Offerings Of Hearing Aids, Hearing Aid Collection & Hearing Loss Education
“I didn’t know that!” That’s the phrase Sharon Beller, Carson Valley Sertoma member, heard most often at the Senior Health Fair last month. Beller, was spreading the word that hearing damage today can last a lifetime and there are ways to prevent injury now for better hearing later in life. With a table of information about “SAFEEars!,” Sertoma’s hearing loss prevention educational series and Sertoma’s hearing aid donation and distribution program, she let people know that Carson Valley Sertoma does more than run Bingo games.
Worldwide, Sertoma’s mission is to improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support. Speech and hearing loss education and hearing aid distribution programs are important and Nevada is one of only three states that does not have a mandated speech and hearing program. Only 10 percent of Nevada’s children with hearing deficits and their parents learn sign language, putting them at risk for educational problems.
UNR has a noted audiology program and WNC has its Deaf Studies program, but they can serve only a small portion of Nevada’s deaf population. The information is available at all Sertoma events, including Bingo, on the first Sunday of the month, on the Sertoma website (www.sertoma.org) and from any Carson Valley Sertoma member.
Source: Carson Valley Times
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