The best quality documentation is provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. A good match between the credentials of the individual making the diagnosis and the condition being reported is expected. Physicians, including otorhinolaryngologists and otologists are qualified to provide diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders. Audiologists may provide current audiograms.
Documentation of hearing impairments should be a comprehensive audiological evaluation. The report should include results of an audiogram, which shows the type of hearing loss (i.e., conductive, otosclerosis, congenital, sensory- neural), and the degree of hearing loss. The report must reflect the current functional limitations of the impairment (documentation for hearing impairments may require periodic updates, especially if changes occur in the student’s functioning). Documentation should include: