Hearing Screening

Hearing Screening


The Hearing Program provides no cost:

  • State mandated hearing screenings in Oakland County schools
  • Hearing screenings by appointment children age 3 through 18 who reside in Oakland County or attend an Oakland County school
  • Referrals to other resources
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Who does the screening?,
Public Health Technicians, who have all completed a Michigan Department of Community Health Hearing Screening Technician Training Course, administer screenings and attend a MDCH Skills Workshop bi-annually.
What is the hearing state mandate?,
The Public Health Code 368 of 1978 mandates local health departments to provide free periodic hearing screening to preschool and school-age children within their jurisdiction.
What grades are screened in school settings and participating nursery schools?,
Hearing screens four year old preschoolers, kindergarten, second and fourth graders. Ungraded educational programs are screened for hearing every other year.
How are hearing screenings performed?,

A calibrated pure tone audiometer is used. Tones are presented through headphones.

Will I be notified of my child's hearing screening results done in the schools?,
You will be notified only if your child does not pass the screening.
Does my child need hearing screening for Kindergarten entry?,
Hearing screening is provided in the schools for kindergarten students.
My doctor has recommended a hearing screening for my 2-year-old. Who do I call for that?,
Call 248-424-7070 for a referral to a resource.
How can I tell if my child may have a hearing problem?,
Some indications that your child may be experiencing hearing problems are:
  • Radio or TV needs to be loud.
  • History of earaches or drainage from the ears.
  • Child often asks others to repeat questions and conversation.
How can I tell if my infant/toddler may have a hearing problem?,
Some indications that your infant/toddler may be experiencing hearing problems are:
  • Infant does not startle at loud noise.
  • At 5 months of age, child does not turn to look for source of sound.
  • 2 year-old does not identify pictures.
  • 2 year-old does not put two words together
Where can I go for an office appointment?, There are two offices available for hearing appointments, one in Southfield and another in Pontiac. You can find directions and a map here.

 Contact Us

South Oakland Health Center

27725 Greenfield Rd., Southfield
Phone: 248-424-7070
Fax: 248-424-7089

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