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Sertoma Foundation Mobile Audiology Van Visits Playcare Early Learning Center

Sertoma Foundation Mobile Audiology Van Visits Playcare Early Learning Center

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on July 28, 2020

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc. held a Hearing Screening for children attending Playcare Early Learning Center in Inverness on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The Inverness Sertoma Club is an annual supporter of the foundation and mobile van.

Sertoma Foundation Mobile Audiology Van Visits Playcare Early Learning Center

The Sertoma mobile audiology van provides pediatric hearing screenings and evaluations along with fitting and dispensing hearing aids. The foundation’s focus is rural and under-served communities. In 2019 the Foundation screened over 23,000 children and 200 adults.
 
The Sertoma Foundation is a part of the Coalition for Spoken Language Options that provides listening and spoken language intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Partnering with the Foundation is the Clarke School for Hearing & Speech and the University of Miami-The Debbie School that provides early intervention and speech therapy with an educational component via center-based and itinerant services. 

“This mobile audiology van project was made possible through the dedicated efforts of local legislators and Sertoma Club funders. Private matching funds cover one hundred percent of the cost of the van itself. The audiologist and other professional staffing are financially supported by the Department of Health funding, Sertoma clubs throughout Florida, and matching grants,” noted Sertoma Foundation Executive Director Debra Golinski.
 
Hearing Loss is the most common anomaly uncovered in newborn screenings. Early detection and intervention is key for an infant to have the opportunity to access early intervention services including access to speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. 
     
The mission of the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation is to enhance individual potential and quality of life through better hearing. For more information on this event contact; Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc., (727) 312-3881 or www.familyhearinghelp.org.

For more information about this program or how to become a member of Inverness Sertoma Club contact Cynthia Oswald at [email protected] .

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