As part of Oswego Health’s celebration of May is Healthcare Month, the health system’s new audiologist, Dr. Karah Gottschalk, will be offering free hearing screenings.
The screenings are being offered to those concerned about their hearing, who are not currently wearing hearing aids or have not been diagnosed with a hearing loss.
The month of May is also celebrated as Better Hearing and Speech Month.
The free screenings will be available to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 22 at Oswego Hospital.
An appointment is necessary and community members can call 349-5828 to make the necessary arrangements.
Those taking advantage of the screenings should report to the main lobby of Oswego Hospital about 10 minutes before their scheduled appointment.
Dr. Gottschalk encourages members of the community to educate themselves on how to recognize the early signs of hearing problems and their treatment by visiting: http://identifythe signs.org
The site is maintained by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
“As an ASHA member and certified audiologist, I see patients every day who are benefitting enormously from treatment,” said Dr. Gottschalk. “Unfortunately, a large majority of them have needlessly suffered by waiting far too long to seek help, which is why the Identify the Signs campaign is so important. I suggest residents familiarize themselves with the signs and seek a hearing assessment from an audiologist if they have a question about their hearing or a loved one’s hearing. Treatment is often easier and more effective than people think.”
Left untreated, hearing loss in children can have a negative impact on their speech and language development, communication and learning.
This can impact social success, academic development, and future vocational choices.
In adults, untreated hearing loss is tied to social isolation, depression, early exit from the workforce, and an overall reduced quality of life.
New research also has found a strong link between degree of hearing loss and risk of developing dementia.
Dr. Gottschalk earned her doctor of audiology degree at the University of Louisville and completed her residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.
She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Throughout her schooling, she took part in extensive training in all aspects of audiology, allowing her to offer comprehensive hearing and balance services.