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Medical Edge: Hearing Screenings

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and both Wednesday and Thursday health care providers at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center have free help if you'd like to learn more about hearing loss.
 
Quite often when a person is hard of hearing or  losing hearing it' s other people around them that notice a few things.  So if you've noticed that about someone you can get free screening for your hearing.

Meredith Baum tells Local 12's Liz Bonis, "We are going to be doing free hearing screenings that will be able to detect early signs of hearing loss,  to see if a full hearing test is needed."

What that means is that you will be given a series of tones to listen to at one intensity level and a couple different frequencies.  Meredith Baum, an audiologist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, says there are certain patients who may be good candidates to consider this type of testing.

"Patients who maybe notice that they are not hearing so well on background noise or not even hearing the tv as well," Baum said.

That means if you are outside with other sounds and you often have to ask people to repeat themselves, this testing is for you.  Or if in places such as church or the theater and it's difficult for you to make out what people are saying from the stage or platform, you may benefit from this type of initial hearing screening. 

If there is hearing loss?

Baum said, "We can talk about hearing aids of course, or if we see any type of medical problem we can refer you to one of our Otolgists."

You do need to call and make an appointment, again this will be going on for the next couple of days.  CLICK HERE for the details you need to know.

To reserve a screening spot in either Clifton or West Chester  you can call 513-475-8400. The screenings are Wednesday and Thursday between 8a.m. and 4p.m.



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