Hear and Say’s ‘Hear to Learn’ school hearing screening program celebrated a milestone while in Logan last month, screening their 200th school in Queensland when they visited John Paul College.
The ‘Hear to Learn’ school hearing screening program has screened children at about 20% of Queensland’s primary schools and has found that about a quarter of students screened have a hearing issue on the day of screening.
This means students may not be hearing at their optimum in the classroom; and if they can’t hear, they can’t learn.
Hear and Say CEO Chris McCarthy said screening results in Logan so far have identified a significant number of children with hearing difficulties who can now receive support.
“Logan’s hearing screening fail rate among students is 6% higher than the overall average, with 31% of students failing on the day of screening. We’ve screened about half of all Logan schools through the ‘Hear to Learn’ program and we’re now calling on all Logan families, teachers and principals to make ‘Hear to Learn’ an annual priority for their school,” Mr McCarthy said.
The Logan students that have been identified with hearing issues through the screening program are now being supported via their local GP or through Hear and Say.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith commended Hear and Say on launching school hearing screening in Queensland and is calling on all Logan schools to sign up to have ‘Hear to Learn’ visit their school.
“The ‘Hear to Learn’ program is an important service available to Logan schools. I want to encourage every school to become involved as to the first step in ensuring students can hear in the classroom and are getting the most out of their education.
“Hearing health and learning clearly go hand in hand, with the help of Hear and Say we can help all Logan students to get the best start in the classroom,” Mayor Smith said.
The ‘Hear to Learn’ program is targeting Kindy, Prep and Year One students, however, children of all ages can benefit from regular hearing screening.
To find out more about the program and to book your school for a ‘Hear to Learn’ hearing screen contact Hear and Say on 07 3850 2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.