The Center’s School Screening Program provides simple – yet necessary – hearing and vison checks for preschool and school-age children throughout the community.
The Center’s professional screeners identify children with potential issues so families can pursue more in-depth testing and treatment. The Center screens more than 12,000 students at 117 partner sites throughout the St. Louis region.
- Hearing screenings are performed in school with portable audiometers and headsets. A child hears a series of beeps and responds by raising a hand.
- Screeners check for middle ear problems with a tympanometer. This shows how well the eardrum moves. An eardrum that does not move well may indicate the presence of earwax buildup or fluid behind the eardrum.
- Vision screenings are completed with the latest Plusoptix technology to screen for:
- Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
- Nearsightedness (Myopia)
- Blurred Vision (Astigmatism)
- Unequal Refractive Power (Anisometropia)
- Unequal Pupil Size (Anisocoria)
- Eye Misalignment (Strabismus)
When a child does not pass the screening, the family is provided information on how to contact the Center clinic for professional and compassionate follow-up care or a referral to other area providers upon request.
If hearing or vision problems are detected, families have the opportunity to act early and get treatment to prevent potential long-term, negative impacts on a child’s development.
Hearing and vision disorders are often described as “invisible handicaps,” causing problems that are not easily detected but can be devastating to children as they develop.
Director of Community Services