Creating a hearing conservation presentation for Alberta’s grade three students

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  • The resources currently available to grade three teachers for the Hearing and Sound science unit focus on the properties of sound, but do not strongly support learning objectives related to hearing, its role in communication and protection against its damage. Given that about 5% of Canadian students have hearing loss and that about half of Canadians ages 3-79 will use earbuds or headphones at high volume, risking noise-induced hearing loss (Statistics Canada, 2015), a resource to help students understand hearing and hearing protection appeared imperative. Studies indicate that it is urgent to share this information. In 1996, 1% of the US school-age population was found to have some degree of hearing loss (Blair, Hardegree, & Benson, 1996). By 2001 approximately 12% of US children between the ages of 6 and 19 reported symptoms of hearing loss (Naskar et al., 2001). A project was undertaken to provide grade three teachers with one such resource and to provide opportunities for collaboration between speech-language pathology (SLP) students and teachers. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Alberta has adopted a curriculum wherein students practice and demonstrate acquired competencies, including collaboration with other professionals (Department of CSD, internal communication, 2016). To this end, an interactive classroom presentation was created in collaboration with Edmonton teachers that enriches their resource base and allows SLP students to demonstrate competencies as content experts, communicators, collaborators, advocates, and professionals.

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