On Oct. 21, a dream team assembled at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., when health organizations like
Team Smile trekked to the sports complex to provide free health screenings at an NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle event.
For the second year, Boys Town Audiology joined with other EarQ audiologists to conduct hearing screenings for hundreds of children. This year’s representatives were
Kathy Beauchaine, M.A., CCC-A;
Leisha Eiten, Au. D., CCC-A and Katie Soltys, M.A.
“It is important to be able to identify medical ear problems that might need treatment, as well as identify children with milder types of hearing loss that have not have been recognized yet,” said Eiten. “The goal is to get children referred on for more in-depth testing when a problem is identified.”
This event provided an outlet for education about each child’s hearing ability, as well as how it can be protected. Eiten says that hearing screenings are good opportunities to talk with children about noise protection.
Though the event was focused on preventive health and education, there were plenty of fun things for all who attended. At the audiology station, each kid got to see the inside of his or her ear canal using video-otoscopy equipment. And everyone was excited to meet the football players and cheerleaders who came to support the event and the organization’s push for healthy lifestyles.