|Intermediate District 917 provides educational audiology services to learners in its member districts in Dakota County on a purchase-of-service and itinerant basis. District 917 Educational Audiologists serve approximately 250 learners in their local district schools and in 917 site-based programs. Educational Audiologists are licensed audiologists who have the resources to do formal hearing evaluations in a soundproof setting similar to clinical audiologists. In addition, they have the important task of assessing a learner’s functional auditory skills and ability to use their hearing for learning and communication in real-life classrooms and school environments.
District 917 Educational Audiologists assess learners’ hearing both in the soundproof audiology booth located at Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, and with portable audiometers and other evaluation measures in the school setting. In addition, District 917 Educational Audiologists assess noise levels and observe learners in the school setting to determine adaptations needed to insure that the learner is able to hear and understand speech in the classroom. District 917 provides soundfield and ear-level FM systems for school use to many learners, and monitors and maintains that equipment for optimal, consistent functioning. District 917 Educational Audiologists perform other important functions of monitoring learners’ middle ear status and serving as a resource for districts’ hearing screening efforts to assist in providing learners the most optimal avenue to learning through audition.
District 917 Educational Audiologists hold Minnesota Department of Health audiologist licensure and ASHA certification.
Refer to the District 917 Educational Guidelines for Services for further information.
The Unfair Spelling Test provides a brief simulation of a hearing loss.