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Lions Club of Kona holds hearing screenings

MEDIA RELEASE

Members of the Lions Club of Kona, with the support of the Kailua Kona Lions Club and Kaloko Lions Club, will be holding hearing screenings for first and second graders at various West Hawaii Elementary Schools during the month of February.

Dates and Locations:

*Feb. 12 – Honaunau Elementary School, Hookena Elementary School, Kona Pacific Public Charter, Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino

* Feb. 14 – Holualoa Elementary School

* Feb. 15 – Kahakai Elementary School

* Feb. 21 – Kealakehe Elementary School

* Feb. 22 – Innovations Public Charter, Konawaena Elementary School

The last screening, held in 2011, resulted in 444 students being screened. Of those screened, roughly 20 percent were referred to a medical professional for further testing.

The quality of life for people with hearing loss is dramatically impacted. Since early detection of hearing loss is critical, parents are encouraged to take advantage of these free screenings for their keiki. The hearing test takes only a few minutes, and participants are given the results immediately.

The Lions Club of Kona has roughly 65 members and meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month at Teshima’s Restaurant. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

For more information or to get involved with the Lions Club of Kona, contact Mitch Tam at lionmitch@gmail.com or visit: www.lionsclubs.org

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