Free hearing screenings being offered

Special to Highlands Today

Published: May 15, 2016

Audiologist Dr. Andrea Livingston is offering free hearing screenings to area residents this month to raise awareness for Better Hearing and Speech Month.

“Screenings are the best way to detect if further testing is appropriate to diagnose a hearing loss. Livingston’s goal is to educate the community about hearing health,” a news release states.

“The community should know the various types of hearing healthcare providers, such as audiologists or hearing instrument specialists,” Livingston said. “They should be aware of the level of training, best practice protocols for the services they are receiving, and whether or not their hearing and equilibrium needs can be appropriately addressed by that type of provider.”

In addition to the free screenings, Livingston is hosting a happy hour event from 4-7 p.m. May 24 at Central Florida Hearing Services, 4040 U.S. 27 N., Suite A, in Sebring.

The event will feature hearing health information, wine, snacks, complimentary batteries and a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite or Harry & David gift basket. Free hearing screenings and consultations can be scheduled during the event.

Better Hearing and Speech Month is an initiative of the American Speec-Language-Hearing Association that aims to increase awareness of communication disorders, such as hearing loss. The month also focuses on the role that audiologists and speech language pathologists play in providing treatment. The theme this year is “Communication Takes Care.”

Livingston is a board certified doctor of audiology. She received her doctorate degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She completed a fellowship at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. Livingston has provided audiology services in the Highlands County community for more than 30 years.

For more information, call (863) 386-9111, email or visit

Free hearing screenings being offered

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