Implementation of a Hearing Loss Prevention Program in a School Setting Founded in 1942, the Constance Brown Hearing Centers (CBHC) in Kalamazoo, MI, is a nonprofit organization working to prevent, identify, evaluate, and rehabilitate problems caused by hearing disorders. Educating the public about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is of the utmost importance, and an essential part of the mission of ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2007
Implementation of a Hearing Loss Prevention Program in a School Setting
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  • Nancy Gallihugh
    Constance Brown Hearing Centers Kalamazoo, MI
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Article   |   April 01, 2007
Implementation of a Hearing Loss Prevention Program in a School Setting
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 4-6. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.4
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 4-6. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.4
Founded in 1942, the Constance Brown Hearing Centers (CBHC) in Kalamazoo, MI, is a nonprofit organization working to prevent, identify, evaluate, and rehabilitate problems caused by hearing disorders. Educating the public about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is of the utmost importance, and an essential part of the mission of CBHC to prevent hearing loss. After several years of discussion about a hearing loss prevention program targeting young people, CBHC initiated a public awareness campaign to promote hearing loss prevention in 2005.
Putting the Hearing Conservation Program into practice involved several steps following the actual program planning and establishment of a budget. The first step was to obtain funding. Because the Hearing Conservation Program called for an audiologist to teach the classes, money was needed to defray the costs of the income lost from the audiologist not seeing patients in the clinic. Funding was also needed to cover the costs of travel, equipment, supplies, and marketing. CBHC’s Director of Development and Communications applied for grants from several different organizations. Grants were received for the 2005–2006 school year from the Greater Kalamazoo United Way and a local community foundation.
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