Local Musicians Share Talents with Young Children
Local musicians came to share their talents with students for the Loyola Early Learning Center‘s Marvelous Month of Music.
In March, Ledah Finck and Nick Saia, recent Peabody Institute graduates, played the guitar and violin for the children. A young cellist played a short recital for the children, followed the next day by a teenage violinist.
The children asked questions about the instruments and even tried to make music themselves.
Hearing Tests Completed Thanks to Loyola Clinical Centers
This was the second year that the school benefited from this screening program. The goal of the hearing screening is to assess if a child needs further evaluation or treatment. A child with undetected hearing loss could have speech and language development delays, which could also affect their ability to learn in a classroom.
The students were assessed using a test measuring otoacoustic emissions. This technology is similar to screenings that newborns receive in the hospital when they’re born. The screenings are quick and require that the child sits quietly for a short time. The child will hear tones in each ear as measurements are made.
“Children who have temporary hearing loss from fluid in the middle ear or earwax can receive medical treatment to help restore their hearing,” said Dr. Kathleen Ward, audiology service coordinator for the centers and clinical assistant professor in the speech-language-hearing sciences department at Loyola University Maryland.
Those children who have possible permanent hearing loss can be evaluated more thoroughly to determine a treatment, such as wearing hearing aids, Ward said.
After the testing, all of the parents received a written report with the results of their child’s hearing test.
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