'Hearing and me' template

Introducing a classroom resource that empowers kids of different ages to talk about their hearing loss. This PowerPoint template consists of approximately 30 slides that students with hearing loss can choose from to present to their classmates.

The template is filled with fun facts, animated images and videos highlighting relevant topics such as “How we hear”, “Types of hearing loss”, “How hearing aids work”, “Tips that will help me hear you” and “How to protect your hearing”. Within the template, children upload photos of themselves, their hearing technology and even their audiogram to personalize it.

There are 2 versions of the template. A version for younger children (5-10 years old) and a version for older children (11-16 years old). Both versions have the same content but images of children in each template reflecting the different age groups.

This resource is intended to help students with hearing loss:

  • share their hearing journey with classmates
  • feel comfortable and confident talking about their hearing loss
  • learn self-advocacy skills and empower independence
  • be proud of their hearing technology
  • answer questions regarding their hearing loss at the end of the presentation

It is also intended to help students learn:

  • how we hear
  • what a hearing loss is
  • the different types of hearing loss
  • how hearing aids work
  • how cochlear implants work
  • how Roger™ technology helps in the classroom
  • tips that help those with hearing loss understand
  • that a hearing loss doesn’t make someone different
  • the importance of protecting your hearing

We encourage teachers to share this resource with their students so they have an opportunity to educate and speak openly about their hearing journey with classmates.

If students in the class are interested in learning more about hearing related topics after the presentation, we recommend: Professor Hallux; Hallux’s Hearing Helpdesk videos which cover topics such as “Dangers to hearing”, “Why do we have two ears?” and “Structure of the ear” in an animated and fun way.

Hearing and me - Teens