Published: Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 12:00 a.m.
Baseline hearing tests
In 1927, May was designated Better Hearing and Speech Month to raise awareness about the causes and treatments of hearing loss and speech impediments; and on May 21, 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued a formal proclamation designating May as the official month to “heighten public awareness” about hearing loss and speech disorders.
During May, Centers for Hearing Care, 126 York Ave, is encouraging Mahoning Valley residents to get a simple baseline hearing test.
“May is a great time to take advantage of incentives on hearing aids such as our free test-drive program, with no commitment to try a pair of hearing aids, take them home and see how they work,” said Dr. Sheryl Figliano, owner and president of Centers for Hearing Care.
Hearing aids help over 90 percent of hearing losses, and first-time hearing-aid wearers report satisfaction ratings exceeding 90 percent. Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life, Dr. Figliano said.
Drug Take-Back Day
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration thanked Ohioans for properly disposing of an estimated 18 tons, or 36,408 pounds, of unneeded, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs on the recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The DEA’s initiative provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of prescription-drug disposal. Unused prescription drugs in homes create a public health and safety concern because the medications can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.
Those who are still in possession of unneeded prescription drugs can drop them off at one of several prescription-drug drop- box locations across the state. A list of locations of prescription- drug drop boxes provided by the attorney general’s office, Ohio Department of Health and Drug Free Action Alliance is available on the Ohio attorney general’s website.
Health Fair on Square
The Grace AME Church Nursing Guild, in conjunction with the Trumbull County African American Achievers Association and Warren City Health Department, is having its sixth annual Health Fair on the Square from noon to 3 p.m. June 4 on Courthouse Square.
The event will feature free health screenings, including dental, vision, foot and glucose screening, balance testing, heights and weights, and identification kits for children.
Health information will be available from community agencies, and bike helmets obtained through the Ohio Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics’ Put a Lid on It program will be distributed.
Children accompanied by a parent or guardian can be entered into a bicycle drawing to win one of the 70 bikes available.
Activities include face painting for children, Hi-5 the Clown doing balloon sculptures, door prizes and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will follow the African American Achievers’ Festival parade at 11 a.m.
Toni DiMargio from Churchill Counseling Services will present “Stress: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and discuss stress management during an event from 6 to 7 p.m. May 18 at the Youngstown Business Incubator, 241 W. Federal St.
There will be an open discussion with DiMargio as she breaks down the reality of stress and shares ways to better handle the stress people have in life and discover that stress might not necessarily be a bad thing.