A hearing screening identifies possible hearing loss. Partner with hearing care professionals to carry out joint screening events and establish a referral network for those needing additional assessment.
Organizing a Hearing Screening
- Arrange for medical personnel and equipment. Government health departments, universities, hospitals, or private physicians often agree to perform free or low cost public screenings.
- Obtain legal clearance/permits from local authorities. Adhere to the appropriate healthcare laws and regulations for your jurisdiction when conducting health screenings.
- Select a date for the screening. This date should not conflict with other community events.
- Secure a location for the screening. Schools, libraries, houses or worship, community centers or homes for the elderly are among possible locations.
- Provide advance publicity. Use social media and other communication channels to notify the public about the date and location of the screening.
- Stay in touch with community partners. (medical professionals, manager of screening location, volunteers, etc.)
- Develop procedures to refer participants whose screening results may indicate the possibility of hearing loss. Refer these participants for further medical evaluation in collaboration with local hearing care professionals.
Conducting a Hearing Screening
- Organize and set up the screening room.
- Provide free transportation for persons who lack access.
- Assist with record-keeping functions.
- Distribute professional hearing and ear health publications. (See links to organizations below.)
- Provide other assistance to hearing professionals during the screening process in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Follow Up After the Screening
- Refer participants whose screening indicates a need for further medical evaluation.
- Send letters of appreciation to persons involved in the screening.
- Provide publicity after your screening. Let your community know about the details of your event, including the number of persons who benefited from the free public screening. Use social media to highlight your event and issue a press release or other community announcement.
- Use MyLCI to report your screening service activity. Reporting allows LCI to measure the global impact Lions are making through service in their communities.