David J. Lane, Au.D., CCC-A   Board Certified Audiologist
4117 S. Water Tower Place Suite C
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864           Phone:  (618) 242-0672


A hearing evaluation may consist of pure-tone thresholds or otoacoustic emissions (OAE).
After a failed screening, if a referral is warranted, Tri-County Special Education processes these referrals from its member district nurses to the designated contractual audiologist. A request for this testing requires parent and administrative consent and may or may not be part of a special education referral.  Hearing Referral & Consent Form



Through the auditory processing screening process, including a review of the listening and learning abilities and behaviors in the classroom, a child may be referred to an audiologist for a complete battery of tests by his/her educational team. There are a variety of screening measures and tools used to determine when further testing may be warranted. Consent for this in-depth testing, conducted by an audiologist, is part of a full case-study evaluation, not an isolated test  AND requires parent consent through an  Individual Needs Assessment / Domains Meeting(INA).

Auditory processing is what our brain does with what it hears. This is a central nervous system issue related to how the brain translates signals and sounds that are heard. Most of the tests of APD require that a child be at least 7-8 years of age because the variability in brain function is so marked in younger children that test interpretation may not be possible. Although the human auditory system is fully developed at birth, auditory pathways don’t mature until age 10-12 years old.