- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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.

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