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Studying with an auditory impairment

Auditory disorders are disorders of hearing, such as hearing impairment, deafness, tinnitus and dizziness, and sensitivity to sound. If you have a hearing impairment, it can be difficult to attend lectures, to participate in working groups, to do an internship, and to carry out practical work.

If you experience problems in your studies, we will help you to find solutions. Examples include:

  • Aid of an interpreter. Usually, you can arrange this through the UWV.
  • Connection to the deaf loop system in the lecture room.
  • Agreements with teachers about college sheets and clear communication.
  • An adapted room where you can make your examinations.
  • Adapted study pace.
  • Financial support in the event of study delay.
  • Additional guidance in acquiring an internship.

What should you do?

  1. Make an appointment with the study advisor of your degree programme and discuss the available opportunities.
  2. Make an appointment with a student counsellor of the Student Service Centre. A student counsellor
    • informs you about the financial and legal regulations.
    • can draw up a letter of recommendation about which adaptation will be necessary for you to follow you study programme.

Take a medical (or psychological) declaration with you to the meeting with the study advisor or student counsellor. If you want, a coach or one of your parents can accompany you to these meetings.

It's important that you keep to the agreements made. Otherwise you do not qualify for financial support.

For more information

  • You can find information about various disabilities on the website of the national expertise centre Handicap & Studie. You can also find information about the consequences for your study and possible adaptations. (also available in English)
  • The movie Studeren met een auditieve belemmering about Leonie, a student with an auditory impairment. (only available in Dutch)
  • The Netherlands society for the hearing impaired provides information about various hearing impairments and the opportunity to come in contact with others people with an auditory impairment (only available in Dutch)
  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Keel-Neus-Oorheelkunde (Otorhinolaryngology, only available in Dutch)
  • SH-Jong provides information about hearing loss in relation to study, work, daily life, entertainment, sports, etc. In addition, you can get in touch with other young hearing impaired via SH-Jong. (only available in Dutch)
  • You can find information on hearing on the website HOorzaken. (only available in Dutch).
  • You can find the latest news on hearing and hearing problems on the website (only available in Duch)

Ben je een Nederlandse studiekiezer? Ga dan naar onze pagina's voor Nederlandse studenten.

Last modified:11 March 2019 10.52 a.m.