Speech and Hearing
Speech, language, feeding, swallowing and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. At least one out of every six Americans can expect to experience some difficulty with communication or swallowing in their lifetime.
THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER University Hospitalâ€™s Speech and Hearing Center provides a full range of evaluation and treatment services for children and adults with speech, language, feeding, swallowing and hearing disorders. We provide services for hundreds of CSRA residents each year. Our clients range in age from infants to the elderly. Our goal is to enable people with communication and related disorders to regain quality of life, and to communicate and function as independently as possible in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Our services are provided by speech-language pathologists and audiologists who have received either a masters or doctoral degree, hold the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association, and are licensed by the state of Georgia. The University Hospital Speech and Hearing Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a clinic meets high performance standards.
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY SERVICES At University’s Speech and Hearing Center, evaluation, treatment and consultative services are available to all clients across all areas of speech, language, voice, fluency, cognition, feeding and/or swallowing. Our comprehensive diagnostic services include testing, observation, interview with the client and family members, and consultation regarding clinical findings and recommendations. We treat communication and swallowing difficulties related to the the following disorders: • Aphasia • Apraxia of Speech • Articulation • Auditory Processing Disorders • Aural Rehabilitation • Autism Spectrum Disorders • Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders • Communication Disorders • Craniofacial and Other Syndromes • Developmental Speech and/or Language Delay • Dysarthria • Dysfluency • Dysphagia • Feeding Difficulties • Foreign Accent Reduction • Language Disorders • Laryngectomy • Non-verbal Individuals • Oral-motor Disorders • Phonological Disorders • Right Hemisphere Language Disorders • Sensory Integration Dysfunction • Voice Disorders Individualized treatment programs are developed based on the evaluation findings. Interventions include speech therapy, language stimulation therapy, oral-motor therapy, feeding and swallowing therapy, communication boards, functional communication skills training. We consistently use an interdisciplinary approach to treatment with Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.
Treatment is available for all areas listed. In addition to traditional therapies, we offer the following specialty services: • Sensory Integrative and Praxis Testing (SIPT) • Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) • Listening Therapy • Vital Stim Therapy Childhood Warning Signs of Communication Disorders How can you recognize if your child is at risk for a communication disorder? If your child is not developing typically as compared to other children his/her age and gender, he/she could be at risk. Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not according to developmental milestones can help you decide if your child is in need of a screening. • Infancy: an infant cries, coos, babbles and will pay attention to other voices
• By 1 year: a child says about 10 to 20 words, makes animal sounds (moo, baa, woof-woof), recognizes his or her name, and understands names of simple objects and actions • By 2 years: a child understands around 300 words, can combine 2-3 words in speech, follow 2-step directions, and ask simple questions • By 3 years: a child uses around 500 words, can form simple sentences using 3-4 words, and can answer simple questions • By 4 years: a child has a vocabulary of around 1,000 to 1,500 words, uses 4-5 words in a sentence, and can say most speech sounds • By 5 years: a child is very easily understood, can carry on a simple conversation, follow three-step directions, and use correct grammar about 90 percent of the time.
AUDIOLOGY SERVICES A hearing disorder is the result of impairment to the outer, middle or inner ear, or the hearing pathway to the brain. A hearing disorder may limit the development, comprehension and production of speech and/or language. Hearing loss itself may be partial or total, temporary or permanent. An audiologist is a licensed health care professional who screens, assesses, identifies and provides treatment to persons who experience some degree of impairment in hearing, auditory processing, communication or other related areas. Hearing assessments include a comprehensive battery of tests and procedures which are tailored to the specific age and needs of the individual. In addition to standard testing methods, specialized equipment is available for the evaluation of very young infants and children whose hearing might otherwise be difficult to assess.
Assessment procedures and services are provided for infants through adults: • Universal newborn hearing testing • Comprehensive hearing evaluation by a certified audiologist • Behavioral, immittance, tympanometry and evoked otoacoustic emissions testing • Auditory brain stem response (ABR) testing • Hearing aid candidacy assessment • Hearing aid fitting, maintenance, repairs and analysis • Auditory processing evaluation • Assistive listening devices consultation • Industrial hearing conservation services for noiseexposed workers • Industrial on-site hearing testing • Client education and counseling Test results and recommendations and/or referrals are explained at the time of evaluation. Hearing Aid Donor Service Through the University Health Care Foundation, the University Speech and Hearing Center offers a hearing aid donor program that provides used, reconditioned hearing aids to hearing-impaired individuals who otherwise could not afford them.
This service relies on the individual donation of used hearing aids regardless of condition to the Speech and Hearing Center. Once a hearing aid has been donated, we will assess its performance and need for reconditioning or repair. Once University Hospital’s financial counselors have reviewed a hearing aid candidate’s eligibility, that individual’s name is placed on a waiting list until he or she can be matched with an appropriate hearing aid.
GENERAL INFORMATION Evaluations and treatment are available following a physician’s referral. The referral process may be initiated by writing, faxing or calling our center. Please note that we do offer free speech and hearing screenings to the public. If you have concerns about your child’s or your own communication or swallowing skills, our staff will be pleased to talk with you to determine if a formal evaluation and treatment may be needed. For information, or to schedule an appointment, please call our center at 706/774-8666. The center is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers. Payments may be arranged through private insurance carriers, Medicaid, Medicare, self-pay, corporate funding, or other sources. Most insurance carriers require a pre-authorization before coverage of services can be authorized. Our staff will be pleased to assist you in arranging all required certifications. If you require financial support to participate in an evaluation or treatment, please let us know. We will work hard to ensure that you are not excluded from services based on income or resources. Please call our office personnel at 706/774-8666 to discuss payment arrangements on an individual basis.
The Speech and Hearing Center is a participating United Way agency.
Hours of Operation The University Speech and Hearing Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Therapy appointments are arranged between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, typically beginning on the hour or half-hour. Additional appointment times are available by request and subject to availability. Facility Locations Main Campus 1430 Harper Street, Suite C-3 Augusta, GA 30901 706/774-8666 Fax 706/774-8627 Evans Campus 4321 University Parkway, Suite 102 Evans, GA 30809 706/854-2630 Fax 706/854-2631 Both locations are readily accessible to persons with disabilities. Modifications of the facilities have been made to accommodate wheelchairs. Our offices are also equipped with TDD/TTY technology that allows hearing-impaired individuals to communicate over telephone lines.