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Pediatric Hearing and Vision Testing - See How Its Done


My daughter claims to be deaf….. she’s four. I do believe her on occasion. That’s when she’s not listening and pretending I am not there! She was lucky that at OASIS International Hospital, we could have a quick checkup and make sure her hearing and sight was as a four year old’s should be.

I was a bit worried about the vision test.

How do you test the vision on a four year old?

What if she didn’t know the numbers or letters on the optician board?

I had nothing to be worried about. That’s not how the exam is completed. It was the least intrusive test I have seen, and can be done from six months on.

My daughter is pretty still sitting a chair, but sitting on my lap, the test was completed in a matter of seconds. A handheld machine was used and performed by a nurse to see if the eyes are in good health. It can detect short sightedness and lazy eye syndrome as well. I would highly recommend any parent while visiting for a well-child exam or who has  any concerns for their child’s vision, to get tested with this quick and easy vision exam.

After her vision test, I had her hearing also checked.

This test is a bit more intrusive with some stickers and special earphones. Again my daughter was extremely helpful and didn’t mind having things in her ears. She probably thought music would start to play.

This exam is also performed on newborns shortly after birth and it proved that my daughter is not deaf but has selective hearing. A medical condition many kids suffer from, usually shouting the word “chocolate” cures the selective hearing at once. I am glad that my child has healthy eyes and ears and I found this all out all within an hour at the pediatric clinic.


    Pediatric Vision Screening is a preventative eye exam for young children. On average, almost every fifth child has an undetected vision disorder at the age of four. This high prevalence of vision disorders is not surprising as symptoms are not as obvious as other diseases. If vision disorders are not detected and treated within the first years of life, they could lead to a permanent vision defect (eg: lazy eye). Neither glasses nor any other vision aid can compensate for a lazy eye, also called amblyopia.

    Affected children do not notice their vision disorder, because they are used to seeing the world with their eyes and have no comparison possibilities. Early childhood screening detects the undetected and is recommended by all pediatricians.

    Ametropia, strabismus, and in rare cases media opacities are the most frequently occurring vision disorders during childhood. 


    Identification of hearing loss through neonatal hearing screening, monitoring of developmental milestones, auditory skills, parental concerns, middle-ear status as well as objective hearing screening of all infants and children at critical developmental stages can prevent or reduce many of the adverse consequences that impaired or hearing loss can bring about such as, lifelong deficits in speech and language acquisition, poor academic performance, personal-social maladjustments, and emotional difficulties. 

    Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects 2-3 in every 1000 children under the age of 18. Fortunately, there are very few hearing losses that cannot be helped with modern technology. The most effective treatment is achieved through early intervention. Early diagnosis, early fitting of hearing aids, and an early start on special education programs can help maximize a child's hearing. This will give your child the best chances for successful speech and language development.

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