A hearing screening is a test which determines how well an individual can hear a variety of sounds. The purpose of the hearing screening is to identify whether the participant has normal hearing, but it is not a diagnosis of a hearing impairment. The participant either passes or fails the screening. If the participant passes, no further action is required. If the individual fails, follow up with a qualified professional may be necessary.
Why are hearing screenings important?
Good hearing is critical for successful academic, social, emotional, and communication development. Quite often, hearing loss can go undetected for years, resulting in misdiagnosed behavioral and learning disabilities, ADHD, or cognitive impairments.
Ridge Zeller Therapy offers hearing screening services for all students, including those receiving special education services, in the Phoenix metro area. Call us today at 480-365-9981 or email us at ContactUs@RZTherapy.com to schedule your school’s annual hearing screenings.
Government Regulations for Hearing Screenings
The state of Arizona mandates that all private, public, and charter schools have a systematic screening procedure for conducting hearing screenings to allow for early detection and appropriate interventions. Arizona Administrative Code, Sections R9-13-101 through R9-13-110 adopted effective February 18, 1986, mandates hearing screenings for:
- Preschool, kindergarten, or children in grades 1, 2, 6, or 9;
- Grades 3, 4, or 5, unless there is written documentation that the student had a hearing screening in or after grade 2;
- Grades 7 or 8, unless there is written documentation that the student had a hearing screening in or after grade 6;
- Grades 10, 11, or 12 unless there is written documentation that the student had a hearing screening in or after grade 9;
- Those students in special education programs;
- Those students who failed a second hearing screening in the prior school year; and
- At the request of the student, the student’s parent, a schoolteacher, a school nurse, a school psychologist, an audiologist, a physician, a primary care practitioner, a speech language pathologist, or Department staff.