MAYWOOD, IL - Loyola University Medical Center audiologists recently teamed up with the Chicago Bears to provide hearing screenings to 120 local children and their parents.
On Saturday, July 29, Catholic Charities and Bears Care, a charitable branch of the Chicago Bears, sponsored its annual Back-to-School Health Fair, which features established healthcare organizations that provide services to low-income families in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. The event was held at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
"Maintaining hearing health is especially critical for school children during their developmental years, but is often overlooked," said Candace Blank, AuD, audiologist chief. "Undiagnosed hearing loss, whether temporary due to ear infections or permanent, can be a contributing factor to learning difficulties in the classroom."
For the fifth consecutive year, Dr. Blank and her Loyola colleagues joined the EarQ team to provide free hearing screenings and address additional hearing health concerns. Loyola is a part of EarQ’s nationwide network of independent hearing healthcare professionals.
Dr. Blank was joined at the fair by Loyola's Stefanie Allen, MS, Ginger Dunsmore, MA, Adriana Russ, AuD, Kathleen Schore, AuD, Melissa Welch, AuD, and Matt O'Shea, BA.
More than 40 million Americans live with hearing loss. For many, occupational factors such as working in loud environments and stress can contribute to a higher incidence of impairment than in the general population.
Recent studies have shown that one in five teenagers has hearing loss, as well as 60 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Left untreated, hearing loss can inhibit social interaction and a person's ability to perform daily activities, which can lead to withdrawal, isolation, depression and increased risk of heart disease.
Loyola's Audiology Services offer an experienced team of audiologists, a full range of services and progressive therapy to treat neonatal, pediatric and adult patients with hearing loss. Loyola’s physicians and audiologists investigate the latest innovative procedures to offer more effective treatments. Since technologies for treating hearing loss are advancing rapidly, Loyola has many more options for patients beyond the traditional hearing aid.
A hearing evaluation may be scheduled directly with Loyola audiology or following examination by a primary care physician or an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist). Based on the results, a hearing aid or one of the latest implantable devices may be recommended. Surgical management may be an appropriate approach for some people.
The hearing center provides a high level of quality care by board-certified otolaryngologists, audiologists, skilled nurses and caring staff. Both the physical and emotional needs of the patient are addressed. The goal is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.