MELVILLE, N.Y., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- South Huntington Library features top audiologists from Island Better Hearing of Melville as part of "Better Hearing & Speech Month" to present their annual Hearing Health Seminar designed by Dr. Lori Trentacoste to bring awareness about hearing loss as the "third largest health epidemic in the nation". This year's seminar brought attendees from as far as Carle Place and Babylon to learn about what measures can be done to manage all hearing issues. IBH Audiologists Dr. Tracey Lynch and Dr. Tara Mazzone also helped to showcase modern technologies, hearing innovations and the many financial options available for the hearing impaired. "This is probably the most generous act of kindness that I have experienced from any medical office," states attendee Mary P.- "Nobody does this ... you can tell these doctors really care about helping people- they listened to us and they explained things so clearly… it's not so scary anymore".
A special appearance by Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. honored the courage of the attendees who faced their hearing loss with education. Kennedy captured the audience by turning off the mic and annunciated loudly to the crowd to illustrate the importance of hearing and being heard. "As an elected official, I'm your tax man… I have to listen and hear you- I have 1.5 million bosses. I have to try to internalize it and use my best efforts to address what's important to you."
Since 2001, IBH has been conducting free public hearing screenings to help people address their hearing issues. IBH brought three portable traveling screening stations to conduct preliminary readings of their hearing performance. "Each year, we take on the responsibility to bring true awareness of what it means to have hearing issues from a personal health stand point as well as on a social level – our hearing screening program is a great way of reminding everyone to stay proactive," says Dr. Mazzone.
The event was also a support group for the many sufferers. Mr. Kennedy openly shared his personal experiences to promote the act of seeking help. "My inability to hear well and differentiate in a crowded room has been a growing hindrance for public communication. Get the test... (for) a significantly improved quality of life whether you're working, or a retiree… nobody wants to live isolated and that's what happens as you lose more and more of it."
Island Better Hearing has been Long Island's premiere audiology and hearing services center since 1971. Founded by Bob Trent, Dr. Lori Trentacoste's father, IBH's locations in Melville and Huntington offices have been serving the community and have also been involved in public hearing health advocacy and sponsors countless educational outreach events through partnerships with the Foundation for Sight and Sound and the Long Island Alliance for Hearing Preservation.
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SOURCE Dr. Lori Trentacoste