Hearing & Vision Screening: When Your Child Should Get One
From the moment your child is born you want to make sure that they grow up healthy and strong. This means having a doctor examine everything from their cardiac and respiratory health to their vision and hearing throughout their childhood and teen years. So, when should you bring your child into our pediatric office for a vision and hearing screening?
Your child will need to have their vision and hearing checked at various stages of their development. In fact, babies should have their first screening just weeks after birth (typically within the first month). If the test is inconclusive, then your pediatrician may recommend another screening at 3 months old.
While you will continue to bring your child in for regular checkups throughout their childhood, you will want to bring them in for another comprehensive hearing and vision evaluation around 2-2 ½ years old. This hearing and vision screening will be more elaborate and detailed but are painless and only take a few minutes.
Of course, if your child does develop signs or symptoms of hearing or vision problems it’s also important that you see your pediatrician right away for an evaluation.
Why are these screenings important?
Childhood is chock full of developmental milestones, and a child who has trouble with vision or hearing will often face other issues as a result. For example, children may experience developmental delays in language due to hearing problems, and those with undetected or untreated hearing or vision problems may also fall behind in school or be more at risk for accidents.
By performing regular hearing and vision screenings on your child we can catch problems early on to ensure that your child doesn’t have to battle these challenges. Plus, the earlier that problems are detected the easier they often are to treat. In fact, by simply providing hearing aids or glasses to treat hearing or vision issues early on, we can greatly improve your child’s life.