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March 8, 2013

Purdue offers free hearing and speech-language screenings

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue University's M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics are offering free hearing and speech-language screenings by appointment March 20.

The screenings, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Heavilon Hall's basement, target adults who are experiencing hearing or speech-language problems or are just interested in a quick check to see if there is a problem. These problems range from ringing in the ears, exposure to loud noise, ear infections and difficulty hearing to a hoarse voice and difficulty swallowing. To schedule an appointment, call 765-494-3789.

This preliminary screening will help refer those who need further testing to a full comprehensive assessment, and recommendations will be provided.

Clinical instructors and graduate students from the M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics perform the 15-minute screenings. The sessions will include a hearing screening, during which the person will respond to sounds, and speech and language screenings with the clinician analyzing the person's voice, fluency and articulation. Participants also will be asked questions about swallowing.

The M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics are home to a variety of professional diagnostic and rehabilitative services. A referral is not required for access to these services. All of the students in the accredited clinical programs gain clinical experience while working with patients seen at the clinics under the direct supervision of clinical faculty mentors.

The clinics are part of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, which is housed in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, MorganLStephens@gmail.com

Source:  Lata Krishnan, clinical professor, 765-494-3789, krishnal@purdue.edu