According to the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there are five important points that support the need for early childhood hearing and vision screening:
Hearing loss or vision problems are not uncommon.
Hearing loss or vision problems can have a major impact on a child’s development, especially in his/her first years of life.
Early identification and intervention minimize the effects of hearing or vision loss on a child’s development.
Hearing screening is the quick and effective first step in the process of identifying normal hearing or the need for further evaluation.
Hearing and vision screening may identify conditions requiring medical attention.
Early diagnosis and appropriate intervention is the key to normal development.
Public Health nurses provide screening for preschool through school age children for vision and hearing deficiencies.In the event that deficiencies in either area are detected, the nurses follow up with families to make sure the necessary diagnostic testing is accessible and provided.
Call (970) 668-9161 to schedule hearing or vision screenings.There is no fee for these screenings.