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Vision Hearing Technician Visit

posted Apr 17, 2016, 3:42 PM by Reception @TMCS

Vision Hearing Technicians from Rural and Community Services will be visiting our school on Monday 23rd May.

The objective of the vision is to identify previously undetected hearing and vision defects.

Which children are routinely checked?

  •  catch up screening for children who have not completed hearing and vision checks as part of their B4 school check
  • children absent from previous visit, require re-tests or follow up
  • in special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a hearing or vision check
  •  new immigrants

What tests are carried out?

  • Ears
  • audiometry – hearing test
  • tympanometry – middle ear function test (only carried out when hearing test is not within a normal range)
  • Eyes
  •  long distance vision tests – not a complete visual examination, but a simple screening test
  •  colour vision tests (Year 7 boys only)

NB All these checks are non-invasive, safe and should cause no discomfort.

The Vision Hearing Technician will:

  •  notify parents of all test results
  •  enter results on ministry of education data base (ENROL)

The vision hearing technician will obtain personal details from the school i.e names, dates of birth, ethnicity.

If the technician needs to contact parents or caregivers following the visit, addresses and phone numbers will

also be required. Community services may share this information with other health professionals involved in the children’s care.

If any parent or caregiver does not want their child to be checked, or their child is currently under specialist care for a hearing or vision defect, they should let the technician know by leaving a message with the school.