Chicago Bears and Loyola Team Up for Children's Hearing| Loyola Medicine
Friday, August 18, 2017

Loyola Teams with Bears Cares and the Chicago Bears to Help Children’s Hearing Health

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. 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.