A hearing screening is done to separate those with and without possible hearing problems. Hearing screening results may indicate a potential need for further assessment. Partner with hearing care professionals to carry out joint screening events. A hearing screening is not a substitute for a complete ear and hearing evaluation by a doctor.
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. (Lions who have access to a mobile screening unit may wish to reserve it for the screening.)
- 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 ear or hearing problems. Refer these participants for further medical evaluation in collaboration with local hearing care professionals.
Conducting a Hearing Screening
Following 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 the online Service Activity Report, a feature within MyLCI, to report your screening service activity. Reporting allows LCI to measure the global impact Lions are making through service in their communities.