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Learn about Hearing Impairments

What is Hearing Impairment?

The term hearing impairment is used to describe an individual who is hearing handicapped, deaf, or deaf-blind (Ohio Department of Education, 2006).

  • Hearing handicapped (hard of hearing and deaf): A hearing impairment, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child's educational performance but is not included under the definition of deaf.
  • Deaf: A hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, to such an extent that it adversely affects educational performance.
  • Deaf-blind: Concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communications and other developmental and educational problems that the child cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for deaf or blind children.

Related Institutions:

Throughout the state of Ohio there are educators, therapists, and counselors who specialize in educating children with hearing impairments. For additional information regarding these programs and support options, please visit one of the following websites:

Ohio School for the Deaf
http://www.ohioschoolforthedeaf.org
TTY/V - 614-728-4030

Ohio Center for Deaf/Blind Education
http://www.ohiodeafblind.org/
614-785-1163