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Hearing and Sight Tests

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to introduce hearing and sight tests for children when they first attend secondary school. (105710)

There are currently no plans in place to introduce sight or hearing tests for all children first attending secondary school.

It is recommended that all children should be screened for visual impairment between four and five years of age. Once this programme is in place, the school entry vision screening programme aimed at seven-year-olds should cease.

Although most cases of hearing impairment should be identified before school entry, there will be some cases that are missed, and the UK National Screening Committee has recommended that screening for hearing loss at the time of school entry should continue while further research is undertaken.