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JUNEAU - The International Hearing Society has declared Sept. 28 -Oct. 4 as Hearing Aid Awareness Week. This event has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's National Health Information Center and is included in the 2008 National Health Observances Calendar. Started in 1995, Hearing Aid Awareness Week is celebrated throughout the country. Insufficient consumer awareness of state-of-the-art hearing instrument technology and a general tendency to deny the presence of a hearing problem motivated IHS to dedicate this week to public education about the hearing help available to those in need.
The Hearing Center, at 9095 Glacier Highway, Suite 103, is celebrating Hearing Aid Awareness Week by offering free hearing screenings to residents of Juneau during this time.
"Advances in hearing instrument technology allow modern hearing aids to dramatically improve sound recognition capabilities," James Ogurek, IHS president, said. According to Ogurek, only about a fifth of the nation's 31.5 million hearing impaired citizens with a measurable loss that could benefit from hearing aids are currently using amplification. The Hearing Center welcomes anyone who suspects they have a hearing problem to schedule a free hearing screening anytime this week.
The Hearing Center has served Southeast for nearly 20 years and has received numerous industry awards for customer care and professional excellence. As one of the supporters of the So The World May Hear Foundation, they help provide hearing help to needy children and adults around the world.