Team Smile and the Kansas City Chiefs Host Community Health Event that Included Hearing Screenings from EarQ

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EarQ members performed hearing screenings and discussed the importance of maintaining hearing health with members of the Kansas City, MO community, including children.

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Receiving a professional hearing screening is the first step on an incredible journey to reconnect with the world.

A community known for its noise recently learned the importance of healthy hearing.

On October 22nd at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO, members of the EarQ team, including several of its hearing healthcare providers, participated in a community health event alongside representatives from the Kansas City Chiefs and Team Smile to provide under-served children from the area with dental and hearing care. The EarQ team performed hearing screenings and answered any questions that the children and their parents had about hearing loss or today’s advanced hearing devices.

This event marked the seventh time that Team Smile and the Kansas City Chiefs teamed up to provide healthcare opportunities to members of the community. As sponsored by United Way, this year’s event was part of the Hometown Huddle series.

Performing the hearing screenings were professionals from Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center in Palos Hills, IL and F. Parker Thornton, MD LLC in Shawnee Mission, KS.

“Hearing better is a life-changing experience,” said Ed Keller, president of EarQ. “Receiving a professional hearing screening is the first step on an incredible journey to reconnect with the world and experience life in the fullest way possible.”

EarQ’s appearance in Kansas City was timely, as fans at Arrowhead Stadium recently broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise at an outdoor sports stadium on October 13th. Measuring 137.5 decibels, nearly 80,000 people were exposed to a noise level that, with prolonged exposure, could result in permanent hearing damage.

More than 36 million Americans live with hearing loss. Recent studies have shown that one in five teenagers has hearing loss, as well as 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Left untreated, hearing loss can inhibit social interaction and a person’s ability to perform daily activities, which can lead to withdrawal, isolation, depression and increased instance of heart disease. Yet, only about 20 percent of people with hearing loss make the decision to find hearing solutions.


About EarQ:

EarQ strives to revolutionize the hearing healthcare industry through innovative business and marketing practices, national public awareness efforts and advocating for excellence in private patient care. Through its nationwide hearing healthcare locations, EarQ will work to shatter the stereotypes surrounding hearing loss and empower the millions of Americans who suffer from it to take control of their hearing health.
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