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Phonak, Hear the World Foundation and Special Olympics California Join Forces to Help Athletes with Hearing Loss
Date:12/13/2013

WARRENVILLE, Ill., Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During the Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games scheduled Dec. 13-15 in Irvine, athletes will receive a very special holiday gift…hearing. Phonak, the global leader in hearing instruments and the Hear the World Foundation have partnered with Special Olympics to help support the hearing needs among athletes.

The Healthy Hearing Screening Program – part of the broader Healthy Athletes initiative sponsored by Special Olympics – is a critical initiative aimed at providing needed hearing healthcare to this medically underserved population. Nearly 30 percent of Special Olympics athletes are found to have hearing loss, but many have not had viable access to hearing healthcare until now.

About Healthy Hearing
During key Special Olympic competitions around the country, athletes undergo an onsite hearing screening as part of the Healthy Hearing program. Nearly one in three Special Olympics athletes in the United States fail a hearing screening. From there, Special Olympics works with hearing healthcare professionals to provide further hearing testing. For those that need hearing solutions, Phonak and the Hear the World Foundation make sure that they receive hearing aids free of charge.  Until now, many have never had their hearing tested or have been unable to afford hearing aids due to a lack of health insurance or access to care in general.

Dr. Judy Montgomery is professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University in Orange, CA. She is a speech language pathologist and has been a Special Olympics Healthy Hearing volunteer for 15 years.

"I have had the pleasure of screening hundreds of Special Olympic athletes both at the World Games and local Southern California games. My fav
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