Science Ambassador Lesson Plans
Middle School Lesson Plans - Hearing loss
Cochlear Implants: The Complex Debate (PDF | PPT)
In this lesson, students examine issues surrounding the use of cochlear implants as an intervention for infant hearing loss. They will represent the perspective of advocates, parents, audiologists, and physicians in a group discussion about a parent’s choice to have his or her child receive a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is a surgically placed electronic device designed to stimulate hearing in children and adults who have severe to profound hearing loss and can derive little or no benefit from hearing aids. Through research and discussion, students will explore the social, medical, and psychological impacts of infant hearing loss and cochlear implant use.
What Did You Say? How Hearing Works (PDF)
This lesson serves as an extension of a unit on waves that links the science of sound to the way that we hear. This lesson also investigates the role of hearing loss prevention as a way to improve public health. Students will wear earplugs while taking notes on vocabulary words, and then take a short vocabulary quiz as an exercise designed to show students what it might be like to have hearing loss. Next, students will generate a model of the process of hearing, and then complete a short group presentation on one of several hearing-related topics. This lesson is designed to be embedded within a unit on waves. This lesson should be introduced after students have an appropriate amount of background knowledge about waves.
High School Lesson Plans - Hearing loss
1-3-6 Plan! Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Fan! (PDF|PPT)
Students learn about the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), build a simple ear model, and use the ear model to observe how otoacoustic emission (OAE) screening can detect some types of hearing loss. This lesson would be a good addition to a unit on how the ear works.
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