Support is available for deaf students in third-level education, but as an IDK forum member has written, supports at his local college were insufficient.
We’ll call him “J”. He’s 24 and has a progressive, acquired hearing loss of 49% in his left ear and 69% in his right ear. After learning of 18-month waits for ENT assessments on the HSE, he obtained an inner-canal digital hearing-aid and started a PLC course.
Computer Laboratories Have Ambient Noise
However, he dropped out of this course at the half-way mark as his aid got damaged and he could not follow what his college lecturers said. Next time round, he had a note-taker who was not qualified in IT, J’s subject. J’s aids were incompatible with FM microphone systems and this complicated learning in a lab for software engineering and development.
Ultimately, J left the course as he could not complete the mandatory foreign-language and communications modules, even with a note-taker. He’s now a self-taught web developer after studying from home. His story shows how student needs must be met in third-level education and how colleges must be flexible where subjects require some exemptions.