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Audiogram ControlOnly deaf and hard of hearing athletes can compete in the Summer or Winter Deaflympics, World Championships, Regional Championships, and other ICSD-sanctioned competitions.
The Summer and Winter Deaflympics bring together deaf athletes of all affiliated National Deaf
Sports Federations. Participants in the Deaflympics and ICSD sanctioned competitions must be:
- Deaf, defined as a hearing loss of at least 55dB per tone average (PTA) in the better ear (three-tone pure tone average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, air conduction, ISO 1969 Standard)
- Members of an affiliated National Deaf Sports Federation and citizens of that country.
It is strictly forbidden for a competitor to use any kind of hearing aid(s)/amplification or external cochlear implant parts during the warm-up and competition within the restricted zone area. It is quite clear that using amplification in sports gives an advantage over those not using it. Therefore it is forbidden in the warm-up and competition. Each sport has their definition of “Restricted Zone Area”. Please refer to each sport technical regulations for details.
DEFINITION AND PROOF OF DEAFNESS
- Deaf is defined as a hearing loss of at least 55dB PTA in the better ear (3-tone frequency average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, ISO 1969 Standard). Critical hearing levels between 55-65dB shall be carefully examined.
- Every National Deaf Sport Federation is fully responsible to examine the hearing level of each of its athletes.
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