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28 Pa. Code § 23.6. Threshold hearing tests.

§ 23.6. Threshold hearing tests.

 (a)  Identity. A threshold hearing test determines the lowest decibel level required to elicit responses, at least 50% of the time, to a series of discrete frequencies.

 (b)  Test equipment. An individual pure tone audiometer or other screening equipment approved by the Department of Health shall be utilized for threshold hearing tests.

 (c)  Frequencies employed. Frequencies of 250, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 4,000 and 8,000 cycles per second shall be employed in threshold testing.

 (d)  Pupils to be tested. The following pupils shall be given threshold hearing tests:

   (1)  A pupil in any grade who is known to have a loss which meets or exceeds the criteria for otologic referral established by the Department of Health shall be given a test each year.

   (2)  A pupil who fails a hearing screening test given under §  23.5 (relating to hearing screening tests).

   (3)  A pupil who presents a history of recurrent upper respiratory infection or may evidence other possible ear, nose and throat pathology.

   (4)  A pupil who shows, by classroom behavior or speech pattern, or both, that a hearing difficulty may exist.

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  23.21 (relating to general).

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