Does He Really Need an FM? – Part III

In addition to being able to hear speech in a classroom, the added critical component of course is being able to understand that speech.  Speech recognition in noise is a skill that is developed by about 6th grade.  Adults with normal hearing score better on speech understanding in noise than children with normal hearing.  Children with normal hearing score better on speech recognitions tasks than children with a hearing loss.  Anyone with a hearing loss has difficulty understanding speech in noise. The greater the degree of hearing loss, the more difficult it is to understand speech in noise.  Also, children with other disabilities struggle with listening in noise.  These include students with Central Auditory Processing Disorder or difficulty, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Memory challenges, and English Language Learners.

If you decide to provide an FM system, please remember that “you get what you pay for”. Not all FM systems are created equal.  Make sure an audiologist recommends a system that is compatible with the student’s personal amplification and is also adequate for your needs.  You want to make sure you are purchasing a system that has been designed for classroom use.

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