Monday, March 2, 2015
School Screenings Battle Hearing Loss in Children
For Sarah Igoe the battle against hearing loss in children started in 1997 when she became an employee at the Center for Hearing & Speech. Conducting school screenings for hearing loss and vision problems all over the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, Sarah visits private schools, pre-schools, public schools, parochial schools and Head Starts.
Sarah says, “The best part of the job is getting to be with all sorts of different people. I love the people I work with, and I love going into the schools and being with the kids and meeting the school nurses. Working with people brings something new every day, and makes every day a sort of adventure. It keeps me on my toes!”
In addition to the school screenings, Sarah also attends several health fairs each year. The Pro Sports Health Fair sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and Blues each summer is one of her favorite events, but she also loves to participate in the annual free clinic day at the Center coming up on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (If you are interested in this free event please go to http://www.hearing-speechstlouis.org/FreeClinicDay.php for more information.)
Sarah began her career at the Center after spending 18 years at home raising four wonderful boys. When her oldest child started college and her youngest was in 1st grade, Sarah figured she was going to start having more free time on her hands as her boys grew up. The school screener position seemed like a perfect fit since she would only be working during the school calendar year and school hours. This way she would still have time to raise the three kids she had living at home.
Now that her four sons have grown up, Sarah and Jon (her husband of 37 years) have plenty of free time to read, bike, walk their dog Gracie and play with their two grandchildren. (She has another grandchild on the way in May, and is excited about the new addition to the family.) Sarah is proud to say her sons turned out to be a lawyer, a dentist, a nurse and a monk.
Sarah has been the coordinator of the School Screening Program since 2010, and she hopes to continue identifying hearing loss in children for a long time to come.
Want to join her fight?
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that in 2013 provided $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis.
It is a proud member of the United Way and in October was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award.
The award is given to businesses and charities that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.