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.