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Published on Dec 2, 2016
"I'm learning to be at school", said Genavicia during her hearing and vision screening. Watch now.
Many children are unaware they hear and see differently than their peers. Hearing and vision screening provides a valuable service for parents, their children and educators as the ability to see and hear aids in ability to learn. This is key to a child’s success in school and in life.
We are committed to providing all Ottawa County children with hearing and vision screenings to ensure they have the skills necessary to succeed. Our trained technicians follow state rules and conduct free screening for children in schools, preschools, Head Starts and here in our clinics. We know with early detection and treatment we can help children with speech, language and social development. This is why we regularly follow them throughout their school experience.
Through providing some 40,000 screens each year, we find nearly 10 percent of children are in need of further medical attention for vision and three percent for hearing. Last year, more than 2,200 children were referred to specialists after not passing their screening. Through medical treatment, children have improved sight and ability to hear clearer. This leads to being better prepared to learn, to speak and to socialize; improving health and developmental outcomes.
Our vision is for healthy people, and the hearing and vision screening program is true public health in action.