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Meetings scheduled to improve care for those who are deaf and hard of hearing

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Approximately 1 in 5 Americans is deaf or hard of hearing, and many of those Nebraskans are not receiving the proper care.
 
The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is in Scottsbluff this week in an effort to expand services to the panhandle.
Currently, the closest office is in North Platte and Executive Director John Wyvill is hoping a Scottsbluff office is established.

In order for that to be accomplished, the legislature needs to grant approval and funding.
 
"It is a reality that can be met, providing that the people in the panhandle express their views in their need for these offices," explains Wyvill. "Because hearing loss and deafness is the 3rd health care issue in america behind heart diseases and arthritis."
 
Public meetings have been scheduled for Thursday and Friday morning at Educational Service Unit 13 in Scottsbluff.
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