Tuesday, 23 October 2018

There's NICE.

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We are delighted to see that hearing loss has been given a priority in the latest guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).  The section entitled ‘Hearing Loss in Adults: assessment and management’ covers some aspects of managing hearing loss in primary, community and secondary care. 

The guidelines offer advice to health-care staff on assessing hearing difficulties, managing ear wax and when to refer people for audiological or specialist assessment and management. They cover adults aged over 18 years of age and can be a useful source of information for people with hearing loss, their families and carers. 

To read the guide in full visit  HERE.

NICE include referral recommendations for when adults present with sudden onset or rapid worsening of hearing loss, in one or both ears, which is not explained by ear wax or middle ear causes. This can be a medical emergency should be investigated further.

We welcome the advice on clinical ear care (Wax removal) which highlights the importance of only using practitioners who have had training and are experts in this field. At Aston Hearing, our qualified specialist offer micro-suction as a safe, gentle method of wax removal which is endowed by NICE along with ear irrigation as an alternative. They highlight that ear syringing should not be used and patients should never try to manually remove wax by inserting any object into the ear canal. This can cause more lasting damage to the ear and hearing. 

There is also information on follow up care and how to access additional help and hearing dives if appropriate. 

Special Education...

What is “Special” about Special Education for Students who are D/HH? from RMTC-D/HH on Vimeo.

Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RMTC-D/HH) demystifies the confusion of the relationship between Specially Designed Instruction, Expanded Skills for Deaf Hard of Hearing (ES-D/HH) (also known as Expanded Core Curriculum), Universal Instruction, and Response to Intervention (RtI) within a Multitiered system of supports (MTSS) for educators developing, improving and maintaining systems of support for all students. 

Teachers can easily be overwhelmed with all these initiatives and how to apply them in their instruction of students. This training will give you a brief overview of how these research-based practices all work together to improve student outcomes. Then participants will explore resources to drive instructional practices and service delivery for individual students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Finally, brief examples will be included on how to incorporate the information in a communication plan and an IEP.

Stop Hearing Teaching ASL!

Maybe stop them learning too? But that would mean no deaf get support who use ASL... and deaf children failing to get an education. Practically the deaf community hasn't the teaching staff or qualified people to go it alone, this old chestnut was mooted in the UK and dropped for that reason.

Creating demand for deaf teachers with English backgrounds wasn't possible. The issue with Deaf teaching sign is it is done without the 'hearing experience' which would make it effective, and who can bridge the issues of grammar, which the Deaf refuse to do!  Any class would be held via a Terp defeating the point as hearing tend to gravitate to hearing. aka the terp. 

Successful deaf tuition would rely on deaf teachers having speech and wide knowledge of hearing people.  You can't approach education from a remote standpoint when you are trying to address areas outside it.  Note:  you can not make deafies out of hearing people.... And deaf teachers lack the bilingual qualification to teach the awareness of ASL (Or BSL for that matter).  For sign language or culture to carry to the mainstream you need the hearing input or it would deteriorate into activist lecture and seminar.

Can deaf pass a teaching exam bilingually?

Disability Awareness Month

Deaf aren't disabled, but the image certainly suggested she was and with a high level of dependency too. Wonder if she registered 'Legally Deaf' and claimed welfare as a disabled person...... or attended special education?  Some deaf are disabled when they need to be!