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The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is for young people up to and including grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Quebec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are identified by a qualified audiologist as deaf or hard of hearing. Students interested in participating in the contest must submit an audiogram completed within 24 months of the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more to be eligible to compete. Students may use sign language, oral presentation or a combination of both. Contests run at various times in each state/province but conclude by late May.
International CCDHH rules state that contestants must submit an audiogram conducted within 24 months of the date of the contest. Audiograms dated past the 24 month period or verification from the school district cannot be accepted to fulfill this requirement."