kissing, or affectionately playing with your child’s hair (especially when he or she is not expecting it) tell them just how special and important he is to you.

Never overlook the value of humor. Like playful playing, laughter, joking, and daily silliness greatly restore perspective.

When parents defuse tension by seeing the lighter side of a problem, children feel less threatened and take more risks in examining their difficulties.

NEVER make a joke out of your hearing impaired child – it is not funny to be ‘sacrificed’ for the sake of a good laugh.

Addressing Challenges in the Learning Environment


All professionals who have the responsibility to educate children with hearing loss should recognize that hearing impaired kids have challenges in the learning environment that are barriers to their equal access to instruction and academic success.

As has been mentioned, all children in the classroom have the challenge of listening in order to comprehend information presented verbally while in the presence of inappropriate levels of background noise or reverberation.

Listening is a primary gateway to learning and although we cannot expect the millions of classrooms across the country to provide ideal acoustic conditions, we can acknowledge that inadequate classroom acoustics provide a clearly identifiable learning barrier.

Educational environments that have inadequate acoustic conditions can cause irreparable erosion of achievement for children with hearing loss by preventing them from optimally accessing verbal instruction.

The ability to achieve in the classroom is related directly to the ability to access verbal instruction. It’s so important that children communicating and interacting with their instructor, is an ongoing task.

Therefore, Classroom acoustics  is a vital consideration when determining the need for accommodations and specialized instruction that a student with hearing loss will need for success.



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54 thoughts on “How Barriers Of Communication Are Overcome | 12 Most Important Ones

  1. Young children can lose their hearing after they get some illnesses, including meningitis, encephalitis, measles, chickenpox, and the flu. Head injuries, very loud noises, and some medications can also cause hearing loss. My sister’s son got meningitis as a baby. He’s just 2 right now but doctors are concerned about his hearing abilities.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Was your sisters baby born with this disease? A good audiologist will always treat your nephew with proper care. Your sister needs one to determine the extent of his hearing abilities. Pass this post on to her. Perhaps it will provide proper guidance. 

  2. Nuttanee

    Thank you for sharing such an informative post about communication. This topic always interests me. I think that not just all of us as human love to learn no matter what our circumstances are. It is our jobs as an adult to encourage children to learn and come from a place of compassion. I will share your 12 tips to all my friends who are a teacher. 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hello my friend. I’m glad you found some value in my post. Thank you for wanting to share my post with your teacher friends. Many families around the globe have at least one or two family members suffering from hearing loss. Or they know someone who is.

  3. Jonathon Howard

    I think you have provided great information on lots of different aspects of children being able to focus and listen in the class room, if they had applied more of these techniques when i was in school I think I would have had a much better experience in school. I believe this is something all parents and teachers could learn from and would benefit children in many ways with this wonderful information. I think your doing a great thing and I wish you all the best.


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thanks Jonathon. Any additional information that will help teachers in the educational system, than It’s all good for me. Hearing disability is a growing problem in America and abroad. Hopefully, my article will get noticed and give special ed teachers some ‘additional ammunition’ to dwell on. 

  4. Misael H

    My little sister came home from school the other day, shouting that there was a new kid at her school, and he was deaf. She wanted to know how she could communicate with him because she felt bad that he couldn’t hear everyone. This is how I landed on this site, my sister will have a lot of fun learning this, and I think she will enjoy being able to talk to her little friend ❤️

    • Ronald Kennedy

      What a touching and kind gesture your little sister wants to make regarding helping the new kid. The school system needs more students like your sister that has a caring heart. My site has many articles & tools that help those wanting to communicate with the ‘hard of hearing.’ I’m providing another link that shows you how to use sign language and what each mean. (These signs are posted right on the page) Go here: Easy Simple Hand Gestures

  5. What a fascinating read Ronald. I had never considered the challenges of a child learning in a classroom system but I have become so aware of the challenges lately with my partner losing some of his hearing. It has been a big challenge for me to adapt to him on an everyday basis and having you explain the variables in any room during conversations with several people makes me realize how important it is for us to understand and help.

    Especially with making our children and our family feel that we don’t love them any less for their hearing challenges. This was a great review. Thanks.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Lily for the compliment. Glad you found value in my post. Hearing loss affects many families around the globe. It becomes a difficult task when these non-hearing kids are placed into classroom settings with hearing children. It’s up to the instructor to organize and setup the classrooms where everyone is comfortable and learning is maintained smoothly.

