Hearts for Hearing

Linh M. Sasser, Marketing Coordinator, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Over the next few weeks, as we spotlight the 2019 Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) Visions honorees, we are spotlighting a nonprofit meaningful to each of the honorees.

In 2003, Visions Honoree Joanna T. Smith, with Dr. Teresa Caraway and Dr. Stan Baker, founded Hearts for Hearing, providing funding for the initial set of hearing aids for Oklahoma children experiencing hearing loss.

According to Hearts for Hearing’s website, they expanded their mission in 2007 to become a clinic not only for children, but adults as well. They began collaborating with audiologists and speech-language pathologists to provide the best service possible.

Hearts for Hearing now has locations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, where they serve their mission to create “life-changing opportunities for children and adults with hearing loss to listen for a lifetime.”

Hearts for Hearing provides services including hearing testing, group therapy, creating plans for families using listening and spoken language, providing hearing aids and cochlear Implants, ear wax management, and more.

Hearts for Hearing offers a summer camp for children with hearing loss to listen and talk. At camp they “continue to develop their auditory, speech, language, social and cognitive skills while connecting with their peers.” In the past they have partnered with Tulsa Symphony to learn how different instruments work and sound.

“Tulsa Symphony views itself first and foremost as a service organization aiming for meaningful impacts throughout our region’s communities,” said Dr. David Carter, Principal Clarinetist at Tulsa Symphony about their work with Hearts for Hearing. “Thank you for the opportunity to learn of additional ways we can be of service. This was truly a unique experience.”

Hearts for Hearing not only partners with Tulsa Symphony, but also other Oklahoma nonprofits, such as Community Action Partnership, Variety Care Health Centers, Sunbeam Family Services and The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. These partnerships allow them to increase awareness and education about the speech and language outcomes for children with hearing loss.

To learn more about Hearts for Hearing, visit their website: www.heartsforhearing.org

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