Deaf and hard of hearing
There is not a Paralympic Pathway for D/deaf athletes. However, opportunities do exist via UK Deaf Sport. Please note the standards for this impairment group internationally are above County and Regional club level. If an athlete is not eligible for the Paralympic Pathway there are other options to ensure the athlete can continue to enjoy the sport.
The equivalent Paralympics competition is the Deaflympics - an IOC-sanctioned event at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level. The event takes place every 4 years. To be eligible for participation, the pre-requisites for athletes are:
- They have to be deaf, defined as a hearing loss of at least 55Db in the better ear (3 tone frequency average of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 Hertz, ANSI 1969 standard).
- They have to be citizen of a nation member of the Deaflympics.
- They are restricted from using hearing aids or external cochlear implant aids during any Deaflympics event.
Getting an audiogram and ratification from UK Deaf Sport
You must complete an audiogram and also a consent form to be registered as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing athlete by UK Deaf Sport. Please follow the simple steps below to make sure that you are registered:
- The Audiogram form is for the audiologist to complete and the regulations are there for their information. Please take both documents on the day of your audiogram or ensure that you have forwarded them to your audiologist in advance of your appointment.
- The consent form is for the athlete to complete and hand to the audiologist on the day of their audiogram. Please take the completed document on the day of your audiogram.
- Once both the audiogram form and consent form are complete both the originals should be posted by the athlete to this address:
c/o Deaf Direct,
Vesta Tilley House,
Worcester, WR1 2RS