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What is the Michigan Hearing and Vision Screening Program?

Michigan's Hearing and Vision screenings are available FREE of charge by Local Health Departments in collaboration with local schools; the programs are administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The Hearing and Vision programs have been implemented for more than 60 years to the benefit of generations of Michigan children.

Over 1.1 million children are screened annually for hearing and vision problems.

Over 88,000 children are referred each year to eye care professionals or physicians for follow-up care for hearing-related issues.

The total number of children who received Hearing and Vision screens in 2008-2009: 1,148,664 at an average cost to the state of $4.48 per child.

Both programs are carefully standardized, so that each child screened, receives consistent screening, referral, and follow-up services.

Our Commitment to Michigan's Children

The Michigan Department of Community Health and your Local Health Departments are committed to providing all Michigan children with hearing and vision screens to ensure they have the skills necessary to succeed in school and learning.

If your child is enrolled in school, continuous screenings begin in kindergarten.

If your child is not enrolled in a formal school setting, they can receive free screenings at yourLocal Health Department by appointment

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Celebrating 60 Years: Hearing Laughter & Seeing Smiles from Michigan's Children

Approximately 200 Hearing & Vision Coordinators and Technicians gathered September 14-16, 2009 in Thompsonville, Michigan at the Crystal Mountain Resort for a Hearing and Vision conference, "Celebrating 60 Years: Hearing Laughter and Seeing Smiles from Michigan's Children."

The Hearing and Vision Screening Programs have been legislated since 1949 and have provided services to over 50 million children in Michigan since their inception. Annually, the Hearing Program screens nearly 500,000 children and refers over 18,000 to physicians while the Vision Program screens over 690,000 children and refers over 70,000 children to optometrists and ophthalmologists.

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