  6. Chuck Adkins

    Great article. I am not a teacher but I understand that a teacher and parent need awareness in the child is hearing impaired. By taking some time to understand the child’s point of view both parent and teacher will be successful in a child’s education. You mentioned this awareness with children’s hard of hearing. However, I believe this approach can translate to all children. Good read thank you

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Chuck for checking in with me. Sometimes you would think special education teachers don’t get enough credit from the job the do. Parents and teachers have to work together when dealing with a deaf child. Getting special care from both ends (parents & teachers) will benefit the child greatly.  

  7. Joyce Easton

    Oh, what a terrific situation! I’ve seen people (with special cases of hearing loss) who find it extremely difficult to hear properly even when you speak directly into their eardrums. Some of them pretend not to hear you the first time and may ask you to repeat your words so they can turn their more responsive ear to you when you speak.

    I found the 12 barriers or challenges to listening very informative and educative. These challenges are more devastating with children because this is the time when they need their listening ability most. Thanks for the helpful tutorial!


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for reading and I hope you got a better understanding of situations in the non-hearing community. Deaf children, over the years, must learn to adjust to hearing children. That’s why it’s so important for educators to help prepare these children. It’s not always going to be an easy road. Thanks again. 

  8. Good day

    This is a very important article for both parent like me and teachers. Having a child with hearing problems myself I understand and have experienced all the challenges that come with it. I have however experienced that boosting your child’s self confidence comes with all sorts of positive outcomes.

    My child’s teacher has also been very helpful in addressing all the challenges that come with his hearing impairment and I will forever be grateful.

    Thank you for such and informative guide to us parents and even to the teachers out there who are doing such a wonderful job teaching our children.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hello my friend Boi. When a parent discover their child is suffering from hearing loss, it could be a devastating thing. Taking it to the next level in regards to educating that child is a daunting task, for teachers and parents. Hats off to all those educators who want the child to have a better and close to normal life.

  9. A lot can be said about communication barriers and that is one reason for general disagreement in many matters, because there is no agreement and that is as a result of lack of communication between these people. I actually like the options you have given to be better and of all of them I really like the respect and empathy aspect which we all ought to have. 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      When barriers are in place that hinder communication efforts, then the more serious issues cannot be solved. Of course, with any situation looking to be solved, respect should always come into play. Thank you for commenting.

  10. The essence of communication is to ensure information is passed. The message is being decoded and also to ensure that it is understood. Though it appears simple but then, it can become a real difficulty in some cases and this has rightfully addressed it all. I honestly value what has been shared here and it makes a whole lot of sense too.thanks

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you my friend for commenting. I’ve always stated before how important communication is in all facets of life. Rather its immediate family, getting involved with dating or undertaking a job task, communicating and understanding ones thoughts is ‘the cornerstone’ to accomplishments.

  11. Stratos K

    Many interesting information here. I never thought there was so much science behind such a delicate matter and shows how much work needs to be done so children with such problems can grow up in a normal environment and feel equal as the rest of the children. I cannot even imagine how difficult all this is and it makes you appreciate what he have in life.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      You’re right Stratos. We all have to appreciate what we have in life and consider it a blessing that our children grow up healthy and no disabilities. But we must love our children the way they are. We all have to deal with the hand God gives us and nothing we can do about it.  

  12. lioness98

    This is a really great post. Learning really can be fun, and also should be interesting to children. I think you are really helping parents, especially the young ones a that is nice of you. Respect and empathy are important, also communication. Thank you for sharing this with us who have no experience in parenting.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for reading. I guess every little bit of knowledge helps. Good guidance is to be focus on regarding child care. No matter if hearing disability is a factor or not, children should be treated the same. Respect should also be taught & shown at an early age. 

  13. Hello there! this is an amazing review you have got here, I’m sure the quality information in this post will be of great help to anyone who come across it as is to me. This post will completely help my child, that’s why I have saved it so I can go over it in my spare time and get the full understanding.

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Joy. I’m glad you found some value within my article. I’ve always taken great pleasure in helping others. Regardless if it’s my work or whatever it may be, the satisfaction I get is in-measurable. And the best thing about it is, i’m just getting started touching on this subject. I’m hope to help thousands in up-coming months. You mentioned your child. Joy, do your child have hearing disabilities or complete hearing loss?

  14. Jack Stephens

    Very interesting information. I must say that some of what is shared went way over my head, but I get the gist of the presentation. The video was very good as well. I hope every school has at least covered what to do to enable their deaf or hearing impaired to learn the best they can. Thank you for making us all aware of the importance of the problems in teaching and learning with this challenge.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Jack. I’m happy you got the ‘gist’ of the article. Thanks for stopping by. Regarding hearing impaired students within our educational system, more qualified teachers should be trained in this field. Learning ‘sign language’ is a must. If there’s no budget problem, then there shouldn’t be a problem hiring these special teachers.

