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Who We Are

Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDHH), also known as Hearing Resource Teachers (HRT), are specially trained professionals who have earned a Master’s degree in Deaf Education in special education. We are active members of the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH).

What We Do

Teachers of the Deaf and hard of hearing (TDHH) in SCHOOLS:

  • Implement curriculum for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Work through the expanded core curriculum for students who are DHH
  • Support students with their language 
  • Work with students who use hearing aids, DM systems, and cochlear implants
  • Help students and staff use equipment properly
  • Create opportunities to connect students who are DHH both in and out of district
  • Develop and implement IEP’s
  • Collaboration with teachers and other professionals
  • Advocacy for universal teaching practices
  • Help develop self-advocacy for DHH students
  • Kindergarten hearing screenings and referrals

TDHH's in SD8 Work with Students in a Variety of Ways:

  • Reading, writing, academic, and social-emotional support
  • Increase students’ understanding of vocabularies, concepts, and oral language
  • Increase students’ self-advocacy skills
  • Build capacity about the anatomy of the ear, how the ear works, and how to protect hearing.
  • Integrate classroom objectives
  • Help students understand their hearing loss, their equipment, and teach strategies that help all learners, both hearing and hard of hearing.

Services Can Vary Depending on Student's Needs:

  • Individual or small group sessions
  • Classroom-based services
  • Collaborating and consulting
  • Monitoring or periodic screening

Referral Criteria

Possible Reasons for Referral for a Hearing Screen

  • If a child appears to be “daydreaming” or not paying attention.
  • If a child has challenges focusing when background noise is present.
  • If a child has communication challenges with peers.
  • If a child has a hard time learning phonemic awareness and pre-reading skills.
  • If a child has speech articulation challenges.
  • If a child has a history of ear infections.
  • If a child has had allergies, a cold, and/or are stuffed up and have been for a long period of time.

Note: If a child has a documented hearing loss diagnosed from an Audiologist, most likely the TDHH will be involved. 


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Brochure

Auditory Outreach Provincial Resource Program

BC Early Hearing Program

BC Family Hearing Resource Society

Canadian Association Of Educators Of The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing (CAEDHH)

Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association 

Children's Hearing & Speech Centre of BC

Deaf Children's Society of BC

Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI)