Hearing and Vision

Program overview

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) provides children FREE comprehensive screening by trained hearing and vision technicians through your local health department. Michigan's Public Health Code requires screening during pre-school (ages 3 to 5) and Michigan law requires hearing and vision screening prior to kindergarten entry. Once a child is in school, free screenings continue on a regular basis and are conducted by a local health department.


The Hearing and Vision program aims at detecting hearing and vision problems in children as early as possible to help with development and success of children in school. The hearing and vision screening includes:

  • early identification of eye conditions like, amblyopia, or lazy eye
  • vision tests for clearness of vision, eye muscle balance, nearsightedness, farsightedness and symptoms of eyesight problems
  • identify hearing loss and reducing preventable hearing loss and ear disease by providing assistance in obtaining prompt medical care
  • help parents and school personnel to understand the child's needs related to hearing and/or vision loss
  • referral to specialist if problem is detected

Contact Information

Lorene Maulding
Phone: 906-789-8131