Auditory Impairment (AI)

What's Required

(c)  Eligibility definitions.

(3) Auditory impairment. A student with an auditory impairment is one who has been determined to meet the criteria for deafness as stated in 34 CFR, §300.8(c)(3), or for hearing impairment as stated in 34 CFR, §300.8(c)(5). 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 otolaryngologist or by a licensed medical doctor, with documentation that an otolaryngologist is not reasonably available, and an audiological evaluation performed by a licensed audiologist. The evaluation data must 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.


A student with auditory impairment is one who has been determined to have a serious hearing loss even after corrective medical treatment or use of amplification.

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 the child’s educational performance.

Hearing  impairment  means  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.