As part of National Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, the Center for Hearing & Speech will provide free hearing, speech and vision screenings for children and free hearing screenings for adults on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
The screenings are part of the annual “Free Clinic Day” at the Center, located at 9835 Manchester Road in Rock Hill. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 314-737-5091. Licensed, certified clinicians will conduct the screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States; approximately 260,000 people in the St. Louis area have some type of hearing deficit. During National Better Hearing and Speech Month, efforts are made to draw attention to the more than 28 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss, a number expected to double by 2030.
More than 40 million Americans suffer from communication disorders of any kind, constituting the nation’s No. 1 disability. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (1998), children from low-income families had greater high-frequency hearing loss (16.3 percent) than children from middle-income families (12.7 percent) or children from high-income families (7.9 percent).
Between 8 and 9 percent of young children suffer from speech disorders. Additionally, a growing number of teens and kids are damaging their hearing by prolonged exposure to loud noise such as music, video games or noisy environments including concerts, sporting events, fireworks displays and auto races.
“While it is never too late to seek help, treatment is most successful, less expensive and most expedient when a parent or loved one is able to pick up on the earliest signs of these disorders,” says Dr. Rebecca Frazier, chief audiologist for the Center for Hearing & Speech. Parents can familiarize themselves with the signs by visiting www.IdentifytheSigns.org.
In a promotion recognizing National Better Hearing and Speech Month, Waterway Car Wash’s (www.waterway.com) seven St. Louis area locations will be asking customers if they wish to donate to the Center for Hearing & Speech by adding $1 or more to the cost of their car wash.
Founded as the League for the Hard of Hearing in 1920, the Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization and a proud member of the United Way, which provides major funding. The Center for Hearing & Speech continuously strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to audiology and speech in the St. Louis region.
The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat and help St. Louisans with communication disorders by offering speech/language and audiology services to children and adults, regardless of whether they have insurance and/or financial resources to afford such care. For additional information, call 314-968-4710 or visit www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.cost