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Mandate Provision: Hearing Impairment Defined
 
Excerpts from Legislation/Rules & Regulations

ALASKA

Definition: Sec.6, Sec. 47.20.390. Definitions.
(5) "hearing loss" means a hearing loss of 40 decibels or greater in the
frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension in one or both ears, approximately 500 through 4000 Hz;

Source: HB 109

ARKANSAS

Definition: Sec.2, (7)
(7)  "Hearing loss" means an impairment that is a dysfunction of the auditory system of any type or degree sufficient to interfere with acquisition and development of speech and language skills;

Source: SB 819

CALIFORNIA

Definition: Sec.23, 124116, (e)
(e) "Hearing loss" means a hearing loss of 30 decibels or greater in the frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension in one or both ears (from 500 through 4000 Hz). However, as technology allows for changes to this definition through the detection of less severe hearing loss, the department may modify this definition by regulation.

Source: AB2780, 1998

DELAWARE

Definition Sec.1, 803A, (11)
(11) “Significant hearing loss” means a hearing loss equivalent to or greater than a 35-decibel hearing loss (35-dB HL) in the better ear.

Source: HB 205

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Definition Sec.2, (3)
(3) "Hearing impairment" means a dysfunction of the auditory system, of any type or degree, which is sufficient to interfere with the acquisition and development of speech and language skills, with or without the use of sound amplification.

Source: A13-0572

FLORIDA

Definition Sec.1, (2), (c)

(c)  "Hearing impairment" means a hearing loss of 30 dB
31 HL or greater in the frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension in one or both ears, approximately 500 through 4,000 hertz.

Source: CS/HB 399

KENTUCKY

Definition Part 3, (3)

(3)"Hard of hearing infant" means a child at birth with a significant hearing loss which prevents the acquisition of speech and language through normal channels;

Source: HB 706

NEW JERSEY

Definition C.26:2-103.2 Definitions relative to universal newborn hearing screening.
"Hearing loss" means a hearing loss of 30dB or greater in the frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension in one or both ears, which is approximately 500 through 4000 Hz., except that the commissioner may adopt a standard which establishes a less severe hearing loss, as appropriate.

Source: NJ Administrative Code Title 8. Chapter 19

NEW YORK

Definition Section 69-8.1
(c) Hearing problems (hearing loss) shall mean a permanent unilateral or bilateral hearing loss of mild (30 to 40 dB HL) or greater degree in the frequency region (500-4000 Hz) important for speech recognition and comprehension.

Source: Chapter II of Title 10 (Health), Subpart 69-8

OHIO

Definition Sec.1, Sec. 3701.503
(F) "Hearing impairment" means a loss of hearing in one or both ears in the frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension.

Source: HB 150

SOUTH CAROLINA

Definition Sec.48, (9)
(9) ‘Hearing loss’ for newborns and neonates means failure to pass the brainstem auditory evoked response performed at the audiologic evaluation. Current hearing screening technology detects levels of hearing loss as low as 35 decibels.

Source: 2000 Appropriations – Part II – Section 48

TEXAS

Definition Sec. 47.001. (4)
(4) "Hearing loss" means a hearing loss of 30 dB HL or greater in the frequency region important for speech recognition and comprehension in one or both ears, approximately 500 through 4,000 Hz. As technological advances permit the detection of less severe hearing loss, the department may modify this definition by rule.

Source: HB 714

UTAH

Definition R398-2-2. Definitions.
(1) “Hearing loss” means a dysfunction of the auditory system of any type or degree that is sufficient to interfere with the acquisition and development of speech and language skills.

Source: R398-2. Newborn Hearing Screening

WISCONSIN

Definition Chapter 253,
253.115 Newborn hearing screening programs. (1) In
this section:
(a) “Hearing loss” means an inability in one or both ears to detect sounds at 30 decibels hearing level or greater in the frequency region of 500 to 4,000 hertz that affects speech recognition and auditory comprehension.

Source: Statutes 253.115; 1999

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