Sertoma’s Community Grant is available to National Affiliates for hearing health programs and projects. Grants are available for any amount between $2,500 and $5,000.
The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Hearing and Speech Department was awarded a Sertoma Community Grant in the amount of $5000. This money has been used to create a video about how to use and care for hearing aids. It is a short video (under 10 minutes). It can be downloaded from our website www.childrens-mercy.org , or it can be provided on DVD to our patients and their families.
The purpose of the video is to reinforce the information provided at the initial hearing aid fit appointment. We fit 15-20 children per month with their very first hearing aid(s). Most families are unfamiliar with hearing aids at that point. Having the ability to review the information when needed as many times as needed is helpful to our patients and their caregivers. Often only one parent will attend the appointment with the child. So, having the information available to the other parent as well as grandparents, childcare providers and teachers is very important. The video allows those people to hear the same information instead of placing the burden on the parent to educate others.
Shaylynn Smith (right) was inspired to pursue audiology because of her brother Trevor (left) who has a form of dwarfism and moderate to severe hearing loss. With the help of Sertoma's scholarship, she is now pursuing her degree at Washington University.