Because vision and hearing may change frequently during the school years, regular medical exams are important. You and your child’s teachers should watch for clues that your child’s vision or hearing may be changing. Some of them may be subtle. A child may not tell you that he or she may have a vision or hearing problem because they may think the way they see and hear is the same as everyone else.
Signs that may indicate a child has a vision or hearing problem include:
All of these are just examples. There are other signs that a medical professional can discuss with you as your child grows.
The important fact to remember is that on-going vision and hearing screenings by healthcare professionals are important. Growing children use their eyes and ears constantly, both at play and in the classroom. Early detection of vision or hearing problems increases each child’s opportunity for academic, athletic, and social success!