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December 06, 2010

Oak Forest Hospital will provide free hearing screenings to residents of Cook County

December 8 event helps south suburban community residents to detect early hearing loss.



Free Hearing Screenings

Oak Forest Hospital, an affiliate of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), will provide free hearing screenings for Cook County residents on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..
Location: 15900 South Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL.  Audiology Office Suite, H-Building, Room 2400.


Early detection and of hearing loss through free screenings such as the one at Oak Forest allows for early treatment and a better quality of life. 


According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, there is a strong correlation between age and hearing loss. 

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. adults 45-64 years old, and almost half of adults 75 years of age and older have a hearing impairment. 

“Often hearing loss occurs so slowly that many individuals are not aware of the severity of impairment and only one out of five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one,” said Oak Forest’s audiologist Dr. Roger Tharp, AuD, FAAA.


The hearing screenings are offered as a free community service at Oak Forest Hospital located at 15900 South Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest, IL.  Screenings will take place in the hospital’s Audiology Office Suite, H-Building, Room 2400.  Participants should enter the Administration Building, obtain a Visitor’s pass at the Communications Center, and proceed to the screening site.


CCHHS oversees a comprehensive, integrated system of healthcare throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County through its hospitals, ambulatory and community health network clinics, public health department, correctional healthcare facility, and outpatient infectious disease center.


The CCHHS (formerly known as the Cook County Bureau of Health Services) is comprised of:  John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Provident Hospital, Oak Forest Hospital, Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, the Ruth Rothstein CORE Center and the 16 Ambulatory and Community Health Network (ACHN) health centers.


For more, visit the CCHHS online at cookcountyhealth.net.