Most athletes’ hearing problems are previously undetected, un-served or under-treated. Hearing loss negatively impacts communication ability, quality of life, social interactions and health. Healthy Hearing screenings have found that a large percentage of Special Olympics athletes in the U.S. have untreated ear and hearing conditions.
• 42% have blocked or partially blocked ear
• 28% failed Puretone hearing
• 8% have permanent hearing loss
Purpose of the Healthy Hearing screening and goals:
-Increase access to hearing care for Special Olympics athletes, as well as all individuals with intellectual disabilities.
-Identify permanent hearing loss and provide referral for follow-up care.
-Identify medical issues causing hearing loss and refer to the appropriate medical professional for follow-up.
-Raise audiologists’ awareness of the hearing concerns of people with special needs, including the difficulties involved in diagnosing and accessing treatment options.
-Provide educational and clinical opportunities for students training in the field of Speech
Language Pathology and Audiology.
Any athlete with a current medical and consent form with SOWI can attend. Athletes do not have to be competing in the tournament to participate in Healthy Athletes!