The following documentation should be provided. The report must be typed, signed by a qualified professional, and submitted on official letterhead. Professionals providing documentation must include information concerning their credentials.

  1. Documentation should be current (within three years). Date of the most recent assessment must be stated. If the condition involves progressive loss, more frequent updates may be required.
  2. Provide a current diagnosis of hearing impairment. Include level of severity and date and age of onset of hearing loss.
  3. Provide pertinent history.
  4. State what assessment procedures (e.g., audiogram, speech recognition or discrimination evaluations) were used to make diagnosis and include all scores.
  5. State whether the hearing loss is stable or progressive.
  6. Explain whether assistive devices such as hearing aids, FM systems, or cochlear implants are used and how effective they are.
  7. Describe the student’s functional limitations in an educational setting and how the hearing loss may affect class participation.
  8. Based on the information provided, offer specific suggestions for accommodations and a detailed explanation as to why each accommodation is needed.
  9. The results of other appropriate assessment measures to support a differential diagnosis or to disentangle the hearing disability from co-existing disorders should be provided.

*Parents are not appropriate evaluators, even if they are otherwise qualified.

*In lieu of the above guidelines, Disability Verification Forms are available in Word or PDF upon request from our office.

All documentation is confidential and should be submitted to:

Disability Services and Programs
University of Southern California
3601 Watt Way, GFS 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1692
(213) 740-0776
(213) 740-8216 Fax