This document was prepared by the American Academy of Audiology Task Force on Guidelines for Remote Microphone Hearing Assistance Technology (HAT). This guideline addresses eligibility for, implementation of, and validation of remote microphone HAT for children and youth who have special acoustic and listening needs resulting from deficits of hearing, language, processing, attention, or learning, or who are learning through a second language.

Key Points

The document is designed to address the general provision of remote microphone HAT in Sections 1–9. Supplements contain the specific procedures for fitting and verification for ear-level frequency modulation (FM), sound field and desktop systems, and induction loop systems. Supplement A addresses ear-level FM; Supplement B addresses classroom audio distribution systems.

The purpose of these guidelines is to establish recommended practices for the use of remote microphone HAT for children and youth from birth to age 21 years. Use of remote microphone HAT is regulated in the schools by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This document identifies considerations for eligibility, selection, and implementation of remote microphone HAT, fitting and verification procedures, orientation and training with the device, validation and monitoring procedures.

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