Hearing & Vision Screening in North Carolina & South Carolina

First Care Medical Center offers hearing and vision screenings for children and adults. No appointment necessary. We serve Charlotte NC, Albemarle, Charlotte (Plaza), Charlotte Nations Ford, Gastonia, Monroe & Rock Hill, SC. Walk-in today at a location near you.

Hearing & Vision Screening in North Carolina & South Carolina

First Care Medical Clinic offers hearing & vision screening for pediatric patients. When it comes to hearing and vision problems, early detection can go a long way. For that reason, it is recommended for a child to have both their vision and hearing tested at each well visit. However, if you suspect your child may be suffering from hearing or vision problems, a test can be scheduled at any time.

Vision Screening

Vision problems are not uncommon in pediatric patients. In fact, about a quarter of all school-aged children suffer from significant impairments in vision. Vision problems may be difficult to diagnose in young children, especially without the proper vision screening.

The most common vision impairments in children include:

  • Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”
  • Strabismus or misalignment of the eyes
  • Refractive errors such as nearsightedness or astigmatism

These conditions can be corrected, and with proper diagnosis and treatment, long-lasting consequences can be avoided.

Signs of Vision Problems in Children Include:

  • Prolonged redness in the eye
  • Pus or crust in the eye
  • Misalignment of the eye, such as eyes that appear crossed
  • White color appearing in the pupil
  • Fluttering of the eyes
  • Consistently watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Drooping eyelids

If a vision problem exists, one or more of these signs may be present. Don’t ignore early warning signs. If you suspect your child may have a vision problem, schedule a vision screening with First Care today.

Hearing Screening

Most newborns receive their first hearing test while in the hospital. However, that test is not 100% accurate and hearing conditions can develop well after birth. Researchers have suggested that the number of children who experience hearing loss doubles between birth and teen years. For this reason, It is important to routinely get your child’s hearing checked, such as at routine well visits.

Types of Hearing Loss in Children

  • Sensorineural: Occurs when the sensitive inner ear, known as the cochlea, is damaged.
  • Conductive: Occurs when a blockage does not allow for the transmission of sound to the inner ear.
  • Mixed: Occurs when child has both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
  • Central: Occurs when the cochlea is functioning correctly but other parts of the brain are not.
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (ADP): Occurs when the ears and brain have difficulty coordinating.

Potential Causes for Hearing Loss in Children:

  • Birth related
    • Born premature
    • Experienced certain complications at birth
    • Suffered severe jaundice requiring a blood transfusion
    • Required a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Side effect from certain medications
  • Extensive history of ear infections
  • Meningitis or cytomegalovirus
  • Exposure to very loud noises
  • Family history of hearing loss

Signs of Hearing Problems in Children Include:

  • Failing academic performance or difficulty learning
  • Poor speech and language development
  • Inattentiveness or failure to respond to conversation-level speech
  • Frequently needs to increase volume on televisions or electronic devices
  • Frustration at background noise

If you suspect your child is suffering from hearing loss, schedule a hearing screening with First Care today. In most cases, hearing impairments can be corrected, so early detection is key.

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