One such device is the hearing aid. According to the Kendall School Support Services Team (2003), deaf children who wear hearing aids may have increased ability to differentiate between different sounds. They can also better monitor their own voices, making it easier for them to build speech skills. Enhanced ability to understand conversation is another benefit. However, hearing aids do not make sounds clear, nor do they make hearing perfect.
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The use of psychological therapy or what is sometimes called “talk-therapy” has proven to be an effective and worthwhile resource in countless lives in America. For most hearing people, once the decision to seek help is made, it’s a simple matter of showing up to a therapy appointment or walking into a clinic and asking for help. However, for the Deaf culture finding accessible and Deaf-friendly services, can be a challenge producing little results. One way this issue is currently addressed is through the use of interpreters who help facilitate communication between a hearing professional and Deaf person. Therefore, the ideas discussed, reviewed the benefits and challenges of using interpretation when a Deaf person seeks counseling.
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Speech development is very important to young children because they need to know how to communicate with teachers and classmates. Communication is the basis for learning. “Being aware of sounds appears to help language development, and this can help narrow the gap in language skills hearing-impaired children experience compared with their hearing peers” (Hear). Cochlear implants can greatly improve a deaf child’s developmental abilities. “We have found that when a child receives a cochlear implant, the child begins to develop language skills at about the same rate as a child with normal hearing, said researcher Dr. Mario A. Svirsky” (Hear).
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