Vision and Hearing Screening

The Vision and Hearing Screening program at the Texas Department of State Health Services works to identify children with vision and hearing disorders who attend public or private preschools and schools. 

Mission

Preschoolers and school children with hearing and vision problems will be identified early and linked to appropriate remedial services. School children will learn about preventive vision and hearing care.

Announcements

House Bill 3157 and Photoscreening Use in Schools eye chart to check vision and sound waves radiating to an ear

The Governor signed House Bill (HB) 3157, 85th Legislature, Regular Session 2017, which now allows an individual who attends public or private schools to be screened using photoscreening devices to detect vision disorders. It amends Health and Safety Code, Chapter 36, Special Senses and Communication Disorders, and becomes effective September 1, 2017. However, it does not require that schools use photoscreening technology nor require that schools purchase the equipment.  

Current rules will be amended to comply with the new law. Until then, schools are to follow the rules currently in effect which require schools to follow the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) recommendation to use photoscreening for children up to five years of age or those with disabilities who do not respond well to other allowable screening methods. View the current vision and hearing screening rules.

If you have questions or concerns, please email vhssprogram@dshs.texas.gov or call direct 512-776-7420 or toll free 1-800-252-8023, extension 7420.

Audiometers

An audiometer measures various aspects of a person's ability to hear. To measure hearing accurately and to ensure that all audiometers perform consistently, Texas law requires that they be registered and calibrated. Read more about audiometers.

Contact Us

Texas Department of State Health Services
Vision and Hearing Screening
PO Box 149347, MC 1938, Austin, Texas 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Phone: 512-776-7420
Toll Free 1-800-252-8023, extension 7420
Fax: 512-776-7256
Email: vhssprogram@dshs.texas.gov 

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Last updated July 28, 2017