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Free hearing screenings to be conducted May 8 at Dover

FPS staff report

Union Hospital and several local ear, nose, and throat physicians will be offering free hearing screening tests on May 8. 

The event will be held at the offices of Dr. Kurt Garren, Dr. Melanie Pence, and Dr. Nicholas Groch at 400 Medical Park Drive on the UH campus in Dover.  Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Pam Dummermuth, community health and wellness coordinator at Union Hospital, says audiologists from the office will conduct the hearing screenings to help identify those at risk for hearing loss.

“May is National Speech and Hearing Month and a great time to pay attention to the important issue of preserving our sense of hearing,” Dummermuth said. 

To schedule a free hearing screening, make an appointment on line at the web site on the Health Events calendar or by calling the hospital’s community relations office at (330) 602-0778.

Dummermuth says hearing loss may occur suddenly or take place over a long period of time.  Depending on the cause, hearing loss can range from mild to severe and can be temporary or permanent. Hearing loss is also known as hearing impairment, which includes being born without hearing (congenital hearing loss).  

Gradual hearing loss affects people of all ages and is especially common in older adults. Hearing loss interferes with social interaction in 25 percent of people age 65 to 74 and half of everybody over the age of 75, according to Dummermuth.

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