Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
John Tracy Clinic, Southern California’s leading diagnostic and education center for children with—or at risk of—hearing loss, successfully piloted a project to screen the hearing of toddlers and preschool children in day care centers and preschools in Koreatown. The project, organized in collaboration with the Koreatown Youth and Community Center, was funded by a grant from Best Start Metro L.A. JTC has conducted community hearing screening for nearly 50 years, and is the largest provider of screenings in Southern California that delivers testing at locations in the community.
“Our Community Hearing Screening Program fills a critical gap in access to healthcare,” says JTC President and CEO Gaston Kent. “The program screens hearing in more than 20,000 children from infancy to age 5 throughout Southern California.”
The project was organized in collaboration with the Koreatown Youth and Community Center. “We are proud to join forces with John Tracy Clinic,” says Johng Ho Song, executive director of the Koreatown Youth and Community Center. “Thanks to this partnership, we are bringing world-class prevention and care to the children in our community.”
JTC provides hearing tests for children age 5 and younger at preschools and daycare centers throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties. This is the first time the organization has focused exclusively on the Koreatown area. John Tracy Clinic also provides comprehensive audiological and education services for families with young children with permanent hearing loss, including parent-infant and preschool services, parent education and a master’s and credential program in deaf education.
The purpose of hearing screening is to monitor hearing health and detect temporary or permanent hearing loss that can lead to learning, social and developmental delays. The program offers materials in English, Spanish and Korean for parents and preschool personnel. Families with children identified for further testing are directed to John Tracy Clinic’s state-of-the-art pediatric audiology center for follow-up and referral.
“I am so excited to be part this wonderful project for our community,” says Koreatown resident Huikeun Kim, a registered nurse and JTC-trained audiometrist who is fluent in English and Korean. “Children with good hearing health speak more clearly and do better in school,” she adds.
John Tracy Clinic was founded in 1943 by Louise and Spencer Tracy, whose son, John, was born deaf. The mission is to provide parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss locally and globally offering hope, guidance and encouragement. JTC is the world’s largest private provider of services to newborns and young children with—or at risk for—hearing loss. JTC is the only institution in Southern California to provide audiological, developmental and educational services for children with hearing loss in children from birth through age 5 and their parents. JTC has the leading pediatric audiologists on staff and offers hearing tests for young children. In addition, the organization offers information and guidance to parents in all 50 states and more than 60 countries through distance education. JTC provides exclusively spoken-language programs so that hearing-impaired children become prepared for mainstream classrooms. Studies consistently show that when children receive hearing aids or cochlear implants and participate in early intervention programs, such as those offered by John Tracy Clinic, they can develop communication at the same rate as their hearing peers. Also, JTC offers an accredited master’s and credential program in partnership with the University of San Diego to help meet the national demand for auditory/oral teachers of the deaf. JTC serves 25,000 families per year.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.jtc.org or contact Blythe Maling, Vice President of Development and Communications, John Tracy Clinic, 806 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, (213) 748-5481, ext. 229 or bmaling(at)jtc(dot)org.