Hearing and Vision
Reduce preventable childhood hearing and vision loss.
Our goal in the hearing program is to identify hearing loss in children as early as possible, to help reduce preventable childhood hearing loss or ear disease, and initiate necessary steps to alleviate and reduce the trauma of hearing loss.
Our goal in the vision program is to identify children with vision problems and assure referral to eye care professionals. Children often enter school with vision problems, because they are unaware that they see differently. Early identification is important.
Tuscola County Health Department Appointments:
Appointments are available at the health department for free vision and hearing screening by Hearing and Vision Technicians trained and evaluated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Local School District Appointments:
In cooperation with your local school district, hearing and vision testing is also offered through your child's school years according to the following schedule:
Hearing and Vision Testing: What to Expect
When a child does not pass a hearing or vision screen, parents will be notified and encouraged to take their child to a doctor for follow-up.
Most of the hearing losses found in this program are in the mild to low-moderate range of severity. The physician will often find an external or middle ear problem to explain these losses and offer corrective treatment. Children with moderate losses, or worse, often have a permanent inner ear component even if external or middle ear pathology is identified. These children may require extensive otological, audiological and educational evaluation.
At initial vision testing and/or re-testing, children who are unable to pass one or more exercises which screen for muscle imbalance, visual acuity and farsightedness are referred to an eye doctor of the family's choice. Children who display symptoms of strabismus, ptosis, nystagmus, or anisocoria are also referred to an eye doctor.
Children may qualify for Children's Special Health Care Services Program.