Songs for Sound, a Nashville-based nonprofit
organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people living with hearing loss, just marked pinnacle successes. Not only did SFS host its 400th FREE hearing event, but it has successfully screened 15,000 people since the launch of the program in 2015. SFS also hosts its 2nd Annual Hear the Music Kids Camp this weekend in Scottsville, KY with Keynote and LPGA Golfer, Kaylin Host.
The Hear the Music Project is a charity mission and mobile health exhibit designed to
not only provide free hearing screenings, but also help every person navigate hearing healthcare.
Once someone does not pass a hearing screening self-administered by touch-screen kiosks, they receive information both electronically and in printed form. Checklists and clinic finders are provided and guests can even demo hearing technologies--all a part of the Hear the Music Project & experience. Industry leaders Cochlear Americas and Phonak sponsor the project with partner Otokiosk donating the screening software.
“Due to lack of awareness and access, less than 5 percent of those able to benefit from a
cochlear implant are being treated,” said Patricia Trautwein, VP of Marketing for Cochlear
Americas. “Cochlear is thrilled to sponsor a program that combines mobile health
screenings and music to shed light on the important universal issue of hearing loss, and
provide access to information and testing throughout the United States.”
Songs for Sound has been helping people with hearing loss access sound since 2010. Jaime
Vernon founded the charity after her daughter, Lexi, was born deaf and received the life-
changing ability to hear through cochlear implants at 19-months old.
“After years of raising awareness and helping families navigate what can be a frustrating
and cost-prohibitive system, we realized we need to do more to reach the people who need
our help the most,” says Vernon. “We created the Hear the Music Project to target
populations throughout the nation where hearing loss is common and often goes
undetected – among veterans, senior citizens, and children living near the poverty line.”
As a result of this targeted outreach, the Hear the Music Project has an overall referral rate
of 48 percent; meaning hearing loss is detected in nearly 5 in 10 people screened. This
includes 85 percent of veterans, 59 percent of senior citizens, and 38 percent of underserved children. These individuals are counseled on site and referred for further audiology. Songs for
Sound follows up with each referral via e-mail with a checklist of next steps and how to
navigate hearing healthcare.
“There are many options available today for people of all hearing levels. We encourage
everyone to consider their choices so they can make the best decision for their health and
lifestyle,” says Vernon.
The Hear the Music Project has served 25 states and continuing to tour the US. Currently in Kentucky, visit the Tour Calendar to find the clinic in a city near you!
This weekend, the 2nd Annual Hear the Music Kids Camp is held in Scottsville, KY where families from five states are offered a FREE WEEKEND of hearing help, bonding and fun including horseback riding, swimming, bowling and a songwriting session from top Nashville songwriters!
LPGA Golfer Kaylin Yost, also living with hearing loss and using Phonak Hearing Aids, serves as the camp's Keynote Speaker and special guest. Hit songwriters Tony Winkler, Zack Dyer and Mitch Mallahan support the camp for the 2nd year to help the children with deafness and hearing loss to love and appreciate MUSIC through LYRICS.
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