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September 23, 2010

SIU Med School Offers Free Hearing Screenings

Audiologists from the Hearing and Balance Center at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are offering free hearing screenings in October.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 36 million or 17 percent of Americans have some degree of hearing loss, making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.

The free screenings will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 14, and Tuesday, October 19, at the SIU ENT and Audiology Clinic, located at St. John’s Pavilion, 301 N. 8th St., 5th floor.  Call Bobbie at 217-545-7124 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to register or register online at

“Even mild hearing loss can have social and safety implications,” said Kendra Watts, an audiologist and director of the SIU HealthCare Center for Hearing and Balance.  “We’re hoping this free screening will encourage people to get tested and seek appropriate help if necessary.  Hearing aids have advanced on many levels in recent years and no one should have to live with hearing loss.”

Each screening will take 15 minutes to complete and each participant will receive written feedback to share with their primary care physician.  An exhibit featuring the latest hearing aid technology and information will be on display.

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