Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Loyola Teams up with EarQ and Chicago Bears to Help Children's Hearing Health

Loyola audiologists at the EarQ event. From left, Melissa Welch, AuD, Adriana Russ, AuD, Candace Blank, AuD, Brian McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Kyle Raterman, AuD, Stefanie Allen, MS.

Six Loyola University Medical Center audiologists recently teamed up with the Chicago Bears to provide hearing screenings to more than 150 disadvantaged children and their parents.

The Loyola audiologists were members of the “EarQ” team that also included audiologists from three other centers. In addition to offering free screenings, the audiologists answered questions about hearing health and advanced hearing technology.

The audiologists performed screenings during a back-to-school health fair July 27 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. The health fair was sponsored by Bears Care, the Chicago Bears’ charitable organization.

Loyola Audiologists with Staley the Bear

“Maintaining hearing health is especially critical for school children during their developmental years, but is often overlooked,” said Candace Blank, AuD, manager of Loyola Audiology. “Undiagnosed hearing loss, whether temporary due to ear infections or permanent, can be a contributing factor to learning difficulties in the classroom.”

Other Loyola audiologists who participated in the health fair are Melissa Welch, AuD;   Stefanie Allen, MS; Kyle Raterman, AuD;  JoAnn Harano, AuD and graduate student Adriana Russ, MS.

Other hearing centers that participated in the Bears Care health fair are Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center, the Hearing Rehabilitation Center and Waterford Hearing.

More than 36 million Americans have hearing loss, including one in five teenagers, according to recent studies. Untreated, hearing loss can inhibit social interaction and a person’s ability to perform daily activities, which can lead to withdrawal, isolation, depression and an increased risk of heart disease. But only about 20 percent of people with hearing loss use a hearing device.

Loyola Audiology is available on the main campus in Maywood and Loyola centers in Burr Ridge, Homer Glen, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton and Woodridge. 

EarQ strives to revolutionize the hearing healthcare industry through innovative business and marketing practices, national public awareness efforts and advocating for excellence in private patient care. Through its nationwide hearing healthcare locations, EarQ will work to shatter the stereotypes surrounding hearing loss and empower the millions of Americans who suffer from it to take control of their hearing health.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.