05-071 C.M.R. ch. 45, § 5 - Hearing Screening

Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

A. Hearing screening will be conducted in preschool, kindergarten and grades 1, 3, and 5.
B. A pure tone audiometer will be used to screen hearing.
C. The pure tone audiometer must meet or exceed specifications for type 4 audiometers as defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) S3.6- 996 (revision of S2.6-1989). Each audiometer shall be calibrated annually and tested prior to use to determine if it is working properly.
D. Students will be screened in both ears at 25dB with a sweep check at 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 4000 Hz. Screening at 500 Hz is recommended, but not required.
E. Screening should be performed in a quiet environment because ambient noise can affect test performance significantly.
F. If the child does not pass the screening, earphones should be removed and instructions carefully repeated to the child to ensure proper understanding and attention to the test and then rescreened with earphones repositioned. It is recommended that a hearing rescreen occur in 2 - 4 weeks for students who fail.
G. A student will be considered to fail and will need to be referred for further evaluation by a health care provider when the student is unable to hear any of the frequencies in either earat 25dB.
H. Students who fail the hearing screening will be referred to their parents and provided with a referral form to bring to their health care provider.

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05-071 C.M.R. ch. 45, § 5

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