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Free hearing exams for women offered May 14-18

May 2, 2012

Staff Report

Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinic is joining the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in celebrating National Women’s Health Week by offering free hearing examinations May 14-18 for women in the community.

National Women’s Health Week is a nationwide initiative that calls attention to the importance of women’s health. The theme for National Women’s Health Week 2012 is “It’s Your Time.”

During the week, families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals come together to raise awareness about women’s health issues and educate women about simple steps they can take for a longer, healthier and happier life.

Unaddressed hearing loss is one of the most unrecognized health issues in America today,” said Donald R. Kleindl II, BC-HIS, ACA, MCAP, director of Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics. “Yet, hearing health affects virtually every aspect of a woman’s life. It affects her quality of life and well-being; along with how well she is able to communicate with others. It also affects how well she is able to communicate with her health care providers regarding other health issues that she may face.”

Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a range of physical and emotional conditions, including irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, social rejection and loneliness, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety, impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced job performance and earning power, and diminished psychological and overall health.

National Women’s Health Week is important because it encourages women to take time for their health,” said Sheree R. Anderson MA,CCC-A., audiologist at Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics. “Women are often the caregivers for their families, and as a result forget to make their own health a priority. With National Women’s Health Week, we can remind women that regularly scheduled hearing evaluations are an important part of a woman’s overall health. We encourage all women to visit their local hearing specialist to make certain their screenings are up to date.”

Sergei Kochkin, BHI’s executive director, added: “Women assume many important roles in our society. How well they hear affects how well they can communicate and manage their many responsibilities. Unaddressed hearing loss only adds to a woman’s stress and fatigue because it requires so much effort to listen to what someone is saying.

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and will be celebrated until May 19. In addition, the WOMAN Challenge, an eight-week online physical activity and nutritional program will be offered.

For more about National Woman’s Health Week, visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw. To schedule a free hearing examination, contact one of two local Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics — at 1415 E. State St., Suite A1, Rockford, (815) 964-3131, and at the corner of Riverside and Mulford roads at 3957 N. Mulford Road, Suite B, Rockford, (815) 637-1777.

From the May 2-8, 2012, issue

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