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Hearing screening at Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic

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Free hearing screenings offered to Athens community and Ohio University Students

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 20 percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss. The College of Health Sciences and Professions' Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic, located on the first floor of Grover Center, offers free hearing screenings throughout the school year for Ohio University students and community members to see if they are a part of that 20 percent.

The hearing screenings for students and community members are offered on different occasions throughout the semester. The student screenings are offered on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 from 12-3 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 13 from 12-3 p.m. Community screenings are offered on Oct. 23 and Nov. 20 from 1-3 p.m. to those who are 18 years of age or older.

No appointment is required and individuals taking advantage of the screenings receive their results right away. The process consists of a 10-minute screening with a pass/fail criteria at a limited number of frequencies. Participants who happen to fail the screening should take further action.

Megan Presley, a Doctor of Audiology candidate at Ohio University, also serves as the Marketing Graduate Assistant for the clinic. Megan’s job is to make people aware of the importance of hearing screenings.

“We live in a very loud world. From movie theaters, to concerts, to Beats headphones, and even being uptown on a Friday or Saturday night—we are often exposed to very loud sounds in our daily life and our hearing is at risk,” said Presley. “You’re supposed to have your hearing assessed annually, but often times it is pushed aside for other health concerns. So why not take advantage of a free screening to get an idea of where your hearing health stands today?”  

The screenings are carried out by speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students under the supervision of Clinical Supervisor Kristi Kinnard. They are open to the public and to students on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic, visit their website.