Speech & Hearing Center
The Mollie E. Webb Speech & Hearing Center was established in 1974 and operates within the School of Allied Professions. The Center moved to its present location at 3735 Blair Street in November 2002. The Center offers help to people of all ages with speech, language, and hearing problems. Graduate students evaluate and treat speech and language problems under close faculty supervision. The faculty is comprised of nationally certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologists. As part of the evaluation, the client may be asked to describe, name, or point to pictures and objects. A hearing screening is also completed as part of the evaluation. Treatment may include speech or language therapy. In some cases, special devices may be used to enhance communication (augmentative and alternative communication).
Speech and language disorders affect people of all ages. Some individuals cannot combine words into sentences. Others can talk, but their speech is unclear. People who stutter find it hard to speak fluently, while those with voice problems may sound hoarse or nasal. Injury to the brain can cause communication problems at any age. Strokes and head injuries may affect thinking, understanding, and speaking.
Services are available for speech and language disorders associated with:
- Articulation (phonology)
- Cleft palate
- Head injury
- Hearing loss
- Language delay
- Swallowing disorders
- Voice disorders
Hearing testing services are available to people of all ages by a nationally certified and state licensed audiologist. Digital hearing aids from several manufacturers are dispensed.
Hearing Services include:
- Hearing evaluation of pediatrics to senior citizens.
- Hearing aid evaluation, selection, fitting, and management, including infants.
- Assistive listening devices
- Therapy for hearing-impaired individuals
- Custom swim molds
- Custom hearing protection molds (musician’s ear plugs)
This unique center provides programming for young children with communication disorders. The preschool program provides services to three- to five-year old children with mild to moderate language disorders. The toddler program provides services to late-talkers between the ages of 18 months and three years.