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FSLH Aims to Provide 250 Free Hearing Screenings in 2014
In an effort to promote the early detection or potential for hearing loss, the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Audiology Department has set a goal to provide 250 free hearing screenings to the community in 2014.
Starting Thursday, May 1, 2014, free hearing screenings for individuals four years of age or older will be available during regular business hours in the Hearing and Speech Center at The Regional Rehabilitation Center at the Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica. Pre-registration is required by calling (315) 624-4600.
In honor of May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, FSLH’s Speech-Language Pathology Department is also offering free speech screenings. Screenings will be held on Monday, May 5 from 1:45pm to 5pm; Tuesday, May 13 from 9:45am to 11:15am; Wednesday, May 21 from 1pm to 2:15pm; and Thursday, May 29 from 9am to 10:15am. Call (315) 624-5455 to schedule a free speech screening.
One in six Americans has a hearing, speech or language problem — conditions that make it difficult to communicate with others. Untreated, these problems can limit individuals at home, school and work. Anyone, of any age, can have or develop a hearing impairment that impacts the ability to hear, speak or understand effectively.
“The earlier hearing loss is detected, the greater the chance we have to prevent individuals from suffering the cognitive, social and emotional side effects which often accompany it,” said Christine Hoage, Aud, CCC-A, Hearing and Speech manager at FSLH. “The majority of people are nearly 70 years old before they use a hearing aid for the first time, but it is estimated that 65 percent of Americans with hearing loss are under the age of 65 — and quite possibly, significantly younger than that.”
In 2012, the American Academy of Audiology set out to increase public awareness of hearing loss and promote the importance of prevention. Much like the emphasis that is placed on routine eye and dental exams, the American Academy of Audiology advocates hearing screenings should be included in routine health regimens.