Maximizing Acceptance of Hearing Loss and Technology

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It is not unusual for students who are hard of hearing to resist wearing hearing aids and hearing assistance technology, usually in the late elementary years and/or middle school. Karen Anderson will tackle this tough issue through brief monthly articles dealing with the reasons for resistance to using amplification and ways to improve student acceptance and beyond. Awareness of hearing loss, resilience to teasing and dealing with challenges, why children begin to reject hearing aids and suggestions to address these various issues will be addressed.

Many factors effect the development of a child with hearing loss and how they feel about themselves in comparison to their peer group and others. Articles will address these factors, starting from a young age and moving conceptually until the issues surrounding teen hearing device rejection are discussed in the spring per the progression below.   

  1. Early Attachment: (bonding and beyond) – age 0-3 years
  2. Metacognitive Awareness: (developing beyond ‘I don’t know what I didn’t hear because I didn’t hear it’) – age 4-6 years
  3. Building Resilience: (responding to adversity/challenges positively) age 7 to tween years
  4. Reconciling Feelings of Fitting In: (finding balance, accepting self) – tween and teen years

Achieving Effective HA Use


Hyperlinks will be provided as pages are added each month.

September 2016 – Maximizing Acceptance     

October 2016 Maximizing Acceptance     

November 2016 Maximizing Acceptance    

December 2016 Maximizing Acceptance   

January 2017 Maximizing Acceptance    

February 2017 – Maximizing Acceptance   

March 2017 – Maximizing Acceptance      

April 2017 – Maximizing Acceptance      NEW

May 2017 Review of 2016-2017 Materials  


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small Karen photoKaren Anderson is the author of Teacher Tools Maximizing Acceptance. Karen Anderson PhD has worked in clinical, public school and state-level (EHDI) settings and currently is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss. Dr. Anderson has received national recognition awards in educational audiology, speaks nationally and internationally and served as an adjunct professor at University of South Florida. She is the author or co-author of many practical materials, such as the SIFTER, LIFE-R, and CHILD and co-author of a number of books including Building Skills for School Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom and Steps to Assessment and co-host of the popular e-magazine Teacher Tools. She builds and maintains the 250+ page informational website, Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss.

Please send any feedback about Teacher Tools to Thanks – Karen Anderson


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