Hearing Screening Program

The objective of the hearing screening program is to identify students with possible hearing deficits at the earliest possible stage in order to refer for diagnosis and treatment. Hearing deficits in children can interfere with normal speech and language development, communication, and with the ability to learn. It is estimated that one-third of children with minimal or unilateral hearing loss fail a grade. Loss of hearing is considered a "hearing handicap." It is important to detect even mild hearing loss in order to treat the problem or compensate for the loss when possible. Children with mild to moderate hearing deficits may be at a disadvantage educationally, emotionally, and socially.