Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is thrilled to announce a grant receipt to support our “Hearing Health Screenings for Newborns and Children” program!
Hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects in the U.S. and ear infections are the most frequently diagnosed disease in young children. Early intervention for hearing difficulties and ear health is critical to a child’s communication, education, social development and overall health. Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center is one of two facilities in Polk County to test newborns outside hospitals and also receives frequent pediatric referrals for ear health disorders. Testing children is a specialty service requiring experts and specific equipment. Our existing equipment was almost nine years old, causing us to postpone or limit pediatric services until a replacement is purchased. Thanks to this opportunity through GiveWell Community Foundation, we were able to obtain the funding to purchase this greatly needed equipment. Since purchasing this new equipment, we have seen immense growth in our pediatric population and in the need for newborn screenings.
We are so grateful to the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation for their ongoing support of the Center. Thank you for helping our children receive the care they need!