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Hearing Impairment: Oregon Administrative Rules

If a child is suspected of having a hearing impairment, the following evaluation shall be conducted:

  • An audiological assessment by an audiologist licensed by a State Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology;
  • A medical statement or a health assessment statement indicating whether the hearing loss, if conductive, is treatable and whether the use of amplification is contra-indicated;
  • Assessments to determine the impact of the suspected disability:
    • On the child’s educational performance for a school-age child; or
    • On the child’s developmental progress for a preschool child; and
  • Additional evaluations or assessments that are necessary to identify the child’s educational needs.

For a child suspected of having a hearing impairment, the child shall meet one of the following minimum criteria:

  • The child has a pure tone average loss of 25 decibel hearing loss or greater in the better ear for frequencies of 500 Hertz, I 000 Hertz, and 2000 Hertz, or a pure tone average loss of 35 decibel Hearing Loss or greater in the better ear for frequencies of 3000 Hertz, 4000 Hertz, and 6000 Hertz; or
  • The child has a unilateral hearing impairment with a pure tone average loss of 50 decibel hearing loss or greater in the affected ear for the frequencies 500 Hertz to 4000 Hertz; and
  • The loss is either sensorineural or conductive if the conductive loss has been determined to be currently untreatable by a physician.

For a child to be eligible for special education or EI/ECSE services as a child with a hearing impairment, the child’s team shall determine that:

  • The child’s disability has an adverse impact:
    • On the child’s educational performance for a school-age child; or
    • On the child’s developmental progress for a preschool child; and
  • The child needs special education services or, for a preschool child, EI/ECSE services, as a result of the disability.

Refer a Child for an Evaluation

Cascade Regional Services are accessed through the local early intervention unit or educational agency where the child attends school.

How to refer a child

Cascade Regional Program – Contact

Program Administrator:
Cindy Madden
541.812.2770
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Admin. Assistant:
Lisa Schoen
541.812.2771
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