Math 3-6

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We learn to understand many math concepts through what we hear. Students with hearing loss often lack these early learning experiences and therefore can have difficulty developing foundational understandings of number and problem solving. These learners can benefit from support, such as explicitly teaching concepts that are usually developed informally.

Main Ideas

Hearing is measured as the ability to hear sounds in the typical human range of approximately 20 - 20,000 Hz. Hearing loss impacts learning in multiple ways:

  • Hearing loss typically impacts high frequency speech sounds (e.g., /sh/, /s/, /f/, /th/) more than other frequencies.
  • Even mild-to-moderate hearing loss can impact oral language development because children receive degraded auditory language input resulting in distortion of speech sounds. The more severe the hearing loss, the more likely a child will have language development difficulties.

Early detection of hearing loss is essential for students to receive the necessary supports that allow them to achieve the same language, reading, and other Math Communication skills and cognitive milestones as their peers with typical hearing. However, mild-to-moderate Hearing loss is often not identified until a student is four to five years of age, and hearing aids and cochlear implants do not always completely restore hearing.

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