Ottawa County Free Hearing and Vision Screening Appointments Now Available

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June 25, 2021


Free Hearing and Vision Screenings

Schedule now before the back-to-school rush!

Free hearing and vision screenings are now available at the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2021 are eligible for appointments and will be prioritized in accordance with school entry requirements.

Screenings are by appointment only. Please call (616) 394-5266 to schedule your child’s free screening today. The department's technicians meet the State of Michigan Hearing and Vision Technician Certification criteria and will provide a comprehensive screening with each appointment.

"An undiagnosed hearing and vision problem may interfere with a child's development," said Leslie Ver Duin, child health team supervisor with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. "Early detection and treatment of hearing and vision problems can help children succeed in school."

To uphold COVID-19 safety precautions, only one parent/guardian may accompany a child. Masks are required per the MDHHS guidance for healthcare settings. Learn more about the screenings at

The ability to hear and see--the ability to learn--is the key to a child's success.

Michigan's Public Health Code requires screening during pre-school (ages 3 to 5) and again prior to kindergarten entry. Once a child begins elementary school, free screenings continue on a regular basis.

10% of children screened for vision and 5% of children
screened for hearing are referred to specialists.



Leslie Ver Duin, BSN, RN
Child Health Team Supervisor
616-393-4444  I