American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Educational Audiologist Fact Sheet 

About 131 of every 1,000 school-age children have some degree of hearing loss that can potentially affect communication, learning, psychosocial development and academic achievement. 

Educational audiologists are uniquely qualified to understand the impact of hearing loss on classroom learning and have the knowledge and skills to recommend specific strategies and technology to meet the individual communication, academic and psychosocial needs of students with hearing loss. It is recommended that a school employ 1 (FTE) audiologist for every 10,000 students.

ASHA-certified audiologists have either a masters or doctoral degree from an accredited academic program, have passed a national examination and have received ongoing continuing education. ASHA-certified audiologists have the knowledge, skills and experience to provide high-quality services.  

Services Educational Audiologists Provide 

Identification of Children with Hearing Loss 

  • Collaborate with state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs to ensure smooth transition into Part B
  • Design, manage, and implement hearing screening programs
  • Determine type, degree and nature of hearing loss resulting in appropriate recommendations

Hearing Technology 

  • Select, evaluate and troubleshoot:
    • personal hearing technology including hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems
    • group amplification systems such as sound field, infra-red and loop

Key Member of the Education Team 

  • Collaborate in the development of appropriate IEPs and IFSPs
  • Recommend appropriate accommodations and modifications tailored to the specific needs of the student
  • Facilitate access to education for students with hearing loss who are in general education settings (e.g. Section 504)
  • Provide counseling and guidance to parents, students and other school personnel on a variety of topics including:
    • Impact of hearing loss on classroom instruction
    • Use of personal and group hearing technology
    • Impact of noise on hearing
    • Improving classroom acoustics
  • Serve on interdisciplinary teams evaluating students with suspected Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)
  • Provide habilitation services for students with hearing loss and APD

Ensuring Quality Services 

  • Train and supervise support personnel and staff
  • Maintain calibration of audiologic equipment
  • Maintain records and paperwork in compliance with IDEA regarding services, technology and outcomes
  • Collaboration with outside agencies and providers

The Law 

Federal special education legislation has provided the underlying support for audiology services in the schools for more than thirty years (PL94-142, 1975; IDEA 1997; IDEA 2004). Additional education and civil rights legislation (e.g. No Child Left Behind, 2001; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990) require schools to provide all students with access to the educational environment and to incorporate accommodations and modifications for students who need assistance in order to access general education instruction and curricula. 

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