Hearing Tests for Kids

Back-to-School Hearing Tests for Kids

Why are Hearing Tests for Kids Needed

Back-to-school preparation is hectic, with shopping for kid-approved clothing and supplies. Along with the hunt for the perfect t-shirt and shoes, don’t forget hearing tests for kids.

Your child is young and healthy. Why would she need a hearing test? The Center for Disease Control says about 15 percent of all kids between 6 and 19 have hearing loss. And even a mild amount of loss in one ear can have a major impact on your child’s ability to learn and socialize effectively.

What Hearing Loss Looks Like

It’s typical for kids to tune out requests like, “Take out the garbage.” But what if it isn’t rudeness, but part of a gradual, subtle change in his ability to hear?

Experts say it’s important to take a second look at “absent-minded” children, who constantly ask people to repeat information, and those who frequently don’t respond to conversational cues. It is likely they have a problem hearing you.

Hearing Tests for Kids in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center offers hearing services for children of all ages

Problems with Learning and Self-Esteem

If your child can’t hear the teacher, she can’t absorb information effectively. If a child doesn’t learn foundation materials in each grade, it just gets harder and harder to keep up.

The problem doesn’t stop with classroom instruction. Hearing loss affects your child’s entire life. For example, speech development continues even during the kindergarten and early grade school years. If a youngster misses part of this development, his speech center may not mature the way it should.

When a child can’t hear what his peers are saying, he can’t interact fully with them. That can lead to poor social skills and a lifetime of isolation. Children who can’t hear have more problems reading and learning. Their self-esteem takes a hit, leading to higher frustration levels and behavior problems.

Hearing Tests Catch Problems Early

Scheduling a hearing test as part of the back-to-school routine is essential for your child’s overall health and development. Hearing tests for kids with our hearing professional allows our tools and training to pick up even a mild case of hearing loss.

The hearing test can also catch other medical problems, like wax or mucus buildup in the ear. It can detect complications from ear infections and from other prescribed medications.

It is important to discover that your child has a hearing problem as early as possible. Experts can come up with a treatment plan that will make a difference right away in the classroom and on the playground. That lays the foundation for a successful future.

Don’t delay. Call the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center today at (904) 355-3403 to schedule a hearing test for your child.

Give the Gift of Communication

Give The Gift of Communication

Communication Disorders in Children

Imagine having a son who has trouble communicating. He is struggling in school because he has trouble pronouncing D’s and N’s. At the playground, other kids alienate him because they don’t understand what he is saying and rather than trying to understand, they walk away.

Now imagine the frustration of trying to raise the child at home. He tries to tell you how he is feeling, but you don’t understand. He becomes upset and runs into his room. As a parent, you feel as though you are powerless to help and have no where to turn.

This is more than a hypothetical situation, this is a true story of the father of one of our patients. Unfortunately, many children who have communication issues go untreated due to financial limitations.

You can help

There is a way you can help give the gift of communication. Since 1949, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center has been providing speech therapy for children with communications disorders.

A typical child requires 24-48 therapy sessions to overcome such a communication disorder. That’s six to 12 months of intensive weekly therapy sessions. Some require more.

Will you please make a difference in the life of a child and give them the gift of communication by donating to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center?

See this difference it can make for a child.

Our Fund a Child program makes it simple and easy to give.

  • $2500 provides evaluation and 22 therapy sessions
  • $1000 provides evaluation and 16 therapy sessions
  • $750 provides evaluation and 12 therapy sessions
  • $500 provides evaluation and 8 therapy sessions

Thank you in advance for your support and for making a difference in the life of a local child.




FinFest

FinFest: Take Me to the River Results & Recognition

Over $155,000 raised to benefit those in need of speech and hearing services!

Once again, thanks to our sponsors, our volunteers, and you, FinFest 2017: Take Me to the River was a great success! We raised more money than ever before. 

As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide the highest quality compassionate care through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and partnering organizations ensuring that no one is turned away.

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FinFest was featured in the June issue of the Resident News. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Supporters of the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center were treated to a beautiful night on the banks of the St. Johns River, when the nonprofit’s annual Finfest, themed “Take Me to the River,” was held May 20 at the Timuquana Country Club.

The co-chairs for the evening were St. Vincent HealthCare’s Interim President/CEO Tom VanOsdol and his wife, Kathy, and the honorary co-chairs were State Attorney Melissa Nelson and her husband, Jason, and Basketball Hall of Fame legend Artis Gilmore and his wife, Enola.

