Robinson Lions Club is partnering with the Lions of Illinois Foundation to offer free hearing screenings on Friday at the Lions Shelter at Robinson City Park from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Deafness has no respect of age, wealth, or rank and strikes people of all economic, social, and age categories with equal frequency.
To help protect the hearing of the public through an early alert system, to increase public awareness not only of the problems of the death, but also the capabilities of the hearing impaired, the Lions Clubs of Illinois every year sponsor free hearing screenings for persons 18 and older and from ages 10 - 17 with written parental consent.
As part of this program, the Robinson Lions Club is sponsoring a screening from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the City Park Lions Shelter.
Hearing loss is probably the single most common chronic disability in the U.S., occurring nearly four times as often as blindness. There are nearly 720,000 hearing impaired persons in Illinois alone. Of those 106,000 are deaf; and 26,000 were deaf before the age of 19.
Unfortunately, the problem is made worse since the deaf are the least understood of all handicapped populations.
"For many years," said Janis Daugherty, Robinson Lions Club president, "many associated deafness with low intelligence. In fact, deaf and hearing impaired people have IQs equal to those of the hearing population."
"The deaf are just as qualified as the hearing for job opportunities. They should be shown, and deserve every consideration," said Robinson Lions Sight and Sound Bus Chair Karen Pippin.
Hearing loss takes many forms. Some people feel that sound has just been turned down, but others may have trouble understanding various pitches or sounds. The causes also vary widely and there are many medical and mechanical treatments to help people with hearing loss.
The screening will take only a few minutes and persons who fail are referred to hearing professionals for further evaluation and treatment.