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Free hearing screenings are available

by: COURTESY OF KIM DOTSON - FOLLOW-UP IS IMPORTANT - Kim Dotson explains hearing test results to Audra Fisher, 93, during a visit to her King City office.With one in five Americans experiencing hearing loss in at least one ear, and only about 13 percent of primary doctors screening for it routinely, some local audiologists are trying to help people identify undiagnosed loss through complimentary screenings.

Hearing loss can lead to poor performance at school, sadness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, withdrawal from life and strained social relationships.

Sonus hearing care professionals are encouraging parents, spouses, companions, and caregivers to bring loved ones in for a complimentary screening if they suspect any hearing loss.

The Sonus Hearing Care Center in King City, located at 15405 S.W. 116th Ave., Suite 200, offers the screening, which takes about 30 minutes.

The screening includes a physical inspection of both ears and pure-tone testing in a hearing booth plus an audiogram review and a consultation with a licensed hearing health professional.

Appointments are required and can be made by visiting local.sonus.com/king-city-hearing-aids.html or by calling 503-684-1583.