* Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

May 20, 2008

Free screenings at Purdue to test hearing, speech and language

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language clinics are offering free screenings on May 28 as part of Better Hearing and Speech Month.

"One of the goals of Better Hearing and Speech Month is to increase public awareness of hearing loss, the effects of noise on hearing, the effects of hearing loss on speech and language development, as well as the diagnostic and treatment options available for a variety of speech, language and hearing problems," said Lata Krishnan, clinical associate professor and director of the audiology clinic.

The screenings are 9 a.m. to noon in Heavilon Hall, Room B11. The screenings are free and open to all ages. Appointments are recommended and can be made in advance by calling (765) 494-4229. Walk-ins will be based on availability.

The 15-minute screenings are performed by clinical instructors and graduate students from the M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics. The session includes a hearing screening (in which the person responds to sounds) and speech and language screenings (in which a clinician analyzes the person's voice, fluency and articulation, and asks questions about swallowing).

The M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics are home to a variety of professional diagnostic and rehabilitative services, such as delivery of hearing aids and assistive listening devices in a family-centered aural program; serving as a confirmation diagnostic site for the state's universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program; as well as providing group or individual therapy for children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders such as specific language impairments, neurocognitive disorders, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, stuttering and autism spectrum disorders.

The clinics are a fee-for-service provider, with more than 2,000 patients visiting in 2006-07. 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 M.D. Steer clinics under the direct supervision of their clinical faculty mentors. 

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

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Lata Krishnan, (765) 494-3789,  

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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