Related Services

Hearing Education Services

Hearing Education Services

Hearing Established in 1971, Hearing Education Services (HES) is committed to promoting challenging educational experiences for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. HES currently serves about 3000 students from elementary to high school levels throughout the five boroughs. The students are evaluated and placed in appropriate instructional settings and receive support services provided through HES.

Hearing Education Services (HES) are delivered to students with a history of chronic fluctuating hearing loss greater than 15dbHL in the better ear or other hearing loss equal to or greater than 25dbHL in the ear which adversely affects student performance. Hearing Education Services (HES) are provided by licensed teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Hearing Education Services (HES) consists of two programs: Related Service Program and Self-Contained Classes. Students that are part of Hearing Education Services receive full support from the Audiology department. 

For more information on the services and programs we offer please see the HES Brochure. If you need to contact a HES Supervisor you can find their contact information for them here.

Related Services Program

Students who are hard of hearing or deaf, and attend either general or special education classes, receive related services on a weekly basis. Frequency of service is based upon the individual student's needs as per the recommendation of the Committee for Special Education and their IEPs.

Licensed teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) provide assistance in auditory learning, speech-reading, receptive and expressive language development, written language development and academic support using specialized techniques. DHH staff and/or audiologists also provide instruction in the use and care of hearing aids and FM assistive technology. Close contact with general education teachers as well as parents is maintained to support instruction in the schools.

Self-Contained Classes

The self-contained class program serves deaf and hard of hearing students in special classes. These classes maintain a pupil-to-teacher ratio of 12:1:1 in elementary and middle school, and 15:1 in high school, and are located in various schools throughout the five boroughs. Licensed teachers of the DHH provide academic and specialized instruction. Children may be mainstreamed for various subjects as appropriate, and may receive other related services as mandated by their IEPs. For many students, the self-contained class program can lead to placement in a less-restrictive environment.

Self-Contained class programs include a Sign Support program and an Auditory/Oral program. A listing of our Self-Contained programs and the associated supervisors can be found here.

The Sign Support program is committed to providing a range of communication options, including spoken English, American Sign Language, and components of Signed English, depending upon the needs of the individual child. Children develop their potential as signing and oral communicators. This program is available for students from kindergarten through high school.

The Auditory/Oral program is committed to maximizing auditory skills for learning spoken language and intelligible speech. The communication mode is oral only. Children with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants develop their potential as oral communicators using the auditory/oral approach. Currently, this program is available for students at the elementary level.


The audiology department provides audiological services for deaf and hard of hearing students in the HES programs. The educational audiologists of HES are responsible for the provision and monitoring of appropriate FM assistive technology. They also provide professional development for staff members on audiological issues and hearing loss. Audiologists act as consultants to special and general education teachers regarding strategies to enhance the auditory process in the classroom.
For more information on our Audiology program please see the Audiology Brochure. If you would like to contact an Educational Audiologist, please see the HES Audiologist Contact List.

Other HES Services

HES provides guidance, social work, counseling, transition services and work-study programs for deaf and hard of hearing youth. Hearing Education Services is also available as a resource to the public in hearing education and related issues. We sponsor a yearly Transition Fair for all students who wish to further their education after high school.

For School Staff

If you are a school staff member and need information on how to initiate Hearing Education Services for one of your students, please see: If You Suspect the Student Might Have Hearing Loss, Guidelines for Schools and Clinical Audiologist, and CSE Audiologist Contact List, and Medical Clearance Form.