Not necessarily.Two common reasons for hearing screen failures are cerumen impaction (wax build up in ear canal) and serous otitis media (ear infection).


Many times students may fail a screening test at the initial screen then pass at the rescreen. A passed test may save the student from further unnecessary examination.

Reasons for initial screening fails that may be resolved by rescreen event:

Apprehension over a new experience for the very young, need for additional instruction and time for testing, cold or allergy symptoms, fatigue.

A student who fails a hearing or vision screen will be referred to appropriate eye or ear specialists for further examination. Parents/guardians will then receive a letter in the mail with screening results along with Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations for follow up.

A student may be exempt from screening if a parent/guardian has presented a signed statement of objection due to religious reasons.

It is not necessary to screen a student with a current eye exam on file.

“Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.” (Section 27-8.1 of the School Code)

A student with glasses or contacts will not be instrument screened, yet will require a brief interview, eye assessment and glasses inspection. It is important to ensure the student has a current prescription and continuing eye care.

A student with hearing aids or who has an exam (including audiogram) on file indicating an ear specialist has seen him/her within 12 months will not require screening.


If these frequently asked questions do not answer your specific question, please feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to assist you in obtaining answers.