To be eligible for participation in competitions for the deaf and hard of hearing, an athlete must have a hearing loss of 55 decibels (dB) or greater in the better ear (three frequency pure tone average at 500, 1000, and 2000 Hertz [Hz]).

For purposes of competition, however, the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf ( does not classify athletes according to their degree of hearing loss. All people with a hearing loss of 55dB or greater in the better ear compete against one another.

USA Deaf Sports Federation is a National Association member of the ICSD and complies with the Deaflympics regulations prohibiting the use of hearing aids or cochlear implant aids during any sanctioned competitions.

Please read the Audiogram Regulations [download regulations] before filling out the form [view form] to retrieve an official Audiogram form.