Hear to learn – Andrew's story – Break the Sound Barrier

Hear to learn – Andrew’s story

May 19, 2016

297906_177916028954927_135668112_nMy hearing loss was not diagnosed until I was in Year 9 where I then was fitted with hearing aids and have been wearing them for 36 years. I missed out on a lot of learning and classroom interactions, was ostracised and quiet. I know that my late diagnosis means I have been playing catch up. Even with hearing aids I know I operate at 90-95% capacity.

I would like to petition the government to have mandatory hearing tests for all Grade 5 students as part of NAPLAN – which tests students in grades 3 / 5 / 7 / 9 for their knowledge but doesn’t measure learning ability or if any hearing issues are affecting learning ability.


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