Thanks to generous sponsors, event organizers and donations of silent auction items, the evening was a hit for the 68-year-old organization. Founded in 1949 by the Junior League of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center last year provided services and relief to 4,136 children and adults struggling with hearing loss and hearing impairments. In August, the nonprofit will move to its new location at 1010 N. Davis St., one mile west of its current Laura Street location.

FinFest would not be possible without the support from our amazing Sponsors & Patrons.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make FinFest 2017: Take me to the River a success.

Your support allows us to continue to provide speech and audiology services to the members of the Jacksonville community.

Thank you to our Major Sponsors

 

Premier Sponsors

Haskell
St. Vincent’s Healthcare
Medtronic
Florida Blue

Platinum Sponsors

IBCCES
Stellar
Jaguars Foundation

Gold Sponsors

All Pro Asphalt
BDO USA, LLP
Dr. David & Nanette McInnes
EverBank
Miller Electric

Silver Sponsors

Baptist Health
BB&T Bank
Dr. Bruce & Barbara Maddern
CSX
Darrell Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Jacksonville University
JP Perry Insurance
LionsBridge Wealth Management
Lynn & Mary Jarrett
Lynne Elliott & Scott Shober
Merrill Lynch
Mike & Cathy Howland
Mike & Rosa Heard
Norville Realty
Dr. Rick Pepis
Robert Shircliff
Swisher International
The Patsy Family
Urban Partners Construction

Bronze Sponsors

BIB Technologies
CADDIEMASTER
Cecil W. Powell & Company
Fran Pepis
Lee & Mindy Hanna
Mary Alice Phelan
Sodexo

FinFest 2017 Take Me to the River

Did you know we are the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for speech-language pathology and audiology services, as well as being certified to assist in providing speech pathology and audiology services for those who are on the autism spectrum? Through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, partnering organizations and YOU, we are able to provide the highest quality compassionate care and ensure no one is turned away.

In 2016, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center helped 4,136 both adults and children with speech and hearing disorders in Northeast Florida through professional speech and audiology therapies. For the past 68 years, because of your support, we have provided the life-changing services that allow children with speech or language disorders to start kindergarten ready to learn and on an even keel with their peers, adults who have lost their job due to an inability to hear obtain the hearing aids necessary for them to return to the workforce, and individuals with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis to receive the treatment and counseling which can help them regain peace of mind.

In order to continue providing speech and audiology services to the members of the Northeast Florida community, we invite you to join us for FinFest 2017: Take Me to the River!

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FinFest 2017: Take Me to the River

 

Date: May 20, 2017

Venue: Timuquana Country Club 

Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm

Entertainment: Top Secret Band

Attire: Island/Tropical Attire

Silent & Live Auction: If you would like to donate to our auction, contact Kristen Dietzen at (904) 717-6934 or kdietzen@shcjax.org

MC: Katie Jeffries 

Event Chairs: Tom and Kathy VanOsdol

Honorary Chairs: Honorable Melissa Nelson and Jason Nelson, and Enola Gay and Artis Gilmore

Tickets to FinFest 2017: Take Me to the River can be purchased online at finfest2017.eventbrite.com, or by calling (904)717-6930.

Questions about FinFest or interested in volunteering? Contact Kristen Dietzen at (904) 717-6934 or email her at kdietzen@shcjax.org.

Grab Your Tickets Now!

Thank you to our Major Sponsors

 

Premier Sponsors

Haskell
St. Vincent’s Healthcare
Medtronic
Florida Blue

Platinum Sponsors

IBCCES
Stellar
Jaguars Foundation

Gold Sponsors

All Pro Asphalt
BDO USA, LLP
Dr. David & Nanette McInnes
EverBank
Miller Electric

Silver Sponsors

Baptist Health
BB&T Bank
Dr. Bruce & Barbara Maddern
CSX
Darrell Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Jacksonville University
JP Perry Insurance
LionsBridge Wealth Management
Lynn & Mary Jarrett
Lynne Elliott & Scott Shober
Merrill Lynch
Mike & Cathy Howland
Mike & Rosa Heard
Norville Realty
Dr. Rick Pepis
Robert Shircliff
Swisher International
The Patsy Family
Urban Partners Construction

 

Bronze Sponsors

BIB Technologies
CADDIEMASTER
Cecil W. Powell & Company
Fran Pepis
Lee & Mindy Hanna
Mary Alice Phelan
Sodexo

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Learn the Benefits of Speech Therapy for Autism

speech therapy for autismThere are many benefits of speech therapy for Autism. According to the National Institute of Health, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a group of developmental disorders. ASD includes a wide range, “a spectrum,” of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability.

