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Health

Lions Clubs offer free hearing, eye screenings Oct. 16

Hardscrabble Lions Club of Streator will sponsor a free hearing screening from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Streator Family YMCA, 710 Oakley Ave., during the annual Senior Expo.

Hearing loss is among the most common chronic disabilities in the United States, occurring nearly four times as often as blindness, according to a news release from the Lions Club. There are nearly 720,000 hearing impaired persons in Illinois alone. Of these, 106,000 are deaf; 26,000 people were deaf before the age of 19.

“Since protection of our hearing is so important, we hope that the people of our community will take full advantage of the free hearing screenings,” said Mary Sullivan, Lions Club hearing chairwoman. “The screening takes but a few minutes and persons who fail the screening are referred to hearing professionals for further evaluation and treatment.”

The Mobile Hearing Screening activity is conducted through the Lions of Illinois Foundation and is funded primarily from Candy Day, which takes place statewide the second Friday of each October.

For more information about the screening, call Karen Ranger 815-252-2091.

Retinal screening also available

A mobile retinal screening unit also will be on site from 9 a.m. to noon at the Streator Y during the Senior Expo.

Retinal disorders, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, can dramatically affect a person's life, according to a Lions Club news release. Persons age 55 and older are encouraged to participate in the screening for early detection and treatment of retinal issues.

The free eye screenings are sponsored by the Streator Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

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