Grant to help create Indianapolis hearing center

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A $1.5 million grant will help create an Indianapolis center to provide speech therapy, audiology, school outreach and counseling for parents of children who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the $1.5 million, three-year grant to Easter Seals Crossroads to create the center in partnership with the statewide nonprofit organization Hear Indiana. The center is expected to open in later this year.

Easter Seals and Hear Indiana officials said Monday that the need for such a center is great. They say at least 3,300 children in Indiana have deafness or some degree of hearing loss, and that number grows by 200 to 250 each year. One in four teens has a hearing loss, partly because of frequent exposure to high-volume headphones and ear buds. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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