At a recent meeting, something I had not even thought of came up-what do you need to tell your new roommate?Some of you may have grown up in the same district, known the same kids, had someone like me teach your class about your hearing loss,etc. Now, it will be all new. I have been having my students create their own power points about their hearing loss starting in 1st grade to show their teachers. At first, they were nervous. As they went on, they enjoyed it and the teachers certainly paid more attention to the students than when I have explained it! I feel good that these kids can now explain their hearing loss to new friends.
However, what about a new roomie-someone who will be with you 24/7? Some students might need a vibrating alarm clock like above, or a door flasher, below, to alert them when it is time to wake up or that someone is at the door This will now affect their roomie. Can their roomie sleep with a flashing light or a bed that makes a loud vibrating noise? It is not to say that the roomie has the end say-it is to say that this is all a part of compromise. Some people sleep with fans or night lights, some are night owls and some are early to bed folks-this is all part of moving to a new environment and getting to know a new person.
What are two more things you can think of that will be important to tell your roomie about as you head off to college if you have hearing loss? Please enter your comments below and share this blog with others you know!