Vision and Hearing Screenings

The Importance of Vision and Hearing Tests

girl with a backpackAlthough students take many tests during the school year, there are two tests that they should take which can help them succeed in all their classes: a vision and a hearing test.

Vision Testing

Monitoring your child's ability to see is an important part of the health of your growing child.

  • More than one in 20 preschoolers has a vision problem that can lead to vision loss if not treated.
  • One in four school-aged children have some type of vision problem.
  • Without proper screening, vision problems may not be noticed.
"A visual screening help identify children who may need further eye examinations." says Floyd Primary Care Pediatrician Anne Lule, M.D.

Dr. Lule says vision screening should start by 4 years of age. A mature 3 year old can also be tested using a modified age appropriate vision screen. It is recommend that children 5 years and older have an annual visual screening by their doctor and eye examinations as necessary.

Specific tests and charts may be used to measure both near and distant vision. For preschoolers, these charts may consist of pictures or stories instead of letters of the alphabet.

Schedule a vision screening by contacting one of the Primary Care physicians who treat children.

Hearing Testing

Nearly one out of five children ages 12 to 19 may have a hearing problem. Listening to loud music with headphones can gradually affect hearing. But using a lawn mower, playing in band at school or talking on a cell phone could damage hearing, too.

It can be hard to tell if your child has hearing loss. Some possible signs include turning up the volume on the television too loud or not following directions. If you think your child may have hearing loss, talk with your child's doctor about a hearing test. In general, children receive a screening before entering school, but hearing loss can happen at any time.

A haring screening for a child 3 years and older involves a test that uses a machine that produces sounds at different volumes and pitches in your child's ears. The child usually wears some type of earphones. The child is simply asked to respond in some way when the tone is heard in the earphone.

Schedule a hearing test by contacting one of our Primary Care physicians who treat children today.