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"We created the Hear the Music Project to target populations where hearing loss is common of often goes undetected - among veterans, senior citizens, and underserved children."
DALLAS, TX, February 27, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Do you find it difficult to keep up with conversation in noisy restaurants? Do you crank up the volume on the television? Do you listen to music with ear-buds? Most of us, or someone we know, answers yes to at least one of these questions. Millions of Americans struggle with hearing loss and most do nothing about it. Songs for Sound, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people living with hearing loss, is here to help. Their Hear the Music project travels through Texas in March offering free hearing health services to encourage people to do something about hearing loss.
The Hear the Music Project brings a mobile hearing health exhibit to community sites throughout the nation, providing free hearing tests, hearing protection, and resources to connect you with today's hearing solutions. You can find an audiologist, book an appointment and demo hearing aids, cochlear implants and captioning telephones in just minutes aboard the clinic. Industry leaders Cochlear Americas, CapTel, and Phonak sponsor the project.
Songs for Sound has been helping people with hearing loss access sound since 2010. Jaime Vernon founded the charity after her daughter, Lexi, was born deaf and received the life-changing ability to hear through cochlear implants at 19-months old.
"After years of raising awareness and helping families navigate what can be a frustrating and cost-prohibitive hearing health system, we realized we need to do more to reach the people who need our help," says Vernon. "We created the Hear the Music Project to target populations where hearing loss is common of often goes undetected - among veterans, senior citizens, and underserved children."
During seven months of targeted outreach spanning July 2016-January 2017, the Hear the Music Project:
- gave 4036 free hearing tests;
- gave over 15,000 pairs of hearing protection;
- identified hearing loss in 67% of visitors overall (43% referred). This includes 85% of veterans, 67% of senior citizens, and 41% of children.
"There are many options available today to restore sound and assist with communication for people of all hearing levels. We encourage everyone to consider their choices and understand the benefits of improved hearing so they can make the best decision for their lifestyle," says Vernon.
The Hear the Music Project will serve the following community sites in Texas over the next month:
Feb. 27-28 Town North Family YMCA 8am-2pm
March 1 Town North Family YMCA Escuelita 2:30pm-7pm
March 2 Greater Dallas Veterans Job Fair 11am-3pm
March 3 North Texas Irish Festival 6pm-11pm
March 4 North Texas Irish Festival 10:30am-11:30pm
March 5 North Texas Irish Festival 11:30am-7:30pm
March 6 North Fort Worth Boys & Girls Club 3:30pm-7pm
March 7-8 Ryan Family YMCA 8am-2pm
March 9 ER Van Zandt Southwest YMCA 8am-2pm
March 10 Northwest YMCA 7am-2pm
March 13 Dickson Place Senior Community 9am-3pm
March 14-18 SXSW Music Festival TBA
March 21 Antioch Sports Complex & Community Center 8am-2pm
March 22 Davis-Scott Family YMCA 7am-2pm
March 23 Y Living Center 8-11:30am, 5-8:30pm
March 24 Westside Family YMCA 7am-2pm
March 25 5th Annual VIVA! SA Race TBA
March 27-28 Boerne YMCA 8am-2pm
After Texas, the project heads to Arizona, Colorado & Oklahoma before returning to Tennessee for June & July. For all tour dates, to book the Hear the Music Project, for more information or to support Songs for Sound's mission and the hearing loss community, visit http://songsforsound.com/.
About Songs for Sound:
Songs for Sound is a Nashville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring sound to enrich the lives of the 360 million worldwide struggling with hearing loss. Songs for Sound believes all people have the right to choose how they hear and communicate. The charity serves as a voice for children, veterans and senior citizens with hearing loss, provides education on hearing loss solutions, raises funds for individuals and families with hearing loss, and lobbies for legislation that makes solutions more affordable and accessible.
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