If you have a young child, you should note that Michigan’s Public Health Code requires children 3 – 5 years of age to have a hearing and vision screening prior to kindergarten entry. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s (OCDPH) Hearing & Vision program focuses on the importance of early detection and offers free screening services to school-age children. Comprehensive screenings are conducted by trained hearing and vision technicians. Last year, OCDPH referred 8% of all children vision screened and nearly 3% hearing screened to a specialist. Parents registering their child in kindergarten or first grade must supply their school with a testing certificate. Failing to do so, will result in exclusion from school. Preschool hearing and vision clinics are provided at no cost and are available by appointment only. Please call your local office for an appointment.
Grand Haven: (616) 846-8360
Holland: (616) 396-5266
Hudsonville: (616) 669-0040
Five reasons why Michigan law requires child hearing & vision screenings:
- Hearing and vision loss can impede a child’s development and performance.
- Early detection may lead to better care and treatment.
- Hearing and vision are vital to learning, working and socialization.
- Proper hearing and vision enables children to reach their full potential.
- Every dollar invested in screenings saves Michigan $112 in hearing and $162 in vision costs.
(Values are based on health care costs and future productivity loss.)
Submitted by Kristina Weighmink, Communication Specialist, OCDPH