March 12, 2010

Can You Hear This? What About This?

I feel my students' pain when they talk about their classmates asking them annoying questions about their hearing aids, cochlear implants, hearing loss, or FM system. One of my students told me that his classmates kept playing with his FM sound field box.

An FM sound field box that he uses looks something like this:
Except, his is much bigger. He has to leave it on his desk or wherever he is in the classroom. The teacher wears a microphone which transmits her voice to the FM box and out of the speaker. This way he hears the teacher's voice more directly from wherever she decides to stand in the classroom.

So, anyway, he is annoyed with some of his classmates who play with the FM box and ask him to turn it up and ask him questions like, "Can you hear this?" "What did she just say?" "Can you make it louder?"

Ugh, I know what he's talking about. I remember how some of my classmates and friends would ask me stupid questions such as, "Can you hear this?" as they whisper in my good ear. Then they try my deaf ear. Then they will stand behind me. "Can you hear this?" "What about this?" "What did I just say?" They tried different voices and made then loud and soft.
I was a fun experiment to them.

But, kids are naturally curious. I don't think they mean to be annoying.

The teacher and I had a talk with them. And for now, they have stopped, much to my student's relief.


*photo from Centrum Sound Systems


  1. I doubt they mean to be annoying, but kids are annoying about a lot of stuff!

    I'm really enjoying your blog - I feel like a lot of the topics will help me prepare for my daughter's high school years with hearing aids.

  2. Thank you,
    I am glad you enjoy reading my blog. I try to be both informative and entertaining. If you have any questions feel free to email me. :)



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