The Importance of Vision and Hearing Screening September 12 2014
Many problems with vision and hearing start early in life. It is believed that mandatory vision and hearing screenings are important parts of a child’s pediatric health regimen. A majority of states have adopted the policy of requiring some form of vision/hearing screening in public schools yearly. The American Academy of Pediatrics maintains that “Vision screening should be performed at an early age and at regular intervals with age-appropriate, valid methods, ideally within the medical home. The goal remains to identify and treat preventable visual impairment at the earliest feasible age”. They also state “Every child with 1 or more risk factors on the hearing risk assessment should have ongoing developmentally appropriate hearing screening and at least 1 diagnostic audiology assessment by 24 to 30 months of age”.In the past, hearing and vision screenings were tests usually performed by highly trained specialists, with a particular experience in optometry and audiology. While there is still no substitute for a highly trained specialist, advances in technology have certainly made it easier for Family Practitioners and Pediatricians to operate and
administer tests with vision and hearing screening units. These systems, like the Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener feature simple operation and fast reading times. The minimal amount of training required to operate the system allows hearing screenings to become routine parts of pediatric checkups. Similarly to the OAE Hearing Screener, the Welch Allyn VS100 Spot Vision Screener features simple operation, fast read times, and partially automated screenings. Like the hearing test, this test is able to be performed with minimal training.