“My family is so thankful for the experience, knowledge, and guidance of the staff and students, as well as the available technology, at Augustana’s Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing (ACCSLH). If it weren’t for their expertise and pro-activity, my son’s hearing loss may never have been diagnosed or properly treated,” writes Melissa Garcia, mother of Alex. The Garcia family lives in Moline, IL and Melissa works from home as a freelance graphic designer through Garcia Graphics.
Signs of hearing loss in babies:
- Does not startle at loud noises.
- Does not turn to the source of a sound after 6 months of age.
- Does not say single words, such as “dada” or “mama” by 1 year of age.
- Turns head when he or she sees you but not if you only call out his or her name. This sometimes is mistaken for not paying attention or just ignoring, but could be the result of a partial or complete hearing loss.
- Seems to hear some sounds but not others.
Signs of hearing loss in children:
- Speech is delayed.
- Speech is not clear.
- Does not follow directions. This sometimes is mistaken for not paying attention or just ignoring, but could be the result of a partial or complete hearing loss.
- Often says, “Huh?”
- Turns the TV volume up too high.
These indicators and more information is available on the CDC website.
Alex’s story emphasizes how lucky we are in the Quad Cities that The Augustana College Center for Speech and Hearing offers hearing and speech screenings for clients of all ages — from infants to the elderly.
Contact Augustana’s Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing (ACCSLH)
The Audiology Clinic at Augustana College invites you to come visit. They provide free hearing screenings to anyone in our community all year.
Hearing services they provide include:
- Hearing testing for all ages
- Hearing aid fittings
- Assessment of Auditory processing disorders
- Newborn hearing screening
- Fitting of hearing protection and custom earmolds
- Assistive listening device demonstration and dispensing
- Aural rehabilitation
- Tinnitus evaluation and management
Please contact the Augustana Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing for an appointment via email [email protected] or by calling 309-794-7358.
Especially because May is Better Hearing and Speech Month we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunities right here in the Quad Cities to get any hearing concerns addressed.
While most of us are spending our days with little ones, I know many are also taking care of parents or grandparents. The Augustana Audiology Clinic is for all ages, so if you have older family members or friends that need assistance, be sure to check it out services for them, too. They accept Medicare and Medicaid as well as private pay.