  15. Excellent article on 12 barriers of communication. I give kudos to your writing prowess. Every point stated here is awesome and wonderful. I believe that the students attention must be gain to suspend the background noise,  and audibility of the teacher is quite important as well. I communicate because communication entails two-way traffic; the speaker and the receiver. I’ve greatly learnt something awesome from your write-up. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you my friend, for stopping by. The teachers audibility skills to command attention from students are important. But what’s even more importantly are teachers having sign language skills. Those students that are seriously suffering from hearing impairment suffers the most. The solution to me is simple: hire better qualified teachers that skillful in the art of signing. Please share this with others.  

  16. Hello Ronald, listening challenges is something we don’t take too seriously with children in classrooms. We often talk more about children attitude toward learnings. You provided evidence that shows the S/N ratio which I find very useful evidence of the effectiveness of communication. This would be the cause of why children are not able to learn or respond. Addressing the 12 challenges is definitely useful for any educator to consider in their respective environment so they can increase the effectiveness and help children learn, including those with listening challenges.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      When hearing impaired students are placed in a classroom, there should be some type of specialized consideration focusing on that group. ‘Specialized’ meaning teachers skilled in working with disabled children and their learning abilities is what’s ‘key’ to their success. Sign language from educators, should be performed to perfection along with oralization skills. Some students will absorb information quicker than others. Please share this post with others.

  17. SeunJeremiah

    Our world is in communication crisis, Kids spends a large amount of time on their electronic devices and with this shift, they are losing their skills in how to communicate their needs with their own voices, improving communication skills could really benefit generations by identifying the problem and solving it just the way you suggested. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Yeah Seun, Face-to-Face communication vs texting is slowly becoming a ‘rare animal these days.LOL! But when it comes down to qualified teachers vs special needs students, this is an area where more consideration should addressed. Schools should hire more teachers better trained and equipped to communicate with these students. 

  18. That’s good one.  But I think I suggest that you put the interpreter in the class as if there is any deaf student(s).  I’ve been experienced learning how to read, write, speak, and lipread when I was toddler because I’m deaf.  The problem is that the teacher walk back and forth and the deaf student try to catch up what the teacher has said.  Only soluation is to get the interpreter to help student understand what the teacher had said. Other student is hard of hearing and sometimes can understand what the teacher had said, sometimes cannot understand.  Good luck!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Good point Carolyn. (That’s one to put into the school suggestion box.) But that issue would lie in the hands of the school board and having the available resources to have an interpreter on staff. Many schools have budget issues and to allow a well trained educator, cuts will have to be made in other areas. I agree that many schools can use teachers who specialize in this field. Please share this with others.

  19. Though I do not know much deficiency all these could be when communicating with an hearing impaired child but my neighbor does goes through some very grave difficulty with her child’s school performances due to the hearing impairments. I will surely share this article with them and hopefully would help to improve the situation when they meet up with the teachers the next time. Thanks

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hearing impaired children always have it hard moving through our educational system. Without the proper teachers and their skill set, those students will continue to struggle. More teachers regarding this specialized field will solve this problem. I feel our education system can do better in regards to selecting qualified instructors. Please share with others.

  20. jessetoikkanen

    Very good and informative article! I really like to read when the author or writer sounds a real expert. As an academic guy I like so much to learn the new things. Basically there were several details I “knew” but didn’t. Hard to explain but maybe some sort of unknown knowns for me before reading this great article. Thanks for sharing this, I am happy to talk and teach our local church kids sometimes and I will adapt these as my routines more effectively!

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you for checking in with me. I hope by reading this post it bought some additional knowledge u sought. Maybe this will help you in your teachings to other. It seems there’s always something new developing and you never to old to learn. Please pass this post along. 

  21. cjciganotto

    Hello Ronald,

    How many aspects that I never thought of as with children with hearing disabilities? Characteristics that may or may not help these children. The teacher’s tone of voice, When walking talking. The architecture of the classroom. The annoying noises outside the classroom, etc. The schools must take into account all these questions, if we want to have excellent future professionals.

    Thank you for sharing such a useful article for me.



    • Ronald Kennedy

      You hit it right on the head, Claudio. Many aspects must unfold and set in place within a classroom setting, for the comfort and convenience of a disabled child. It all starts with the school’s administrative board to recognize how many hearing impaired children our in the school’s system, then hire the most qualified people to teach. 

