January 2, 2007

Speech, language and hearing experts to be featured on WBAA call-in show

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences faculty and clinical staff will be available to answer questions from WBAA Radio listeners during a monthly health program.

The segment airs in the 2-3 p.m. hour on the third Thursday of each month. The series is part of WBAA's live call-in show "AM 920 Magazine." The next talk is Jan. 18 and features Elizabeth Strickland, associate professor, and Bob Novak, clinical professor and interim department head. They will talk about noise and related hearing loss.

Future programs include:

• Feb. 15 — Jessica Huber, an assistant professor of speech, and clinical professor Barbara Solomon, will talk about Parkinson's disease and its effect on communication, as well as therapy for speech problems related to the disease.

• March 15 — Christine Weber-Fox, an associate professor of speech, and clinical professor Bill Murphy, will talk about stuttering, its effects on communication and ways to treat the problem.

• April 19 — King Chung, assistant professor, and Jennifer Simpson, clinical assistant professor, will talk about hearing aid technology and what current hearing aids really can do.

• May 17 — Novak and Lata Krishnan, clinical associate professor, will talk about middle ear infections in children.

• June 21 — Preeti Sivasankar, assistant professor, and Solomon will talk about voice disorders.

To ask questions, local listeners can call (765) 496-1999. Listeners outside the local calling area can call toll-free at (866) 922-2101. WBAA's AM signal reaches approximately two-thirds of Indiana and can be heard globally via the station's Web site.

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

There are more than 30 academic and clinical faculty members in the department, and 105 graduate students and 260 undergraduate students are pursuing degrees through the department. Many students and faculty work with the department's M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics. These clinics are home to a variety of professional diagnostic and rehabilitative services, such as fitting hearing aids and assistive listening devices, as well as providing group or individual therapy. The clinics are a fee-for-service provider in the community. There were more than 2,000 patient visits 2005-06.

Contact: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Robert Novak, (765) 494-1534, rnovak@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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