Healthy Hearing - Saint Paul


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Event Description:

The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health

services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Through free health screenings, training of healthcare professionals, and evaluation of the health status of people with intellectual disabilities, Healthy Athletes has become a powerful public health organization worldwide.


Healthy Hearing is changing lives in communities across the globe by providing free hearing screenings and other medical services, including ear wax removal, swim molds, hearing aid maintenance and minor repairs for people with intellectual disabilities. The amount of ear problems and hearing loss among

Special Olympics athletes is greater than that found in the general population. Most athletes’ hearing problems are previously undetected, unserved or under-treated. Hearing loss negatively impacts communication ability, quality of life, social interactions and health.


• Licensed/Certified Audiologist Role: Certificate and current licensure as an Audiologist, ENT specialist, GP or MD
• Audiology/Speech Language Pathology Student Role: Students of Audiologist or ENT


Healthy Hearing examinations have found that a large percentage of Special Olympics athletes have untreated hearing conditions:
40% have blocked or partially blocked ear canals
26% failed pure-tone hearing examinations
7% have bilateral sensorineural hearing loss


• Increase access to hearing care for Special Olympics athletes, as well as all individuals with intellectual disabilities
• Identify permanent hearing loss and provide referral for follow-up care
• Identify medical issues causing hearing loss and refer to the appropriate medical professional for follow-up
• Raise audiologists’ awareness of the hearing concerns of people with special needs, including the difficulties involved in diagnosing and accessing treatment options
• Provide educational and clinical opportunities for students training in the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
• Provide a list of regional audiologists and ear, nose and throat specialists who care for people with special needs to all athletes who participate in the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program
• Develop a body of knowledge about ear canal hygiene of children and adults with special needs
• Educate athletes about ways to prevent hearing loss from noise exposure


  • This volunteer role is located inside the Anderson Student Center.
  • All volunteers will receive a t-shirt to ensure that they are identifiable during the event. They must be worn when attending the event.
  • Orientation and training is scheduled to start at the time you sign up for. Please arrive at the check-in area 10-15 minutes early to allow time to check-in, receive your t-shirt and be on time for your training.
  • You will receive a reminder email with additional parking and check-in information one to two weeks before the event.

Age Eligibility for Event Volunteers

  • 15 years and older can volunteer by themselves.
  • 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone.
  • 11 years and younger are not given volunteer assignments, but are welcomed and encouraged to be cheerleaders as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone.  Please do not register for any position.
  • 12-14 year olds in a group situation need a 4 to 1 ratio-meaning one adult (18 years old or older) for every three children.  These groups usually include scout troops, school classes, church groups, etc.

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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   
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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM   
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Event Meeting Location: Volunteer check-in is located at Scooters in the Anderson Student Center. Parking and shuttle information will be provided one to two weeks before the event.

Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Event Organizer: Special Olympics Minnesota
Event Category:
Healthy Athletes / Healthy Hearing (Hearing Specialists)