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Students in Need Prepare for a Healthy Back-to-School Season with EarQ and the Chicago Bears

Published: 08/03/2016

Last Updated: 10/09/2017

Catholic Charities and Bears Care, a charitable branch of the Chicago Bears, sponsored its annual Back-to-School Health Fair, which invites established healthcare organizations, such as EarQ to attend and provide services to low-income families with children.

Hearing Screenings at Bears Care
Brynn Spejcher from Loyola University Medical Center, tests a young student's hearing.

On July 30, students and their families gathered at the Olivet Nazarene University campus in Bourbonnais, IL, to receive necessary healthcare services and address any health issues before the students return to school in the fall. The event is sponsored by Bears Care and Catholic Charities and extends to families of Kankakee, Will, and Dupage counties.

The health fair is a collaborative effort by organizations passionate about making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families. Through the event, attendees have access to hearing and dental services, physicals, nutritional information, child development education, financial support, school supplies, and more.

For the fourth consecutive year, the EarQ team, including representatives from Loyola University Medical Center and the Chicago Hearing Society have provided free hearing screenings performed necessary cleanings, and addressed additional hearing health concerns. To date, EarQ members have tested over 400 students and family members.

“Hearing loss is becoming a more prevalent issue for children and teens, and it’s essential they receive appropriate care and treatment,” said Ed Keller, President of EarQ. “Events such as this Back-to-School fair allow us to provide children with healthcare services, as well as the education they need to make hearing health a priority in their lives.”


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