Hearing Well = Improved Learning Outcomes
School accountability for student performance is a given in today’s educational settings. However, children with hearing and listening problems may not perform up to their academic potential because they miss important information in the classroom. Audiology services are mandated by sections of IDEA for children who qualify for special education services, but hearing loss prevention, such as identification and assessment services, are also important for the general education population.
What We Offer
The audiology faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have more than 25 years of experience working with pre-K programs and both public and private K-12 schools to identify and manage children’s communication difficulties. We offer on-site services including mass and targeted hearing screenings, support for amplification and assistive devices, staff training, participation in IEP/504 meetings, curriculum development and consultation. Diagnostic evaluations are also available at our clinic.
An educational audiology program can be tailored to meet the needs of an individual school or of an entire district, and billing can be hourly, daily or flat fee. We recommend that screening and identification be scheduled for the fall in order to be sure that children have good access to the academic program for as much of the year as possible. Diagnostic and assistive device support services may be scheduled at any time in the calendar year.
Services are provided by UNC faculty audiologists who are licensed in the state of North Carolina and who hold Board and/or ASHA certification and are experienced with working with children of all ages, including children with developmental delays or disabilities. We are assisted by a staff of well-trained audiology doctoral students.
- Importance of screening school-aged children. Click Here.
- Why a qualified educational Audiologist is needed in your school. Click Here.
- The impact of mild and unilateral (one ear) hearing loss on children. Click Here.
- How hearing loss impacts development. Click Here.
- CDC Screening Guidelines Click Here.