The early detection of hearing loss is very important for speech and language development. Hearing can be assessed for children of any age.
All kindergarten students have their hearing screened in school The screening happens once a year and a date is scheduled with the school each year.
Public health will send the letter below to parents to inform them of the screening date:
Kindergarten Vision, Hearing and Dental Parent Notification Letter
Schools can arrange hearing screening for students, grades 1-12, with the verbal consent of the parents or guardians using the request form below:
Hearing referral form for students grades 1-12
If you make a request for hearing screening at least several weeks before kindergarten screening is scheduled at your school, we will do our best to accommodate the screening at the school, time permitting. Otherwise, students will be screened at the VCH North Shore Children's Hearing Clinic within a month of the request.
Students who have passed a hearing screening within the past 12 months generally would not require an additional screening. An additional screening may be considered if there has been a change in the child's health or there is a family history of progressive hearing loss.
Some students may require follow up from school hearing screening. Follow up may include a recommendation for medical consultation with the family physician prior to follow up screening, or referral to an audiologist at the North Shore Children's Hearing Centre. Audiology appointments will be made directly with the parent.
How do I access screening results?
Hearing screening results are sent home with students the day of screening. We also notify the school principal of the screening results.
Hearing Tests for Children
Hearing Loss in Children