The Challenge of Fatigue for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Inclusive Classrooms

By Natalia Rohatyn-Martin and Denyse Hayward.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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There currently exists a dearth of research in the area of fatigue and students with hearing loss. This article reviews mental and physical fatigue, and fatigue factors that may affect students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH ). Three studies are also reviewed that focused specifically on experiences of fatigue for this population. Students across the studies confirmed feelings of fatigue due to the auditory and visual demands required to attend to and comprehend classroom instruction and conversation. Reviewing the studies, four themes were revealed through thematic analysis: (a) listening effort, (b) listening conditions, (c) survival mechanisms, and (d) not worth the effort. Recommendations for classroom teachers are offered, as well as educational implications for students who are D/HH. This article provides evidence of the need for further exploration of fatigue for students who are D/HH.

Keywords: Fatigue, Students, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Inclusion, Educators

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 23, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.23-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 14, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.858KB)).

Natalia Rohatyn-Martin

Ph.D. Student, Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Denyse Hayward

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada