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I can't hear in assembly

Problem I hate assembly. All the years go in together and now I'm in my last year and I'm right at the back. I can't hear anything that's going on. I've tried with my radio aid and it doesn't really help as it's so far away. I don't want to sit on the front row with all the young kids, what shall I do?
Reply This is a tricky one without an easy answer. Here are some options:

  • You could just not bother and then ask your friend to tell you what happened at the end of the assembly.
  • You could get permission for a friend to take notes for you during assembly so you can keep up with what's going on.
  • Check and make sure that there is nothing that can be done about your radio aid to see if that would work better.
  • Being able to lip-read would probably help as well, so try sitting next to the aisle of the hall so you stand more chance of seeing what's going on.
  • Raise the issue with your school council, form tutor, teacher of the deaf, head teacher and ask if there is any way a better public address system could be put into your hall. This would be useful for occasions other than assembly as well.
  • Do you think you could go and sit nearer the front, perhaps with a mate. Think of what would you would be happy to do and then approach a member of staff who you like and trust with your plan. "I want to sit about half way back and at the end of the row and with a mate." If you explain without doing that you can't hear anything, they will agree. Also you need to tell them that you feel self conscious about it and would like to be able sit down without anybody noticing.

Good luck!

Posted on September 22, 2009 16:48

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