The Farmington Lions Club has provided Farmington Area Public Schools with a grant for $3,639 to purchase a portable Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening device to be used during initial referrals for special education or anytime there may be a concern about a child’s hearing. OAE hearing screening is conducted with a portable unit connected to a small earphone or “probe.” Placed in the child’s ear, the probe delivers a series of quiet sounds that travel through the ear canal and the small bones in the middle ear to reach the inner ear (cochlea). The OAE screening can be conducted in classrooms, homes, or health care settings. It can even be done while a child is playing quietly or sleeping. If a child does not pass the OAE screening, then further evaluation by a healthcare provider or audiologist is needed to determine the cause of the problem and the appropriate intervention.
Thank you to the Farmington Lions Club for this generous grant; special thanks to Jenny Carlson, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, for taking the initiative and time to write this grant and to John Frank, Lion’s Club member, for championing the grant as it was presented to the club.