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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Audiology (Sec. 300.34(c)(1))

Comment: One commenter stated that the definition of audiology does not reflect current audiology practice in schools and recommended new language to include services for children with auditory-related disorders, provision of comprehensive audiologic habilitation and rehabilitation services; consultation and training of teachers and other school staff; and involvement in classroom acoustics.

Discussion: The definition of audiology is sufficiently broad to enable audiologists to be involved in the activities described by the commenter. We do not believe it is necessary to change the definition to add the specific functions recommended by the commenter.

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters requested adding mapping services for a child with a cochlear implant to the definition of audiology.

Discussion: For the reasons discussed previously in this section, Sec. 300.34(b) specifically excludes the optimization of a surgically implanted device from the definition of related services. This includes mapping of a cochlear implant.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that the definition of audiology appears to be limited to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and recommended adding language to allow children without expressive speech to receive such services.

Discussion: The term audiology, as defined in Sec. 300.34(c)(1), focuses on identifying and serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is not necessary to add language in the regulations regarding children without expressive speech because the determining factor of whether audiology services are appropriate for a child is whether the child may be deaf or hard of hearing, not whether a child has expressive speech.

Changes: None.