Vision and Hearing Screening

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The Vision and Hearing Screening program at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) 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 

The Governor signed House Bill (HB) 3157, 85th Legislature, Regular Session 2017. It amends Health and Safety Code, Chapter 36, Special Senses and Communication Disorders and became effective September 1, 2017. HB 3157 does not require that schools use photoscreening technology nor require that schools purchase the equipment. However, it explicitly allows schools to use photoscreening technology as part of the screening process. 

Because current rules allow for the use of photoscreening in a manner that is consistent with American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) recommendations, rules will not need to be amended to implement HB 3157. View the current vision and hearing screening rules. Also, see our vision screening frequent questions.

Currently, DSHS is conducting a review of the Vision Screening Program. If you would like to provide input or have any comments, questions, or concerns; please email vhssprogram@dshs.texas.gov. 

Eye chart to check vision and sound waves radiating to an ear.

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 1818, 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 January 9, 2018