ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Area children will get better hearing tests, thanks to a donation from a woman who was born deaf, and a local hospital.
Seven Blair County school districts received digital hearing screening machines from the UPMC Foundation and the Mallory Trust on Thursday. The portable machines which cost a total of $16,000 were paid for by a donation from the Ethel Mallery Trust to the UPMC Altoona Foundation.
They'll be used by school nurses to examine public and private school children in pre-kindergarten, third, seventh, and eleventh grades.
The Mallory Trust was established after the death of Ethel Mallory to help children or young people who were deaf or hard of hearing. Mrs. Mallory from Hollidaysburg was born deaf in 1888, and communicated by reading lips.