Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing provides services to students in School District No. 73 who may have difficulty in school because of their hearing loss.

Target Population

Any student at any grade level with significant hearing loss is eligible for Direct Service if the hearing loss results in substantial educational difficulties.

Consultative Service may include providing information to classroom teachers, students and parents, or may involve management of auditory equipment.

Services Provided

The Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing provides direct and consultative support for students with hearing loss, who are registered in School District No. 73, including:

  • Assessing the needs of students with hearing loss.
  • Consulting with teachers who have students with hearing loss in their classrooms.
  • Providing resources for teachers, support workers, parents and students.
  • Providing direct instruction to students with hearing loss, which may include speech and language development, social and emotional development, as well as self advocacy and development of auditory skills.
  • Consulting with parents of students with hearing loss in collaboration with the classroom teacher.
  • Assisting in the process of acquiring appropriate listening technology, such as personal FM systems.
  • Providing support in the care, use and management of assistive listening devices, such as hearing aids, personal FM systems, cochlear implant speech processors and soundfield systems.
  • Liaising with outside agencies as appropriate, such as the Interior Health Unit, medical personnel, the Provincial Resource Program: Auditory Outreach, and BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Providing support in the care, use and management of assistive communication technology.
  • Providing support in the area of career and personal planning to students with hearing loss.
  • Assisting school support workers working with children with hearing loss.
  • Assisting teachers in the development of Individual Education Plans.
  • Presenting workshops to interested parties on hearing loss, hearing conservation, deaf cultural issues or sign language, as appropriate.
  • Providing information regarding the Provincial School for the Deaf, and its eligibility requirements.
  • Providing opportunities for social interaction with other deaf and hard of hearing students in our district, and other British Columbia districts.  

Referral Procedures

Students with a suspected hearing loss should be referred to the Interior Health Unit: Hearing Services, or another qualified audiologist for hearing testing.

District Support Services Referral Forms are available in each school office. The referral will normally be preceded by a consultation with the individual district support staff member to whom the referral is being made, preferably through the School Based Team.

An up-to-date audiogram or hearing report should accompany a referral to theTeacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing .


Melanie Thomas
Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Henry Grube Education Centre
245 Kitchener Crescent
Phone:  (250) 376-2266