The Rockford Evening Lions will sponsor a free hearing screening from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7, at Edgebrook Center, 1639 N. Alpine Rd., Rockford. Any person younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hearing loss is probably the single most common chronic disability in the United States. There are nearly 720,000 hearing-impaired people in Illinois alone. Of these, 106,000 are deaf, and 26,000 of these were deaf before age 19.
Deafness and hearing impairment is a preventable disability, said Craig Dyer, club president. This disability can take many forms. In some, the problem is simply that sounds appear turned down. Other individuals with hearing impairment may have trouble understanding various pitches or tones. The causes can vary a lot, but there are many medical and mechanical treatments to help people with hearing loss. Since protection of our hearing is so important, the Rockford Evening Lions hope that the people of the Rockford area will take full advantage of this free hearing screening. The screening will take only a few minutes, and persons who fail the screening will be referred to hearing professionals for further evaluation.
The Mobile Hearing Screening event is conducted through cooperation of the Lions of Illinois Foundation, the charitable arm of the states more than 700 Lions Clubs, and is funded primarily from the Lions Candy Day, held statewide the second Friday of every October.
For more information, contact Rockford Evening Lions Publicity Chairman Cara Freund at 966-8069.
From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue