Kalamaoo County

Health and Community Services

Hearing & Vision Screening Program

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I go for an office appointment?
Regular Open Clinics are available at our facility located at 311 East Alcott St.  If you are concerned about your child's vision or hearing, call 373-5029 to schedule an appointment.

Is there a charge for hearing or vision screening?
No.  The hearing and vision screenings are FREE.

Do you have physicians on staff?
No.

Who does the screening?
The individuals who conduct the screenings are called Public Health Technicians.  All Public Health Technicians complete a Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Hearing or Vision Screening Technician Training Course.  To maintain their excellent screening skills, they attend an annual MDHHS Skills Workshop.  They are a dedicated staff who provide Hearing and Vision screening to over 40,000 children each school year.

What is the hearing and vision state mandate?
The Public Health Code 368 of 1978 mandates local health departments to provide free periodic hearing and vision screening to preschool and school-age children within their jurisdiction.

Does my child need hearing and vision screening for Kindergarten entry?
Hearing and Vision screening is REQUIRED for kindergarten entrance in Kalamazoo County schools.  Daily clinics are provided during the summer at various locations throughout Kalamazoo County.  Call 373-5029 to schedule an appointment.

What grades are screened?

  • Children in grades K, 2 and 4 receive Hearing Screening.
  • Children in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 receive Vision Screening.

How is hearing screening performed?
A calibrated pure tone audiometer is used.  Tones are presented through headphones.

How is vision screening performed?
An age appropriate vision screening instrument is used to screen for eye muscle imbalance and clearness of vision.

Will I be notified of my child's hearing or vision screening results done in the schools?
You will be notified by the Hearing and Vision Office only if your child does not pass the screening.

How can I tell if my child may have a hearing problem?

  • Does your child have a history of earaches or drainage from the ears?
  • Does your child want the television or radio louder?
  • Does your child often ask you or others to repeat questions?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, contact the Hearing and Vision Program at 373-5029 to schedule an appointment.

How can I tell if my child may have a vision problem?
It is not always easy to tell.  Many young children do not realize there is a problem; they think everyone sees that way.  Some signs to look for:

  • Does your child squint or tilt the head to see?
  • When your child is ill or tired, do the eyes appear crossed or does one eye wander when looking at an object?
  • Does your child move hesitantly or walk close to the wall?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, contact the Hearing and Vision Program at 373-5029 to schedule an appointment.




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