Improving learner outcomes

Understanding Hearing Loss
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
Flexible licensing options

About understanding hearing loss

Students with hearing loss may have difficulties in acquiring language and literacy skills, which may impact on their ability to access content across the key learning areas.

These students can:

The training has helped me set learning goals for my student that I feel I can help her achieve.

Learning and Support Teacher

  • have difficulty hearing other people clearly, and misunderstand what they say
  • have to ask people to repeat themselves
  • become tired or stressed because of how hard they have to concentrate on what other people are saying
  • feel isolated because they are unable to contribute to classroom discussions
Designed for professionals

Fantastic course for learning about hearing impaired children in the classroom. Gives you information to help with planning and classroom strategies.


Course outline

Students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have hearing loss may have difficulties in acquiring language and literacy skills, impacting on their ability to access content across all subject areas. The course will assist staff to personalise learning and support to meet the needs and improve learning outcomes of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The course focuses on:

  • how the ear works and what is meant by hearing loss
  • the possible impact of a hearing loss on a student’s academic, social and communication skills
  • strategies to assess hearing, listening skills, language skills, the classroom environment and appropriate technology
  • the development of SMART goals and targeted interventions
  • a whole school approach to supporting all students who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • a range of teaching strategies and adjustments to support learning across the curriculum
  • your responsibilities under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

This course is divided into sections.

  • Understanding
    Learn about the terminology used in hearing loss and how the ear works. Learn about the causes of hearing loss, and its impact on a student’s academic and social development.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Learn about the purpose and process of formal and informal assessments, and how to assess individual needs arising from hearing loss. Create three student focused SMART goals to start putting your learning into practice in the classroom.
  • Interventions
    Explore a range of adjustments to meet the needs of students with hearing loss, and understand the importance of a whole school approach to supporting all students with hearing loss.
  • Case Studies
    View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

Providing professional learning in disability and inclusion since 2008

This training has already helped me with two university assignments, and will no doubt continue to support my Masters Degree in Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the future.

Integrated Support Services Staff

Who is the course for?

Our Understanding Hearing Loss course is perfect for those who work in schools and specialist settings, such as teachers, learning and support teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. The target age range is compulsory education, although the course may also benefit education professionals in pre-school and kindergarten settings.

Over 179,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting students with hearing loss.

How would you rate your current skills in planning and implementing interventions for students with hearing loss?

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre chart
  • 10.6%
  • 59.8%
  • 24.9%
  • 4.7%


Post chart
  • 1.3%
  • 43.5%
  • 55.1%

As of December 2019

This course looks at the impact hearing loss can have on a student’s life and shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these students. You will learn how to further understand the needs of students with hearing loss and develop a range of strategies to improve learning outcomes.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe how the ear works and define the different causes of hearing loss
  • describe the impact that hearing loss can have on a child development, learning and social inclusion
  • explain the range of communication modes used by pupils with a hearing loss
  • identify different amplification devices, including additional listening devices, and describe how environmental adaptations can enhance hearing
  • use checklists to carry our observations of a student’s functional hearing
  • apply a graduated response to meeting the needs of students with a hearing loss, based on the assess/plan/do/review cycle
  • explain the benefit of a positive whole-school approach to deaf awareness
  • employ strategies to support communication, access to the curriculum, social inclusion and wellbeing, and to increase independent learning skills

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