Hearing Screening

The ability to see and hear – the ability to learn – is the key to a child's success. Early detection and treatment of vision and hearing problems can help children develop well and succeed in school.

The Vision and Hearing Program provides FREE vision and hearing screenings to all children in Detroit, ages 3-18 years old.

Our trained staff conducts comprehensive screenings and works to make sure that Detroit’s children are on track for healthy development.


Hearing Screening


Early hearing screening is important in identifying problems and preventing hearing related delays in speech, cognitive and social skills development.

Free screenings are provided annually in: 

  • Head Start centers
  • Day care centers
  • Public, private and charter schools

Our program screens children at least once between the ages of 3 and 5 years and every other year between the ages of 5 and 10 years.

The goals are to help families and school personnel:

  • Learn about hearing loss in children as early as possible
  • Get medical care fast for children who may have trouble hearing
  • Prevent hearing loss and ear disease
  • Understand the needs of children who are hearing impaired
  • Meet their educational medical and social needs

There are three steps in the hearing screening process:

  1. Initial Screening
  2. Intermediate Sweep or Audiogram
  3. Referral (5% of all children screened need a medical referral)

Upon discovery of a hearing problem, a referral letter is sent to the child’s home. The referral letter may ask that the child be seen by a pediatrician, an audiologist, or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. A member from the Detroit Health Department’s Hearing Screening office follows up with parents to ensure that children get the appropriate medical assistance. Several times each year children can be examined at free otology Clinics.


Hours of Operation


Hearing screenings are conducted by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment please call (313) 876-0134.


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