Frequently Asked Questions
Q My child was screened last year. Everything was OK. Should my child be screened every year?
A Yes, like other childhood health issues, hearing and vision problems can begin to develop at any time for many
different reasons. Ear infections can develop quickly, damage from loud noise, such as music players with ear phones and medically induced hearing loss can become permanent. Some of these may be prevented through regular screenings. Loss of the senses can be gradual and difficult for your child to relay to you. Young children may not realize that their vision or hearing is not normal. 1 in 3 children we screen have an undetected impairment. Early detection leads to a chance at a better outcome.
Q Is this not covered by OHIP?
A A Family doctor would only refer a patient to a Specialist when concerns are suspected. Basic Audiology
testing is not covered by OHIP unless medically referred. Comprehensive eye examination is also covered by OHIP.
This screening service is not meant to replace either. Overall, this clinic could be considered a very
effective addition to a child’s health awareness.
Q Who will see my child’s hearing and vision results?
A By participating in this clinic you are giving permission for School Screening Associaton to share the results with your child's education team. Our program is a co-operative effort and can improve academic performance by sharing the results. Simple measures like moving your child closer to the teacher or board can help immediately. Other programs such as ESL and Speech & Language therapy may be improved by the information found as a result of this program and your child may qualify for special resources. Our biggest challenge in educating our children is identifying their specific needs and giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals.