HEARING DISABILITY (ECS: Code 30; Grades 1–12: Code 55)
A student/ECS child identified with a mild to moderate hearing disability is one whose hearing condition:
affects speech and language development and interferes with the ability to learn.
A student/child with mild (26 to 40 decibels) to moderate (41 to 70 decibels) hearing disability will have an average hearing loss of 26 to 70 decibels unaided in the better ear over the normal range of speech. The normal range of speech is between 500 Hz and 4000 Hz.


When your student experiences difficulty with hearing...
  • provide preferential seating.
  • use visual cues (overheads, drawings, maps, demonstrations, visual samples of new vocabulary).
  • face student directly when speaking.
  • emphasize key points (don’t “information overload”).
  • repeat or rephrase what other students say (often hearing what other students say is difficult for hearing impaired students).
  • highlight texts/study guides.
  • provide note-taking assistance during lectures to allow hearing-impaired student to concentrate on the teacher.
  • use peer tutoring.
  • use study sheets to organize information.
  • pre-teach vocabulary.
  • use captioned videos, films, etc.
  • show videos, etc. before presenting information to provide a knowledge base for students.
  • use alternative testing methods.
  • minimize background noise.
  • simplify vocabulary.
  • use pre-printed outlines of material.