College Resources for Students with Hearing Loss

Most people associate hearing impairment with older adults or seniors, but hearing loss affects people of all ages. According to a report from Gallaudet University, out of the 9 million people in the U.S. that are either functionally deaf or hard of hearing, about 100,000 are aged 18 – 44. The National Center for Educational Statistics says that about 20,000 deaf and hard of hearing students attend college or post-secondary educational institutions each year.

What resources are available for college students with hearing loss?

You may already know that public schools offer disability assistance to children that attend; but you may not realize this is extended to higher education institutions including colleges and universities. These types of schools offer disability assistance for the hearing impaired including academic accommodations, testing accommodations, classroom accommodations, and more depending on the educational institution you are attending and your specific needs. The important thing to understand is that you need to let them know you need assistance and usually have to go through a process of applying for assistance.

Qualifying for Disability Assistance

You may not realize that hearing loss may qualify you for disability services at the college or higher learning institution that you attend. highlights some disability services that are legally entitled to students to ensure that they are able to participate in coursework and extracurricular activities. They also explain that it is up to you to be proactive about seeking the help. You should schedule an appointment to meet with disability services on campus before you begin classes. Here are some specific tips when you meet with disability services:

  • Document Your Disability
    • You need to provide proper documentation of your disability before you can qualify for services. It’s best to contact your university before you arrive on campus, so you can qualify for assistance immediately.
    • Typically, you’ll need a diagnosis of your current disability, the date of this diagnosis, an explanation for how the diagnosis was reached, credentials of your diagnosing physician, and information about how the diagnosis affects your daily life and academic performance.
    • Of course, this applies to any kind of disability, not just hearing loss or hearing impairment.
  • Bring Questions
    • What services are available?
    • What is the process of requesting and obtaining these services?
    • Is there a separate cost for any of these accommodations and services?
    • Are there any student disability support groups on campus that I can join?

For more information, see this resource here and also find a Disability Services Meeting Checklist.

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