Vision and hearing screening is an important aspect of your child’s medical care, and Advanced Pediatrics makes it easy to get these tests at the right times. The patient-focused private practice offers comprehensive medical care for children, from checkups and screenings to sick care and mental health treatment, in their Vienna, Virginia, office. To schedule your child’s appointment, call the office now.
A vision and hearing screening includes an exam and series of tests that check your child’s eyesight and hearing. All children need hearing and vision screenings as part of their routine pediatric care as they grow up.
Screenings can change as your child grows. In general, they include:
Vision screenings can include matching images, reading letters, or other visual acuity tests for older children or autorefraction (tests using light and cameras) for younger children. Your child’s pediatric care providers also check visual tracking, teaming, and other aspects of eye function and look for anatomical issues in the eyes.
Hearing screenings test to see how your child reacts to sounds and the level of sound they hear. This type of testing can determine whether your child has a problem with hearing that could require further evaluation and treatment.
All vision and hearing screenings are performed in the Advanced Pediatrics office as part of your child’s comprehensive pediatric care.
Advanced Pediatrics recommends vision and hearing screenings at the appropriate intervals as your child grows. Generally, they’ll have a screening at the following ages.
Vision screening starts at 2 weeks and continues during regular checkups. Earlier screenings rely entirely upon observation and specialized instruments since children are too young to communicate with their providers.
As your child ages — usually starting at age 4 or 5 but possibly younger — they’ll have vision tests that involve back-and-forth communications with their provider, like reading an eye chart.
Babies have their first hearing screening either before leaving the hospital after birth or during their first appointment (at about 2 weeks of age). If your baby’s hearing screening detects an irregularity, they’ll need a comprehensive hearing test before 3 months old.
If your child is at risk for hearing loss, they need a hearing test at around age 2, and possibly a full audiological evaluation. Should your child show symptoms of a hearing problem at any point during their childhood, reach out to Advanced Pediatrics to schedule a hearing test.
Good hearing and eyesight are crucial for healthy development. It's important to make sure your child gets these essential tests at the right times, so call the Advanced Pediatrics office today.