Phone-based hearing test free during May

Think you might have hearing loss? The National Hearing Test, developed by scientists with funding from the National Institutes of Health, is free in May in recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Call 1-866-223-7575 and follow the directions provided. The test, a not-for-profit project available to anyone, takes about 10 minutes and regularly costs $8.

The test works by having callers listen to a series of spoken three-digit numbers (“3-5-1”) that are presented with a noise background. When the caller enters the numbers correctly, the next numbers are presented at a lower, more difficult level.

If an error is made, the next numbers are easier to hear. The user’s accuracy is measured in real time to determine the extent of hearing loss.

Learn more about the National Hearing Test at 

Nearly half of adults over the age of 48 experience hearing loss. Yet, very few seek help. Hearing loss is irreversible, but if caught early, a person can take steps to keep it from worsening.

Surgeon general’s role topic of Carmona talk

Former U.S. Surgeon General and current Tucson resident Dr. Richard H. Carmona  will give a public talk at the University of Arizona Medical Center Wednesday morning. 

His talk, “Prevention, Preparedness, Plagues and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General,” is scheduled for 8 a.m. in DuVal Auditorium in the University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The talk is free and open to the public. 

Carmona, a UA professor of surgery, distinguished professor or public health and vice chairman of Canyon Ranch and president of the Canyon Ranch Institute, was the 17th Surgeon General of the U.S. He served from 2002 to 2006 under President George W. Bush.

As surgeon general, Carmona focused on prevention, emergency preparedness, health disparities, health literacy and global health issues.

He also delivered landmark reports and communications during his tenure, including the definitive Surgeon General’s Report regarding the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Joint-pain prevention focus of lecture

A free 75-minute presentation about the latest treatments for joint pain is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Dr. Jeffrey R. Lisse, a rheumatologist with the University of Arizona Health Network, will be the speaker. His talk is titled “Oh My Aching Joints: Exploring the Latest Treatments for Joint Pain.”

The talk will be held in DuVal Auditorium at the UA Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website or call 626-5040 or email 

The event is being held in conjunction with Arthritis Awareness Month and includes time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be provided.

In his talk, Lisse will discuss the latest pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to reduce joint pain and inflammation and present the keys to longevity and improved function while dealing with stresses on joint cartilage.

Lisse joined the UA in 2000, when he was named the Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis and medical director of the osteoporosis program at the UA Arthritis Center. He served as chief of the division of rheumatology at the UA from 2004 to 2013 and previously served at the University of Texas for 17 years as chief of the division of rheumatology.

There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the UA Medical Centers visitor/patient parking garage.

Help make dance video for cancer-awareness

Livestrong in Tucson invites members of the public to make a dance video to raise cancer awareness.

A sign-making and rehearsal is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday  at Platinum Fitness, 5851 E. Speedway.

The video, to the Katy Perry song “Roar,” will be filmed at 8:30 a.m. May 17 at the Cancer Survivors Plaza on 22nd Street, west of the Reid Park Zoo entrance.

Donations will be accepted. For more information and to register contact Linda Tarason at 440-7206, email, or go to

Stephanie Innes