SOMC Rehab Department to host free hearing screening on May 25

In honor of May being Better Hearing and Speech Month,Southern Ohio Medical Center is hosting a free hearing screening on May 25 in the Rehab Department of the SOMC LIFE Center.

SOMC Audiologist Kristie Thacker is encouraging the public to attend even if they don’t think they have a hearing problem. Screenings can help uncover problems before they become obvious.

“Whether you think you’re experience hearing loss or not, it’s a good idea to come to screenings like this,” Thacker said. “A lot of people have hearing loss and really don’t do anything about it. It happens gradually, so they may not even notice it right away.”

It is also a good idea to have children tested, especially if parents are concerned that their child isn’t talking. SOMC will also have speech therapists at the event.

An estimated 28 million Americans live with hearing loss that can be treated. Audiologists can prescribe hearing aids and assistancelistening devices. They can also teach people with hearing loss how to concentrate on hearing all sounds.

“Even a very slight hearing loss can have an impact on your daily life,” Rehabilitation Center Director Kevin Stimpert said. “Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life.”

In addition to services for those with difficulty hearing the SOMC Speech and Hearing Center offers a wide range of Speech-Language therapy services.

“Our Speech-Language Pathologists offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders,” Stimpert said. “Services are provided to children and adults for communication problems due to stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, radiation treatments or neurological diseases, delayed speech and language development, difficulty saying particular sounds, stuttering, voice problems and swallowing difficulty.”

For more information, or to schedule an appointment for the free hearing screening, contact the SOMC LIFE Center’s Rehab Department at 740-356-7554.