When any of our senses are compromised, quality of life suffers. A grant award of $30,524 from The Eamon Foundation will improve the quality of life for the individuals served by Woods by providing new audiology screening equipment.
Early detection of hearing loss and treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are critical for their cognitive, social, and vocational development. Unfortunately, studies show that hearing loss is more prevalent for people with IDD than those without a disability. It often goes undetected and untreated, resulting in barriers to skill development. Audiology screenings ensure this does not happen.
Not only that, but screenings can also alert an individual’s treatment team of other serious medical issues. Woods is committed to providing these screenings for all residents within 30 days of admission and annually thereafter, and providing referrals when intervention is needed.
“We are so grateful to The Eamon Foundation for their support,” said Joe Campbell, Director of Allied Services at Woods. “The new audiology equipment will help detect hearing challenges of residents that could account for increased confusion, depression, and social isolation. The new equipment includes a visual reinforcement system that uses video and sound to distract and comfort individuals who are fearful of such examinations.
The resulting treatment of hearing loss will improve our residents’ ability to communicate with families and staff, and allow them to participate in activities like watching a movie and listening to music.”
A better understanding of the hearing needs of each individual will allow staff to improve programming for their needs, and improve their quality of life.