Child Hearing Conservation Program
Everyone on the Vibrant Team is excited to have been selected to spearhead the Hearing Conservation Program for Montana’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Sanders County, Missoula County, Mineral County and Ravalli County.
The Hearing Conservation Program works in partnership with the public school system. The public schools take on the primary responsibility of conducting hearing screening and rescreening of school-age children. The Hearing Conservation Program provides training and technical assistance, comprehensive hearing evaluations, and follow-up technical assistance and support to schools and families in the event the child has a confirmed hearing loss.
The audiologist under contract with the Hearing Conservation Program is available to the schools in the area for assistance in training screening personnel, interpreting screening results for referral, providing hearing evaluation following screening, participating in child find screenings, providing in-service training for teachers, counseling parents regarding hearing loss, participating in evaluation and individualized education program (IEP) team meetings, when appropriate, and the various other functions as time will allow.
The 2016 School year has begun and hearing screening will start soon. Montana students will undergo a hearing screening in the 2nd and 9th grades. In addition to school hearing screenings, all Montana counties host a Child Find education screening event each year. These events are open to the public and any child between the ages of birth to five are welcome to attend.
Below is a calendar for Region 8 Child Find events. We will update this calendar as dates and locations are confirmed.
Region 8 Child Find Events: 2016-2017 School Year
|Florence-Carlton—Admin Office||October 25||3 – 6 p.m.|
|Stevensville—Middle School||October 26||9 a.m. – Noon|
|Victor—Location TBD||October 27||2 – 5 p.m.|
|Hamilton||October 28||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Pinesdale||November 1||8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Corvallis||November 1||8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Darby||November 2||9 a.m. – Noon|
Does your child have a hearing loss or receive hearing services at school? The following links and information may be helpful:
- Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss
- How to check a child’s hearing aids.
- Facts about Pediatric Hearing Loss
For Teachers, Educators, and classroom volunteers: How to check FM systems in the classroom.