Get speech, hearing help during Better Speech and Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and if you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with hearing, communication, or swallowing, now is the time to get help.

β€œSpeech and language disorders can affect anyone at any age,” said Judy Creuz, instructor in communication sciences and disorders and audiologist at the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Millions of Americans suffer from a hearing, communication or swallowing disorder. These difficulties can be as varied as stuttering, delayed language, or trouble swallowing. Others may have trouble hearing telephone callers clearly, or often need to ask people to repeat things.

The Penn State Speech and Hearing Clinic offers a variety of services for both children and adults. The Child Therapy Program provides services to preschool and school-age children who have delays or disorders in language, fluency, voice, articulation and phonology, including those with severe speech impairments requiring augmentative and alternative communication. The Adult Therapy Program provides services to adults (18 years or older) with a variety of speech and language disorders. The Audiology Clinic provides adult and pediatric hearing evaluations, auditory processing evaluations and fitting of hearing aids. Penn State faculty, staff and community members can make an appointment by calling Vicky Long at 814-865-5414.

Some speech and hearing problems are preventable. β€œIn the classroom, faculty should drink regularly and use amplification systems to preserve their vocal health,” said Creuz. In addition, when involved in outdoor recreation or yard work during the warmer months, remember to wear ear protection to avoid noise-induced hearing loss, one of the most common causes of hearing loss.

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Last Updated May 02, 2011