February 2, 2007

Free screenings at Purdue will test speech, language and hearing

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is offering free screenings performed by clinical instructors and graduate students from the M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics.The speech, language and hearing screenings are open to members of the public and university community who are age 18 or older. Screenings are scheduled from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 8) in Heavilon Hall, Room B11.

Barbara Solomon, director of the speech-language clinics and a clinical professor of speech and language, said the 15-minute screenings could prove especially helpful during this time of year.

"People who have a cold have frequently irritated their vocal cords, resulting in a hoarse or breathy voice," Solomon said. "If they repetitively use their voices during their occupations - such as teachers or singers would - they may clear their throats often, aggravating the problem. The irritation may not go away without proper evaluation."

Lata Krishnan, a clinical associate professor and director of the audiology clinic, said anyone with hearing concerns, such as ringing in the ears or a history of ear infections, would benefit from being screened.

People regularly exposed to loud noises or music also should be screened. Teachers, singers, band members, hunters, construction workers and heavy equipment operators should all consider being screened, Krishnan said.

Those interested are encouraged to register for an appointment by calling (765) 494-4229, but walk-ins will be accepted based on availability.

The M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics also are home to a variety of professional diagnostic and rehabilitative services, including comprehensive hearing, speech and language assessments; hearing aid and assistive listening device fittings; and individual and group therapy for a variety of speech, language and hearing disorders. The clinics are a fee-for-service provider in the community. There were more than 2,000 patient visits in 2005-06, and many of the department's students gained clinical experience while working with these patients.

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

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 496-9711, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

Source: Lata Krishnan, (765) 494-3789, krishnal@purdue.edu

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

Related Web sites:
Purdue Audiology Clinic: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/slhs/pages/clinics/audiology.html

Purdue Speech-Language Clinic: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/slhs/pages/clinics/speech.html 

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