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Hearing technology grants awarded

13 April 2016

More than 45 preschools and schools will install specialist hearing technology that will support students with hearing impairments in the classroom.

One-off grants totalling $428,000 will fund the installation of ‘soundfield systems’, a system that amplifies a teacher’s voice via a wireless microphone that is linked to a speaker or speakers around the room.

Funds were allocated to preschools and schools based on a range of considerations, such as the number of children and students with a hearing impairment at a site, Aboriginal children and student enrolments, and the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage.

Children with hearing impairments can struggle to keep up with learning – listening to the teacher and their fellow classmates can be a real challenge.

Evidence shows specialist sound technology used in a learning environment can greatly assist students with hearing impairments, as well as those with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and auditory processing disorder.

The technology can have a positive impact on the entire classroom, engaging students in learning and fostering concentration for longer periods of time.

Teachers can deliver learning in a way that reaches all students in the classroom without having to strain their voices, while students can hear and understand what they are learning much better.

For the full list of schools who received the grants view the media release.