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LCCLL to offer free speech-language and hearing screenings

May 7, 2008

In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Longwood Center for Communication, Literacy, and Learning (LCCLL) will offer free speech-language and hearing screenings for children and adults on Tuesday, May 27.  The free screenings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8–10 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. at the LCCLL, located at Main and Third streets (above the Daily Grind) in downtown Farmville. The screenings will be conducted by certified speech-language pathologists and/or graduate students enrolled in Longwood’s speech-language pathology program.

Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month each May to raise public awareness of speech and language disorders that affect 14 million Americans. Speech and language disorders can take many forms and can limit academic achievement, social adjustment, and career advancement.   An individual may be born with a speech or language disorder, or it may be caused by accidental injury or illness.

“Fortunately, most people with speech and language problems can be helped,” said Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, director of the LCCLL and a certified speech-language pathologist. “Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach strategies to people with speech and language problems to help them cope. People may not fully regain their capacity to speak and understand, but a speech-language pathologist can help them live more independently.”

An annual hearing checkup is a good idea for people age 45 and up, according to audiologists, the professionals who specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing, and treating hearing disorders. Audiologists can prescribe hearing aids and assistive listening devices, and they can teach people with hearing loss how to concentrate on hearing all sounds.

Signs of hearing loss in adults include only hearing part of what others say; asking others to repeat what is said; not laughing at jokes because of missing too much of the story; not hearing the doorbell or telephone; and having others tell you that you do not hear well. Signs of hearing loss in children include unclear speech; inconsistent response to sound; delayed language and speech development; not following directions; not responding when called; and loud volumes on electronic equipment.

Established in fall 2006, the LCCLL is an interdisciplinary center that provides tutoring and speech-language services to adults and children and early intervention services for infants and toddlers.