2018-19 Sertoma Community Grant Recipient

December 15, 2019

Do you hear what I hear?

Can you recall your earliest memory? Was it hearing your mother’s voice, or feeling someone’s gentle touch rock you to sleep? Our senses help us grasp, experience and make sense of the world in countless ways, and without them, challenges can arise.

Can you recall your earliest memory? Was it hearing your mother’s voice, or feeling someone’s gentle touch rock you to sleep? Our senses help us grasp, experience and make sense of the world in countless ways, and without them, challenges can arise.

Hearing loss in infants remains the number one congenital birth defect in the United States. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s and other serious health conditions. Being able to test infants quickly and accurately is critical to their long-term health and development.

The Providence Speech and Hearing Center (California) found itself in need of portable otoacoustic emissions (OAE) diagnostic equipment used to diagnose hearing loss in men, women, children and infants.

The OAE tests and diagnoses hearing loss by using a soft probe in the ear canal to measure echo sounds emitting from within the ear. The OAE provides an accurate hearing test that allows audiologists to evaluate hearing quickly and effectively.

The cost of a unit, plus related equipment, software and installation costs $4,919, and your generous donations helped pay for this new and life-changing equipment!

Andrew Simone, CEO at Providence, is thrilled to see the positive changes taking place.

“Because of Sertoma’s support, children who have faced hearing loss and communication challenges are thriving. The equipment purchased with Sertoma’s Community Grant has allowed our staff to increase the number of annual patient evaluations by 4,680,” he added. “Sertoma’s support over the last decade has impacted thousands of patients served by Providence Speech and Hearing Center. Please extend our gratitude to Sertoma supporters who may not know how often our patients and their families tell us thank you!”

Kelsey Kerkhove, Au. D, at Providence also explained how she’s used the equipment to make positive strides in improving the lives of her patients.
“The OAE equipment has played a valuable role in identifying and treating infants and children with hearing loss,” she said. “Early diagnosis and intervention is critical for infants with hearing loss and we are grateful for the equipment that Sertoma has provided us.”

Your gifts touch thousands of lives each year and provide hope and healthy hearing. To continue touching lives and creating even more stories like these, please consider making a donation to Sertoma’s Annual Fund by phone at 816-333-8300 or by visiting www.members.sertoma.org/makeagift

If you are interested in helping Sertoma create even more stories like this one, please make a donation to Sertoma’s Annual Fund! You have the power to give even more children the gift of sound by making a donation online.


1 Comment

  • Frances Owens says:

    Thank you very much for your support of Anchor Center! You are truly changing the lives of so many young children and their families and helping to lay a solid foundation for a bright future!

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