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Hearing Loss (2B)

Hearing loss is the reduction of hearing clarity, sound level, or sound localization ability associated with damage to the auditory system.
Hearing loss may be due to congenital hearing loss, illness, aging, injury, head trauma, or excessive or prolonged exposure to loud noise. Students with hearing loss may have difficulties hearing faint sounds, high frequency sounds, consonants, or dropped syllables in conversation. The severity depends on the type of loss and whether it affects one or both ears. In some cases, a student's hearing may fluctuate from day to day.

Formal Diagnostics

Documentation provided by an audiologist or a physician is appropriate documentation of a hearing loss.

Intake Questions

  • What assistive technology have you found to be helpful as an accommodation?
  • Do you lip read?
  • Do you use interpreters and if so, what kind (e.g. ASL, SE, Oral, etc)?
  • Have you used transcription or CART?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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