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Hearing Impairment/Deafness
What is hearing impairment?
Hearing impairment is an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance, but is not included in the following definition for deafness.

What is deafness?
Deafness is 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.

[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of hearing impairment/deafness.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of Hearing Impairment/Deafness

A child displays a hearing impairment/deafness when:
  1. A hearing impairment or deafness has been diagnosed by an audiologist
  2. The hearing impairment or deafness adversely affects the child's educational performance
[+] Books, journals and other publications on hearing impairment/deafness

The SSD Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) offers books, videos and other resources on hearing impairment/deafness (PDF). Materials may be sent home through school mail to families whose children receive SSD services. Others may come into the FCRC to check out materials.
[+] Other local, state and national resources related to hearing impairment/deafness

Local Resources
Center for Hearing and Speech

Central Institute for the Deaf

Deaf, Inc.

Deaf Inter-Link

Deaf Linx

Deaf Way Interpreting and Community Services (Paraquad)

Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf

The Moog Center for Deaf Education

State Resources
Missouri Association of the Deaf

Missouri Assistive Technology

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Missouri School for the Deaf

National Resources
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The American Society for Deaf Children

Better Hearing Institute

Hearing Health Foundation

Hearing Loss Association of America

The International Hearing Society

National Association of the Deaf

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

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