Audiology doctorate students provide screenings for at-risk youth

Audiology doctorate students provide screenings for at-risk youth


Audiology Doctorate Program BU's audiology doctoral students under the direction of Thomas Zalewski, Ph.D., associate professor of audiology, completed hearing screenings in April at The Family YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg, N.J., and Vicinity. The Pre-K Counts Program offered by the Family YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg and Vicinity is a program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 residing in the Easton Area School District and surrounding school districts whot are at risk of school failure.

Children in these programs are English Language Learner, Disabled, or Developmentally Delayed.

As part of the BU’s audiology program community outreach, the group made visits to three Family YMCA Head Starr programs:

  • Pre-K Counts
  • the Early Childhood Development Center
  • the Annex Kindergarten Program

Approximately 100 children at these three sites on three different days had their hearing screened using pure tone audiometry or otoacoustic emissions. BU's audiology department and The Family YMCA understand the importance of early intervention and the benefits of identifying hearing loss as soon as possible to allow these children to develop a solid educational foundation. #HuskyUnleashed