Teaching Deaf Children To Talk
ELECTROACOUSTIC EQUIPMENT FOR DEAF CHILDREN:
INDIVIDUAL AUDITORY TRAINERS and AUDITORY ACTIVITY
EQUIPMENT SET FOR CLASS WORK*
in specialized schools and kindergartens
HOW DO YOU TRAIN A DEAF CHILD WITHOUT A HEARING AID?
Whether a child was born deaf or lost hearing suddenly, the sooner we identify this
problem the better. In the perfect world the child should start using a hearing aid
immediately in order to ease listening and speech recognition when mastering native
language. However in some situations a deaf child has no opportunity to use
a hearing aid. There may be different reasons to that: long lead time or delivery
term of equipment, time required for maintenance or set up of a device, absence
of replacement parts like batteries or ear buds, etc. So in a situation when a deaf
child does not have a hearing aid, an auditory trainer must be used.
An auditory trainer is a special electroacoustic device consisting of audio amplifier
with microphone and high-output headphones. A child learns to hear and understand
a teacher’s speech. If a child speaks into the microphone he/she would hear own voice.
A deaf child in headphones compares the sound of own voice with that of a teacher
and learns how to speak imitating the teacher. Only auditory trainer gives an immediate
opportunity to start training a deaf child while waiting for a hearing aid delivery.
.HOW DO YOU TRAIN A GROUP OF DEAF CHILDREN WITHOUT HEARING AIDS
AT SCHOOL OR KINDERGARTEN?
A set of equipment for auditory activity would be used for group training at
a kindergarten or school when no individual hearing aids are available. The set
includes several auditory trainers and a teacher’s console that are connected.
A teacher speaks in the microphone and each student speaks in the microphone
of an auditory trainer. Deaf children in headphones hear a teacher’s voice, own
voice and other students’ voices. So they master simultaneously:
◊ Teacher listening and comprehension
◊ Speaking while imitating the teacher’s speech
◊ Communication skills in a group talking to each other
*USED in absence of hearing aid devices