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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.

Listening & Spoken Knowledge Center

American Society for Deaf Children

Better Hearing Institute

Texas School for the Deaf

Region 11 ESC- Susie Tiggs- State Lead for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Texas Deaf Ed