Alderbrook Village will be host to free hearing screenings by Midwest Hearing Aids on Nov. 15.

Licensed specialist Angela Logsdon, of Midwest Hearing Aids, also will be scheduling follow-up appointments.

The screenings will take from 10 to 15 minutes and they are open to anyone. To participate, call (620) 442-4400 to register.

“Over 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, with 18 million being younger than 65 years old,” said Dr. April McCaslin, director of audiology at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

April McCaslin
McCaslin

“Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by lawn/farm equipment, concerts, sporting events, firework shows, hair dryers, firearms and alarm clocks. A single exposure to excessive noise can also cause permanent hearing loss.”

Hearing loss can be detected at birth, but hearing loss due to noise can start early in life.

“(About) 1.1 billion people are at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe personal use of portable music devices,” McCaslin said.

“Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis.”

McCaslin said preserving hearing can have an important impact on the mind, too.

“One of the surprising things about hearing loss that we now know through recent research from Johns Hopkins is how untreated hearing loss is correlated with increased cognitive decline,” she said.

“So when extra measures are implemented to protect our hearing from hazardous noise, we are in essence protecting our future brain health, as well.”

Alderbrook Village is located at 402 E. Windsor Road.

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