People with ASD often have these characteristics:

  • Ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others
  • Repetitive behaviors as well as limited interests or activities
  • Symptoms that typically are recognized in the first two years of life
  • Symptoms that hurt the individual’s ability to function socially, at school or work, or other areas of life

Autism can affect speech, language development, and social communication in different ways for each individual..

Speech Issues with Autism

A person with autism may:

  • Grunt, cry out, yell, shriek, or make other harsh sounds
  • Not develop the ability to talk
  • Hum or talk in a musical way
  • Use correct phrases and sentences, but with an inexpressive tone of voice
  • Make sounds that sound like words or robotic-like speech
  • Repeat what another person says (Echolalia)
  • Babble with word-like soundstage without coherence

Since autism is on a spectrum, some have trouble producing speech sounds to effectively communicate with others. The the person may have developed language skills, but it may simply be too hard to understand.

Communication Issues with Autism

A person with autism may have one or more of these communication challenges:

  • Memorization of things heard without comprehension of what has been said
  • Not understanding meaning of words outside the context learned
  • Trouble with conversational skills such as eye contact and gestures
  • Using echolalia as the main way to communicate
  • Lack of creative language

Benefits of Speech Therapy for Autism

Because of these communication issues, those with autism must do more than simply learn how to speak. They must also learn how to use language to communicate, including how to hold a conversation and tuning into both verbal and nonverbal communication cues from other people.

Speech therapy techniques might include:

  • Electronic “talkers”
  • Signing or typing
  • Using picture boards with words, known as picture exchange communication systems that start out using pictures instead of words to help a child learn to communicate
  • Using sounds to which a person is over- or under-sensitive to expand and compress speech sounds
  • Improving articulation of speech by massaging or exercising lips or facial muscles
  • Having individuals sing songs composed to match the rhythm, stress, and flow of sentences
  • Some of these techniques are supported more by research than others. Be sure to discuss them thoroughly with the speech-language pathologist and your child’s pediatrician.

For more information on our Autism speech and hearing services, contact us online or call 904-355-3403 to make an appointment.

How to Find High Quality Hearing Aids in Jacksonville, FL

Did you know hearing aids are more sophisticated than simply making noise louder? Not only are there different types of hearing aids for specific types of hearing loss, there are also many styles to compliment lifestyle concerns. Learn how our Audiologists will help you to find high quality hearing aids.

How to Find High Quality Hearing Aids

Need Help? Talk to Our Audiologists

Our audiologists will work with you to select the best hearing aid for your needs. The audiologist will choose the most appropriate amplifier and circuitry for your particular hearing aid needs while keeping in mind any aesthetic and lifestyle concerns you may have.

Need Help with Your Hearing Aids?

In the past few years, advances in hearing aids have been making a significant difference in the lives of millions. The hearing aids of today are highly effective and sophisticated wearable electronics that help those with hearing loss stay actively connected.

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center conveniently offers many hearing aid services:

➤ Hearing Aid Evaluations
➤ Hearing Aid Sales & Service
➤ Hearing Aid Orientations
➤ Hearing Aid Checks
➤ Hearing Aid Repairs
➤ In/Out of Warranty Service & Repairs

If you have further questions about what type of hearing aids or services we offer, or to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Pediatric Speech Therapy Jacksonville, FL

Pediatric Speech Therapy Jacksonville, FLPediatric speech therapy is important for the youth of Jacksonville. Children connect with each other through communication. When the ability to speak and hear is affected or does not exist, the isolation and long-term effects can be profound. This is especially true in children, as hearing, speaking and understanding spoken language is an essential component to their growth and development.

When Pediatric Speech and Hearing issues go untreated, disorders in hearing and speech/language develop. This causes problems both at home and at school by impacting the child’s ability to learn. Poor self-esteem and behavior problems can lead to a lifetime of isolation. As adults, untreated communication disorders make it difficult to hold a job and be a contributing member of the community.

Pediatric Speech Therapy Jacksonville, FL

Early childhood success depends on a strong base of language and speech. The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is a non-profit agency and one of very few agencies that provides Pediatric Speech Therapy to underprivileged children and families in our community. For the past sixty years, the JSHC has provided the highest quality professional care to anyone with hearing, speech and/or language disorders.

