Deaf/Hard of Hearing
A student with an auditory impairment is one who has been determined to meet the criteria for deafness or for hearing impairment:
- Deafness means a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
- Hearing impairment means an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness.
- The evaluation data reviewed by the multidisciplinary team in connection with the determination of a student’s eligibility based on an auditory impairment must include an otological examination performed by an otologist or by a licensed medical doctor, with documentation that an otologist is not reasonably available. An audiological evaluation by a licensed audiologist shall also be con conducted. The evaluation data shall include a description of the implications of the hearing loss for the student’s hearing in a variety of circumstances with or without recommended amplification.