May 1, 2009

UAMS Offers Free Hearing Screenings on May 14, 28

LITTLE ROCK – Free hearing screenings will be offered by appointment from 8:30-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. May 14 and 28 in the Audiology Clinic at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Please call the clinic, on the 3rd floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, at 501-686-5940 to schedule an appointment.

Free parking is available in the Parking 3 parking deck at the intersection of West Capitol Avenue and Jack Stephens Drive. The free screenings are being offered in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month in May.

About 28 million people in the United States have hearing loss. Reasons to have your hearing screened:

• You are having difficulty hearing in groups or noisy situations
• You are missing sounds you once enjoyed (music, birds chirping, etc.)
• You are having difficulty hearing female voices and/or children’s voices
• You feel like people mumble or fail to speak clearly
• You can hear but don’t understand conversation
• Difficulty hearing on the telephone

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.