What are the requirements to be an instructor of speechreading skills and coping strategies?

The instructor needs:

  • A good understanding of hearing loss.
  • To have accepted their own hearing loss and resolved their own emotional issues before undergoing training – “help yourself before helping others”.
  • Teaching skills that also include lesson preparation.
  • Training: to teach classes in speechreading and coping strategies; to determine the individual needs of the students; to lead discussions addressing the issues facing people with hearing loss.
  • Empathy towards adults with hearing loss.

Individuals with hearing loss possessing these skills are effective instructors for students relate very well to those who have undergone similar experiences. A good understanding between instructor and students makes it easier to develop a rapport. An instructor with a hearing loss also becomes a role model for students. Having a hearing loss is an asset!

How does the instructor obtain the necessary requirements?

  • Attend speechreading classes (offered by CHHA or another agency) and a speechreading instructor training program.
  • Become familiar with the SOUND IDEAS DVD.
  • Work with and learn from an established instructor (team teaching).
  • Connect with CHHA and other instructors for additional information; communication via Skype could be used.

The Level 1 “LET’S TALK” classes include:

  • Speechreading training.
  • Additional management strategies that include: communication tips for family, friends, etc.; communication in difficult listening situations such as restaurants, meetings, etc.; education about hearing loss, hearing aids, signaling and assistive listening devices (ALDs).

The Level 2 “LET’S TALK SOME MORE” classes include:

  • Speechreading practice.
  • Legal issues.
  • Advocacy.
  • Intimate relationships.
  • Medical and drug uses.
  • Information about the impact of aging.
  • Updates on technical devices such as cochlear implants and assistive listening devices.
  • Travel.
  • Implanted surgeries.

All of this information will be provided in the 2 manuals and the workshops.