The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

Hear this

Hedges, a United Way agency, is changing lives ... young and old

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ENID — Making lives richer

Children with speech and hearing issues also may lose out on values and skills that impact their everyday lives if they do not receive treatment, not to mention self-confidence.

“It’s going to make their life easier and richer, as well as their family’s lives,” Ball said. “What we do with a 4-year-old, or for any age, makes an impact on what they are doing.”

The earlier a problem can be diagnosed, the better, Ball said. Newborn babies undergo hearing tests and sometimes fail. If they do, Hedges is one of the places recommended for testing because of up-to-date equipment.

“We have some less intrusive forms of testing,” Ball said.

“A child may be fussing and moving and not paying attention, and we still can get an accurate read on their hearing. Our youngest client we’ve ever tested is 2 weeks old. Our audiologist is wonderful.”

Catching problems early

Catching a hearing problem early is essential for a child’s development. Ball said research shows children who have a problem diagnosed and receive therapy by 2 or 21⁄2 have a good chance of entering school at the same level as their peers.

Ball said a child who finally can hear after having problems can witness a life-changing experience.

“All of a sudden they can hear their cat purr, they can hear their mom in the other room, they can hear their teacher when they are in the back of the classroom,” she said.

Not just for the young

Ball said hearing is just as important for adults. Those who have hearing problems later in life often tend to withdraw.

“You miss out on a lot of vital contact with your family or people at your church, no matter what your age is,” she said.

Ball said being fitted with a hearing aid isn’t like it was five years ago.

“Hearing aids have changed so much,” she said. “As much as cell phones have changed in the last five to 10 years, so have hearing aids.

“You don’t buy hearing aids in the small medium or large anymore. The advances in hearing aid technology is just incredible.”

She said some people buy a hearing aid to match their hair color, and some kids put soccer balls or decals on them.

“They want people to know it’s pretty cool equipment,” she said.

Hedges is a non-profit entity, and is a United Way agency. Ball said funds also are generated through speech therapy and hearing aids. Grants and occasional fundraisers also help support the center.

For information about Hedges, 2615 E. Randolph, call 234-3734.

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service

     

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  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

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  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

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  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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