TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Mary Johnson and Esther Brown both volunteer at North Mississippi Medical Center, and both are taking advantage of a free hearing screening going on this week at the main hospital in Tupelo.
They're getting screened to determine if they suffer from any hearing loss.
Speech pathologist Cindy Jourdan said, "Our process is to just do a screening. It just says yes you have a hearing loss or no you don't. We will make referrals from that."
After a few questions about a person's hearing the screeners put a set of headphones on participants.
Jourdan said, "We let you listen to different tones at different loudness levels. Based on your response, we determine the recommendations we'll give you."
It's a simple process the two ladies we talked to say is important to keep a check on no matter how old or young you are.
Participant Mary Johnson said, "I think it's a good idea from time to time to have this checked just in case you're having a problem you may not recognize."
Participant Esther Brown said, "It was very easy. It's a good feeling to know I still have very good hearing. I don't want to miss anything."
Experts here say hearing loss affects millions of Americans whether it's from listening to loud music, hereditary or from another reason.
The free screenings continue this Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a-m to noon in the front lobby of the hospital.
It's open to all employees and the general public.