Preschool hearing screening: the development of a community program

The purposes of the project were (1) to develop and demonstrate a plan for a community-sponsored preschool hearing screening program which could be implemented in a selected community; the requirements to be placed on the program were that both the administration and the actual screening be performed by trained, nonprofessional volunteers from a community which provided the necessary space, equipment, and publicity; (2) to benefit the children of the community by providing a service not offered by any other group or agency at this time; (3) to provide a basis for considering the development of a permanent service in other community; and (4) to serve as a guide for planning future preschool hearing screening programs in other communities with smaller or larger populations than the one used for this project.