  22. Florence

    What an in-depth article , I am so glad I came across it. I have a friend whose child has a problem with hearing problems, I am not sure how bad the problem is but I know it’s affecting them gravely. I intend to share the knowledge from this article with them with the hope they can get some guidance that they can also share with the child’s teachers in the hope that in a small way they can work through the challenges and barriers of defective hearing and help their child in the best way possible.

    I will be back to find out more on hearing aids,and where to find them, I hope that will be ok? Thank you.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Flo. Sharing this information will be just what it’s all about in regards to helping someone less informed. Children that’s hearing impaired will always struggle within the hearing community. In school, certain guidelines and specialized instructors must be in place. In regards to hearing aids, I will be posting an article on the subject very soon.

  23. Matt's Mom

    I know all too well about hearing loss.  As an adult I suffer from sudden sensoral hearing loss.  I will act like I am hearing and respond, which may not be a response that even has to do with what was being said to me.  I may pretend I don’t hear at all and just ignore, easier than explaining that I can’t hear, or I may make up excuses.  All these can be present for children as well.  I know that it is frustrating, and probably more so for children in a classroom with hearing loss.  I know where there is more noise around me, then I really cannot hear.  I also have no sense of direction as to where a sound is coming from.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      MM, hearing loss can be a tough thing in life for children and adults. I think school children dealing with this issue have it the toughest going through life. Functioning among the non-deaf can feel like a whole different world. Unless there’s special programs for children, then they’ll always struggle through life in regards to getting a proper education. 

  24. Riaz Shah

    Hey Ronald,

    I recently started teaching one hour classes for eSports at a local university as part of our contract and man, it is definitely hard the first few times! No one would take you seriously unless you show tell them something they like and once they got hooked, tell them something about yourself that would make them wow even more. 

    I find storytelling a powerful medium to help students regain focus and started listening to you more as they tend to lose attention pretty quick. Not sure that it is in line with the classroom listening topic but it does help too. Just my 2 cents 🙂

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Yes my friend Riaz, your 2 cents count. Any good reply is taken well into consideration. You mentioned storytelling in classrooms. Storytelling should be read to all students. This is great, as long as the child can hear you and respond. Sign language is a great tool, but have to be administered separately to those in need. This is where special needs teachers come in play.

  25. Ronald Kennedy, 

    You have highlighted a very important topic in child barriers when listening to learn. With this much information it can help an early child teacher to eliminate the barriers, and make sure every child is on the same page when teaching is in progress. I liked the 12 Challenges or Barriers When Listening to Learn and how you have written them in details.

    Thank you.

    • Ronald Kennedy

      Thank you Martin for checking in with me. Teachers in our society today have a hard enough time with regular students, let alone disabled ones. But children with hearing disabilities has to be taught too. Through training, special need teachers should always be available to assist students when needed. 

  26. Tim Bennett

    Hi Ronald,

    What a very interesting subject.

    It is a world away from my world. I am now 55 and also don’t have hearing issues.

    I do remember when I was at school, there did not really seem to be many faculties for for hard of hearing kids.

    I’m just curious, are teachers today taught to look out for kids with hearing loss?

    Good job!


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Tim. Thanks for checking in. Hearing loss affects many families. Children in a regular school who’s suffering from some type of hearing disability. have the hardest time. If a teacher notice a child not paying attention, not absorbing the daily lesson and producing bad grades, then, through the process of elimination, a hearing issue may be uncovered. Further steps are then taken.

  27. cloflawa

    Awesome information most teachers should know their student’s abilities and work with them to give them a greater chance at learning.

    My sister was working with preschool children and is good at teaching them sign language at an early age.

    You do have some repeating words like the following;

    should recognize that children with hearing loss should recognize that children with hearing loss

    I now use Grammarly on Google to check my writing it’s free and they do have a premium service.

    Overall I love your information anything that helps kids today is a winner in my book.

    Do you think a teacher would benefit the children if they learn sign language? Let me know your thoughts.


    • Ronald Kennedy

      Hi Carl, Thanks for checking in with me. For starters, let me thank you for pointing out the ‘errors of my ways.’ The correction was made. (That happened from staying up too late writing or too much Hennesy; probably both!)LOL. But on a serious note, hearing loss regarding children is devastating among any parent. 

      Hats off to your sister regarding her skills in handling deaf children. To answer your question; I feel it goes without saying that teachers who specialize in this field, should learn sign to better communicate with the hearing impaired. A regular teacher in a normal school setting shouldn’t worry about learning sign unless it was part of his or her job requirement.

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