Vision & Hearing Center

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WELCH, ALLAN & ASSOCIATES

220 SECOND AVENUE S #220
KETCHUM, ID 83340

SHARLA SMITH, DIRECTOR
visionandhearing@seniorconnectionidaho.org

Vision Services

  • Screenings for retinal diseases, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma
  • Treatment on site for retinal disease and referral arrangements for other vision conditions identified at screening

Hearing Services

  • Free self-administered hearing screenings to determine if someone has a loss of hearing (mild, moderate, severe). For those with a screening score that suggests a hearing loss, a limited audiogram screening will be performed 
  • Referrals for thorough hearing exams with trained hearing specialist as needed

WHY

Preserving sight and augmenting hearing are critical for quality of life. Many of our seniors risk losing vision due to difficulty getting diagnosed and treatments for eye disease including age-related macular
degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. These three diseases are the most common causes of permanent vision loss in our country, and are often treatable if caught early. Many adults lose their hearing due to normal aging and because the treatments are not accessible.

ABOUT

The Senior Connection has established partnerships with Board Certified Retinal Specialists: Jennifer Olbum, DO; Jeffery Stevens, MD; and Hearing Specialist: Greg Schroeder. These associations are allowing the Senior Connection to establish a Vision and Hearing Center (SCVHC) to provide these essential services that are not available in our valley.

HOW IS THIS CENTER MADE POSSIBLE

The SCVAHC is made possible through
generous donors with a compassionate vision to improve the quality of life for the
underserved in the Wood River Valley. While the Vision and Hearing screenings are
offered at no cost, we will welcome a voluntary donation for the service. For those with a known diagnosis of retinal disease, they can be treated as a patient by pay (we will bill your insurance) or no pay (Senior Connection Vision and Hearing Center Scholarship Fund). By bringing these vital services to our community, we’re removing an access barrier to health services for older adults and others who desperately need proximate access to eye and hearing care.

MEET OUR RETINA SPECIALIST

JENNIFER OLBUM, DO

Jennifer Olbum, DO is a board certified ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in medical retina. She worked for 28 years in Pittsburgh, PA before relocating to Idaho. Although a Pittsburgh native Dr. Olbum has been visiting the Sun Valley area for over 45 years, moving here permanently in 2020. Dr. Olbum has extensive experience in the management and treatment of retinal diseases including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears, and retinal vascular disease. Since her move to the Wood River Valley she has been continuing to maintain her skills by working part time at a trauma center in North Dakota.