School Readiness Hearing Screening
In preparation for the transition to school, children currently enrolled at kindergartens and childcare centres in Bayside are invited to attend a free hearing screening appointment.
The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne conducts hearing screenings in the community for children aged 3.5 to 6 years of age. Their goal is to identify previously unknown hearing issues in young children that would, if undetected, have the potential to impact both short and long term speech and language outcomes.
Hampton Rotary initiated this project which has been running successfully now for a number of years and we will be seeking volunteers shortly to assist run this important project on the day.
The most recent assessment day was held on Saturday, May 4th 2019, with 97 children tested. 75 passed and 12 were referred to their family doctor as they had a hearing loss measured on the day. Investigations into the health of their middle ear and further audiology testing in 1-2 months to monitor their hearing levels were recommended. Seven children were either unable to be fully assessed on the day or had results that suggested a permanent hearing problem. They were recommended for immediate diagnostic audiology.
Since this project was first piloted in 2015, more than 400 children have been assessed, so this partnership has provided an invaluable Bayside community service.
For further information please call Marie Arendsen from Hampton Rotary on 0402 457 570 or Bayside City Council, Family Service.