Wednesday, May 6, 2015

St. Louis Christmas Carols Association Donates $1,000 To Support Center’s School Screening Program

St. Louis Christmas Carols Association has awarded the Center $1,100 to support the Center’s School Screening Program. The funding will enable Center to purchase supplies used for conducting hearing exams for young children, such as an audiometer and ear tips for a tympanometer.

“This award enables us to purchase much-needed field equipment so that our technicians can get into these schools to help those children who may be at risk of having undetected communication disorders,” said Rita Tintera, Center executive director. “With these tools, we can identify if a child has a hearing problem.”

The St. Louis Christmas Carols Association (SLCCA) has been bringing the message of joy and goodwill to neighborhoods by caroling during the holiday season for more than 100 years, while financially supporting the work of Metro St. Louis area agencies serving children with the contributions SLCCA receives.

The Center’s School Screening Program offers hearing, tympanometry and vision screenings for children at area elementary schools, daycare facilities and Head Start programs. Hearing and vision loss are often described as “invisible handicaps,” causing problems that are not easily detected but can be devastating to children as they develop.

These hearing and vision screenings identify problems that are among the most treatable health issues affecting young children. Hearing screenings are performed with portable audiometers and headsets. A child hears a series of beeps to which he/she responds by raising a hand. Tympanometry is performed to detect middle ear problems such as ear infections or fluid behind the eardrum. Vision screenings are done with the latest Haag-Streit Stimuli Advanced Acuity System.

The Center provides follow up information, referral resources and a caring and competent staff to inform parents and guardians about their child’s health needs. The families of children who do not pass a screening receive referral information and details about the importance of follow-up care as well as a phone call from the Center’s staff to answer any questions. If hearing loss and/or vision problems are detected, parents have the opportunity to act early and receive treatment to address the problem and prevent a potentially long-term, negative impact upon the child’s development.

The School Screening Program has been very successful, steadily growing since its inception in 1969. The Center continues to seek new ways to cost-effectively partner with other organizations and increase the number of children screened every year. In 2014, school screening technicians served a record 14,156 area children, the highest number helped in the programs’s 45 year history!

If you are interested in having the School Screening Program come to your school, call the Center at 314-968-4710 for more information. Screenings cost $7 per child, and financial assistance is available for a limited number of schools each year.

For more information on the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, visit their website at or call them directly at 314-863-1225. 

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech-language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award. The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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