Signs to Look For

 

Our screenings capture the present moment in time. It is important to realize that vision and hearing can change over time and screenings should not replace regular eye and ear examinations. Not all children will know if they have a vision or hearing problem and not all children will experience the same symptoms.

Parents are teachers should be aware of the following signs that might indicate a vision or hearing problem.

Signs or symptoms of eye problems

  • Appearance
    • Closing of an eye
    • Eye turning in or out at any time
    • Excessive blinking
    • Squinting
    • Tearing
    • Redness/Swelling
  • Behavior
    • Poor attention span
    • Poor tracking
    • Poor eye-hand coordination
    • Poor eye teaming
    • Confusion of shapes
  • Complaints
    • Eye discomfort
    • Headaches
    • Burning
    • Itching
    • Double vision
    • Dizziness
    • Blur

Signs or symptoms of ear problems

  • Articulation problems or speech/ language delays
  • Complains about ear aches, ear pain, or head noises
  • Turns up the volume on the TV excessively high or sits closer to hear better
  • Responds inappropriately to questions
  • Moves one ear forward when listening
  • Does not reply when you call their name
  • Watches others in order to imitate their actions
  • Says “what” or “huh” more than several times a day
  • Watches a speaker’s face very intently – many children’s hearing loss escapes detection because they are very successful lip readers
  • Switches ears frequently when using the phone
  • Has no reaction to loud noises
  • Constantly pulls or rubs a certain ear