Following best practice, Soundbridge aims to partner with district and school personnel, families, and students to ensure proper functioning of devices (i.e., personal devices and Remote Microphone Hearing Assistive Technology). As depicted in the graphic below, this can be achieved by school personnel, families, and, when appropriate, the student, conducting daily visual inspection of devices and cleaning, pairing devices, performing listening checks, and keeping devices charged. When batteries are required for devices, then weekly responsibilities include changing them and ensuring that a supply remains. When staff are new to devices or require a refresher, Soundbridge staff are available to conduct trainings.
For those unplanned or non-routine events, Soundbridge provides support to district and school personnel in episodic care, loss & damage, repair, and troubleshooting to ensure availability & proper functioning of devices.
Contact SoundbridgeAudiology@crec.org when:
Yearly, RM HAT devices should be inspected, cleaned, checked, and calibrated. Soundbridge Audiology can assist district personnel in their decision making for processing their district owned devices for this service.
Aural habilitation/rehabilitation therapy is an intervention for children with hearing loss aimed to maximize the benefit they receive from their cochlear implants and/or hearing aids. Habilitation applies to children who have not yet developed spoken language skills. Rehabilitation is applicable for children who need to relearn listening and language skills after implantation. Through aural habilitation/rehabilitation, our CREC Soundbridge Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing aim to facilitate student’s listening, language, and communication. In addition, we focus on school personnel and students better understanding hearing loss and associated challenges, as well as management of audiological devices.
There are benefits and downsides that each district should weigh when determining whether to rent or purchase RM HAT devices.
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