Advanced Pediatrics is very pleased to announce that we have now updated our
approach to testing for vision and hearing.
Effective immediately, we are now using state-of-the-art technology to precisely determine if your child's vision or hearing is normal. Each test takes less than 5 seconds, and does not require the child's input.
For the vision test, a tiny beam of light is pointed at the eye and within seconds a determination of the child's ability to focus in that eye is made by a rapid scan of the fovea, the center of vision of the retina. The test can determine if vision is normal or not beginning at age one.
For the hearing test, small sounds are sent into the ear, and, again, within seconds, the device can actually measure if the small hairs on the nerves of hearing are working properly. This is the same technology used by hospitals to screen newborns for hearing function. Our device will also be able to screen for hearing normalcy as early as the first days of life.approach to testing for vision and hearing.
Determining normal vision is important during throughout childhood and adolescence. Early in life, differences in visual ability in the eyes can cause long-term loss of vision, a problem called amblyopia. And from ages 5-16, a large percentage of people develop abnormalities of vision that require correction with glasses or contacts. Our new vision screening system can determine if vision problems are developing beginning at age one.
Hearing once was an issue mainly at birth, if your hearing was normal at birth, chances are that it would remain so until later in adult life. This is no longer the case. The explosion of use of headphones and earplugs has led to an epidemic of hearing loss by early teen years. Some estimates put the risk of hearing loss as high as one in four teens! Our new hearing screening system can now determine if a trend towards hearing loss is happening before the loss of hearing becomes significant.
A key point to remember, both of our hearing and vision screening systems are screens. That means an abnormal result does not mean your child has a hearing or vision problem, but that a more detailed measure is needed. It does mean, with very good reliability, that a normal result means vision and/or hearing is indeed functioning well.
We are very pleased to be bringing the latest in vision and hearing measurement to Advanced Pediatrics. Gone are the frustrations of asking very young children to read charts or raise hands, now we can determine if your toddler, child, or adolescent's vision or hearing is normal with great reliability, in very short time. approach to testing for vision and hearing.
Dr. Arthur Lavin
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