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Public Health grant will improve children's hearing
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Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Thanks to a generous $76,000 grant, Cobb & Douglas Public Health has purchased hearing screening equipment for several local clinics and pediatric offices.

The grant was given by the Georgia Division of Public Health's State Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program; the equipment will be used to retest newborns who fail their initial hearing screenings.

Many babies need this second test, which only takes five to 10 minutes, according to Laurie Ross, director of Cobb & Douglas Public Health's Birth to Five Programs.

"While it doesn't necessarily mean the baby has a hearing loss, it is important that each newborn is properly screened to rule out any concerns," Ross said.

Fortunately, there are very few hearing losses that cannot be treated with modern technology.

"Thanks to programs like this, babies with hearing loss can recieve early diagnoses and the equipment and special education services they need," said Lisa Crossman, director of clinical and prevention services for Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

For more information about the hearing test or any other public health services, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.

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