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Students usually have a mild to severe hearing loss and use speech as their primary mode of communication.
Student may miss up to 50% of class discussions especially if voices are soft or the environment is noisy. Students may require the use of a hearing aid or personal FM system and other accommodations that match their individual needs. Loss is between 26 to 40 decibels.
Classroom conversation from 3 to 5 feet away can be understood if the structure and vocabulary is controlled. Hearing aides and/ or FM systems are essential. Loss is between 41 to 55 decibels.
Moderate to Severe
Without amplification students with this degree of loss can miss up to 100% of speech information. Full time use of amplification is essential as may be other accommodations. They will probably require additional help in all language based academic subjects. Moderate loss is between 56 to 70 decibels.
In addition to the General Disability Documentation guidelines, documentation for students requesting accommodations on the basis of being deaf need to include:
The audiogram indicates the degree of hearing loss measured in decibel loss according to internationally agreed upon standards. Decibel losses do not always correlate with educational implications and therefore should not be a sole criterion for determination of support services
Assessment to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the student in the area of language development and communication skills, as well as to determine the method of communication to be used in the educational setting may be required.
Accommodations will depend on the functional impact, age of onset, prognosis and diagnosis of the hearing loss.