EL PASO — Speech-language pathology students from The University of Texas at El Paso will conduct hearing and oral cancer screenings for migrant workers at Centro Sin Fronteras Wednesday night.
Students planned to test participants on their ability to hear speech frequencies at a standard screening level. Participants also will have the inside of their mouths checked for any sores or discoloration on the tongue, gums and palate.
The screenings are part of the program’s efforts to involve students in community outreach.
“This is an opportunity for students to experience working with a different population,” said Suzanne Crow, Speech-Language Pathology program lecturer. “When you look at the jobs that migrant workers do, they are surrounded by loud noises, which may lead to hearing loss. Some of them may be smokers. This is a way for our students to help them identify problems early; otherwise, they may not get these services.”
Participants with abnormal test results will be referred to Centro San Vicente and Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe.