Interpreting the Audiogram Meaningfully: How does this student’s hearing loss impact educational performance?

The audiogram is a chart that depicts how well a person detects sound. Skillful interpretation is needed to provide useful information about how well a student may be able to access speech in typical school settings. This presentation will assist the learner in understanding why an explanation of the audiogram is needed, how the audiogram relates to speech perception and ways in which the impact of the hearing loss can be interpreted, based on audiogram information.

(Approximately 90 minutes)

Target audience:  Administrators, professionals and parents of  children with hearing loss.

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

1) Describe the components of the audiogram

2) Relate the audiogram to audibility and speech perception

3) Provide ways in which the impact of the hearing loss can be described, based on what we know from the audiogram

4) Ways to verify auditory function and further explain the impact of the hearing loss


Karen L. Anderson, PhD

Karen Anderson has worked in clinical, public school and state-level (EHDI) settings to address the needs of children with hearing loss. She is Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss, providing online resources for professionals and families. Karen is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, has received national recognition awards in educational audiology and has been an adjunct professor at University of South Florida. She is the author or co-author of many practical checklists, such as the SIFTER, LIFE-R, and CHILD and co-author of the book Building Skills for School Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom with Kathy Arnoldi and other publications. She is currently Director of Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss.


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