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On August 4th, 2008 the Kentucky Administrative Regulations for Special Education Programs (KAR 1:270-707 KAR 1:380 were revised. These regulations guide how special education programs are defined and regulate how they are implemented in the state of Kentucky. During the course of this update the eligibility guidelines for Hearing Impaired services where also changed. There are now three ways that a child can meet eligibility for hearing impaired educational services.

"Hearing impairment", sometimes referred to as "deaf" or "hard of hearing", means a hearing loss that:


(a) May be mild to profound, unilateral or bilateral, permanent or fluctuating, and is determined by:
  1. An average pure-tone hearing loss in the speech range (500Hz, 1000Hz, and 2000Hz) of at least 25dB in the better ear;
  2. An average pure-tone hearing loss in the high-frequency range (2000Hz, 4000Hz, and 6000Hz) of at least 45dB in the better ear; or
  3. An average pure-tone unilateral hearing loss in the speech range (500Hz, 1000Hz, and 2000Hz) of at least 60dB in the impaired ear; (b) Results in difficulty identifying linguistic information through


Examples of Audiograms:






Additional Information on Eligibility:







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