Strange hearing screening question - page 2

I have a student that I screened his hearing earlier in the year. He failed my screening. I visited with mom. She was great to work with. She said he had already had tubes and had been under the care... Read More

  1. by   Cattz
    Quote from tining
    Recheck your screener handbook (at least in Texas). Raising right/left with beep is not necessary, any kind of response with beep is the rule. I have had kids say beep, or even high five as a response.
    I sure will. Thanks for all these responses. Makes me think I have been making it way too complicated ALL these years. After I thought about it...DUHhhhh...it is only in one ear anyway, so what makes the difference how they indicate that they heard the "beeps"??!!
  2. by   kidzcare
    Quote from tining
    Recheck your screener handbook (at least in Texas). Raising right/left with beep is not necessary, any kind of response with beep is the rule. I have had kids say beep, or even high five as a response.
    I work primarily at the preschool and I have the kids put a block in a bucket when they hear a beep. I have also had them just say "beep" or "I hear it!" depending on the kid.
  3. by   Amethya
    I make it fun for the kids, I tell them they can "Raise their hand, raise the roof, party over here (Moves to the right, moves to the left) do 'touch down' their arms or even dab (Dabs). Just as long as I can tell you can hear it, show it or say it."
  4. by   llg
    If the child is getting followed by an ENT, he is probably getting the help he needs. I wouldn't worry too much about him. But there are lots of hearing disorders that are not detectable by the traditional "can you hear the beeps" screenings -- and just because a child can hear the beep doesn't mean they don't have a serious hearing problem.

    For example: I am completely deaf in my right hear. But I still hear the beeps generated by the machine and sent through the right head phone -- the sound is referred through bone conduction into my functional left inner ear and I hear it at the louder decibel levels. The only way to detect my right-sided deafness is to completely mask the sound in my left ear by playing some loud white noise into it while testing my right side.

    Also, a person with "auditory processing disorder" will hear the beeps on the proper side, but still have trouble comprehending speech.

    So, while I realize you school nurses are just going to do the very basic screening ... be aware that those screenings do not catch all types of hearing loss and impairments.
  5. by   Supernrse01
    Is it possible that he was just purposely raising the opposite hand?
  6. by   Cattz
    Quote from llg
    If the child is getting followed by an ENT, he is probably getting the help he needs. I wouldn't worry too much about him. But there are lots of hearing disorders that are not detectable by the traditional "can you hear the beeps" screenings -- and just because a child can hear the beep doesn't mean they don't have a serious hearing problem.

    For example: I am completely deaf in my right hear. But I still hear the beeps generated by the machine and sent through the right head phone -- the sound is referred through bone conduction into my functional left inner ear and I hear it at the louder decibel levels. The only way to detect my right-sided deafness is to completely mask the sound in my left ear by playing some loud white noise into it while testing my right side.

    Also, a person with "auditory processing disorder" will hear the beeps on the proper side, but still have trouble comprehending speech.

    So, while I realize you school nurses are just going to do the very basic screening ... be aware that those screenings do not catch all types of hearing loss and impairments.
    Thanks- I am pretty confident that we are very aware that this will not catch all hearing loss and impairments, it is a screening tool, and not met to catch everything. Same with the vision screenings that we do.
  7. by   hppygr8ful
    I'm no expert but my son was diagnosed with an Auditory Processing Disorder when he was little. This sounds like it may be something like that.

    Hppy

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