Hearing Impairment

Who can compete?
Para Taekwondo is open to athletes with a physical, intellectual, vision and hearing impairment. Athletes are required to submit medical reports and meet the minimum impairment criteria in order to compete.

The following is a summary of the eligible hearing impairments and Minimum Impairment Criteria (MIC) to be able to compete in Para Taekwondo.
Eligible impairments
Description
Minimum Impairment Criteria
Hearing Impairment
Kyorugi and Poomsae: Deaf as defined as a hearing loss of at least 55dB pure tone average (PTA) in the better ear (three tone pure tone average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, air conduction, ISO 1969 Standard)
KYORUGI CLASSES
Athletes with a Hearing Impairment
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
K 60
Athletes who are deaf with a hearing loss of at least 55dB pure tone average (PTA) in the better ear (three tone pure tone average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, air conduction, ISO 1969 Standard)
World Deaf Championships
POOMSAE CLASSES
Athletes with a Hearing Impairment
Sport Classes
Description (Guide Only)
Highest Level of Competition
P 60
Athletes who are deaf with a hearing loss of at least 55dB pure tone average (PTA) in the better ear (three tone pure tone average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, air conduction, ISO 1969 Standard)
World Deaf Championships

Hearing Impairment Classification

Deaf Sports Australia manages the National Classification Program for Hearing Impairment. If you have a hearing impairment (HI) and would like to start the process of getting a HI classification for Para Taekwondo, please visit the Deaf Sports Australia website to complete a classification request form.