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Hearing & Vision

Young children often can not tell us if they are struggling with their eyesight. Visual problems can affect their development and learning. It's important that any problems with their eyesight are identified early so they can get any treatment and support they might need.

Your baby will have a hearing test soon after they are born. This will help to find out if they have any problems with their hearing. You will also be asked whether you have concerns about your child's hearing as part of a review of your child's health. This will happen when they are 9-12 months and 2–2.5 years. A hearing test can then be arranged if its needed.

At around 4 or 5 years old, when your child may start school, they will be offered another hearing and vision check.

Read more about school age hearing and vision screening


Vision Tests

Hearing Screening


Vision in Children

There are some signs that you can look out for in your baby or growing child that will reassure you. It will also help you understand more about how they see and when to ask for extra help.

Hearing in Children

It is really important to find out if your child has hearing problems as early as possible because it can affect their speech and language, social skills and education. Here are some things that you can look out for:

Who Can Help?

If you are worried about your child’s vision you can take them to an optician for further investigation. Children do not have to be able to read letters to have their eyes examined. If you are worried about your babies vision, speak with your GP.

You can also contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 

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