Challenges Faced by Hearing Impairment Students During COVID-19

  • Isai Amutan Krishnan Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya (UM)
  • Geraldine De Mello Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Melaka
  • Shelen Aderina Kok Faculty Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
  • Saabdev Kumar Sabapathy Lecturer, Kuala Lumpur
  • Saravanan Munian SRJKT Ganesar Serdang, Kedah
  • Hee Sio Ching ELM Business School, HELP University
  • Pushpa Kandasamy SMK Dato’ Bentara Dalam, Segamat, Johor
  • Selvajothi Ramalingam Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya (UM)
  • Shasthrika Baskaran Wisma RnD, University of Malaya (UM)
  • Vasudevan Naidu Kanan O’Connor’s Engineering Sdn. Bhd
Keywords: challenges, hearing impairment, Covid-19


Social distancing and other protocols required during the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly difficult for students who are disabled, especially hearing impairments students. During the Covid-19, many disabled students were impacted physically, mentally and their interactions may have been hindered. That could be one of the barriers for full and active participation in society during the Covid- 19. Therefore, this study aims to discover the challenges faced by hearing impairment students how it affects the communication and mainstreaming process. The data was collected from ten hearing impairments students and analysed qualitatively. The participants were aged between 19-22 and currently studying foundation programme in culinary arts in a skill transformation center. The participants were interviewed using impromptu interview questions via WhatsApp, which lasted about ten minutes for each participant. The findings show that there were four challenges faced by the hearing impairment students; hearing devices, disruption to comprehend the lesson, not familiar with the online devices and emotionally affected during online classes. The findings further reveal that the hearing impairment students hampered their social interactions skills towards others during the pandemic. It is hoped the findings would be useful for academicians, counsellors, doctors and other job professions to explore further research on hearing impairments and the framing of methodology to assist the hearing impairments in engaging with the society during the pandemic.

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How to Cite
Krishnan, I., Mello, G., Kok, S., Sabapathy, S., Munian, S., Ching, H., Kandasamy, P., Ramalingam, S., Baskaran, S. and Kanan, V. (2020) “Challenges Faced by Hearing Impairment Students During COVID-19”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 5(8), pp. 106 - 116. doi:

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