Hearing and vision screening is required by the Michigan Public Health Code. It is available free through Washtenaw County Health Department. All children starting kindergarten or preschool must have their hearing and vision tested BEFORE starting school.
The Hearing and Vision program provides free screening to all Washtenaw County children under age of 21 and to special education students up to age 26. Health department technicians conduct free hearing and vision screening in all area schools and preschools (public, private and charter). They also screen students based on referrals from teachers, parents, nurses or physicians.
Vision screening includes testing for visual acuity, farsightedness, ability to use two eyes together and symptoms of eye problems. Hearing screenings are done with an audiometer and other equipment based on the child's needs. A free otology clinic is available for children identified during screening as having a hearing difficulty.
Hearing & Vision Screening
Students in kindergarten
Students in first grade
Students new to Michigan
Special education students
Vision Screening Only
Students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9
Hearing Screening Only
Students in grades 2 and 4
Washtenaw County Health Department Hearing and Vision staff