Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff can identify hearing service needs through testing, medical referrals and educational planning for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Services, recommendations and materials are provided by trained audiometrists, audiologists and itinerant hearing teachers.
Grant Wood AEA’s Audiologists work with the deaf/hard of hearing population ages birth through 21 years, their families, and teams serving these students. Audiologists gather hearing information and data about a child’s/student’s access to verbal instruction. They help determine accommodations, modifications, and hearing assistive technology that may be needed in order to make the home or school accessible and coach the adults working with the students on how to implement these supports. Audiologists also advocate for students/children with hearing loss and help teach them to advocate for themselves. They are also responsible for the hearing screening programs within local school districts.
The agency also has audiometrists on staff who help provide hearing screenings to children under the supervision of a licensed audiologist.
Additionally, Grant Wood AEA’s Teachers of the Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing (TDHHs) instruct and support students who are deaf or hard of hearing between the ages of birth to 21 years old in their chosen mode of communication. TDHHs provide in-service, training and/or consultation to teams and families. They assist in determining appropriate modifications and accommodations in order to make the home or school accessible to the student. TDHHs also provide insights into assessments and interventions based on their knowledge of how hearing loss impacts development and learning. TDHHs assess the full range of communication and language levels, in addition to assessing the needs within the Expanded Core Curriculum for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.