The Hearing and Vision School Screening program offers free, periodic screenings in the schools as part of the Public Health Code. This is done by technicians trained by the Michigan Department of Community Health and provided by the local health departments.
Screenings are scheduled with the schools by the Community Health Agency technicians. Screening dates are available by calling your child’s school. In addition, information is sent home with each child at the beginning of the school year. This gives parents an opportunity to share information about hearing and vision concerns and ongoing care. Typically, vision screenings are conducted in grades preschool, kindergarten, 1,3,5,7,9 or Drivers Ed. Hearing screenings are conducted at grades preschool, kindergarten, 2,4, and for any parent or teacher who has a concern. Screenings can be done in other grades if there is a concern from parents and/or teachers.
Parents whose children do not pass a screening are sent a letter and encouraged to take them to a doctor for a complete evaluation. Hearing and vision problems detected and corrected early can prevent permanent damage and learning disabilities. About 10% of children screened require referral for evaluation by a doctor. Some may not need treatment, but like going to the dentist for a check up, no treatment needed is the best news!
For more information:
Branch, Hillsdale & St. Joseph Counties: 517-279-9561 ext. 110