OLT – Understanding Hearing Loss

Learning Focus
Disability and Accessibility
Online / Self-paced
Start Date

Available anytime

By clicking ‘EOI – OLT – Understanding Hearing Loss’ you will register an Expression of Interest in the next available course, and you will be placed on a waitlist.

Please express an interest in NO MORE THAN TWO OLT courses at a time.

Program Description

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with children and young people with hearing loss to support inclusive practice.

Learn about the terminology used in hearing loss and how the ear works. Learn about the causes of hearing loss, and its impact on a student’s academic and social development.

Assessment for Learning
Learn about the purpose and process of formal and informal assessments, and how to assess individual needs arising from hearing loss. Create three student-focused SMART goals to start putting your learning into practice in the classroom.

Explore a range of adjustments to meet the needs of students with hearing loss, and understand the importance of a whole-school approach to supporting all students with hearing loss.

Case Studies
View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented, and their resulting progress.

Program Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe how the ear works and define the different causes of hearing loss
  • describe the impact that hearing loss can have on a child development, learning and social inclusion
  • explain the range of communication modes used by pupils with a hearing loss
  • identify different amplification devices, including additional listening devices, and describe how environmental adaptations can enhance hearing
  • use checklists to carry our observations of a student’s functional hearing
  • apply a graduated response to meeting the needs of students with a hearing loss, based on the assess/plan/do/review cycle
  • explain the benefit of a positive whole-school approach to deaf awareness
  • employ strategies to support communication, access to the curriculum, social inclusion and wellbeing, and to increase independent learning skills
Australian Professional Standards


  • Standard 1 – Know students and how they learn,
  • Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning,
  • Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments,
  • Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning,
  • Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


  • Leading teaching and learning,
  • Developing self and others,
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
Location, Date & Time

The program is delivered Online as a self-paced course

Enrolment is open as an Expression of Interest. Successful candidates will be contacted and sent a link to the Online Training Australia course platform.