WATCH with CC: Learn about pediatric speech and hearing disorders from Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center President & CEO Mike Howland

Certified Autism Center in Jacksonville, FL

Certified Autism CenterJacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is proud to be a Certified Autism Center in Jacksonville, FL specially trained to provide a high level of service to patients with autism and communication challenges.

A Certified Autism Center provides a patient-friendly environment that includes:

  • no sensory overload
  • patients ushered to quiet rooms
  • treatment that is minimally disruptive to the patient
  • communication with family members regarding diagnosis and treatment
  • a focus on “yes” or “no” questions to patient
  • allowing patients to see and touch materials
  • a health care professional manner that is direct and factual

If you are looking for Pediatric Speech Therapy in Jacksonville, FL, please contact us TODAY to schedule an appointment at (904) 355-3403.

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Speech & Hearing Issues in Children: FAQs

Language is the basis of communication. Speech and language skills are essential to many areas in a child’s life, from relationships to academic success. The ability to communicate, both with peers and adults, is essential for a child’s success.

Speech & Hearing Issues in Children: FAQs

Q: Do Speech & Language issues affect learning?

Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. Learning takes place through the process of communication. According to the American Speech, Hearing, & Language Association, there are four major ways in which speech & hearing issues affect children:

  1. It causes delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech and language).
  2. The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement.
  3. Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation and poor self-concept.
  4. It may have an impact on vocational choices.

Q: Do Speech & Language issues affect performance at school?

Children with speech & hearing issues, or communication disorders, frequently do not perform at their grade level. The most common struggles are displayed in reading, understanding and expressing language, understanding social cues, school attendance, using good judgment, and test taking.

Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, and awareness of language sounds, syllables, words, sentences, and conversation. Individuals with reading and writing problems also may have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn.

Q: How do parents and school personnel work together work together to ensure a child gets the necessary speech-language support?

Any student who shows signs of speech & hearing issues or delay should be referred by parents or school personnel to their school-based child study team.

Screening, assessment, and treatment of communication problems may involve cooperative efforts with: parents, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists, psychologists, social workers, classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, dentists, and nurses.

SLPs work with diagnostic and educational evaluation teams to provide comprehensive language and speech assessments for students.

Services to students with speech-language disorders may be provided in individual or small group sessions, in classrooms when teaming with teachers, or in a consultative model with teachers and parents. SLPs integrate students’ speech-language goals with academic outcomes and functional performance.

Q: How can I detect if my child could have hearing loss?

  • Do they seem to hear fine some of the time and then not respond at other times?
  • Do they want the TV volume louder than other members of the family?
  • Do they say “What?” or “I didn’t hear you” more often than normal? Don’t always assume they are not paying attention as it may be an indication of an unidentified hearing loss.
  • Do they move one ear forward when listening, or complain they can only hear out of a certain ear?
  • Has their grades fallen or has their teacher noted they do not seem to hear or respond as well in the classroom as other children?
  • Does it often seem as though your child is just not paying attention?
  • Has your child started to speak more loudly than previously?
  • Does your child look at you intensely when you speak to them, as if concentrating? They may be depending more on visual cues for interpreting speech.
  • Do you just have a feeling, but you can’t put your finger on what your concern is? Don’t let that stop you. Ask your doctor for a referral to ease your mind.

Q: What should I do after a hearing problem is noted?

After recognizing that a problem exists, a hearing evaluation is the next step. This evaluation should be performed by a licensed, certified clinical audiologist who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss, such as those at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. After the type and severity of hearing loss is identified, the audiologist will determine if the loss requires referral to a physician or can be managed with hearing aids.

Q: What kinds of speech and language disorders affect school age children?

Speech sound disorders – difficulty pronouncing sounds
Language disorders – difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words
Cognitive-communication disorders – difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination
Stuttering fluency disorders – interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words
Voice disorders – quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or soft)

Q: What can I do to prevent hearing loss in my child?

Learn about the causes of hearing loss in children, such as exposure to loud noise, trauma to the head or ear, and diseases that affect hearing in order to eliminate or minimize risk. Make sure to have their hearing regularly tested by an audiologist.

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages and in many different ways. Early detection and appropriate intervention are essential to avoid or minimize long-term disability and to enhance communication.

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Make A Difference!

Everybody wants to make a difference. At Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, we understand that everyone’s gift or what they are able to give is different. Some have more time, others have more money, some even have both! If you want to give the children in our community the ability to communicate free from stigma, find the options to give that work best for you.

Volunteer

Volunteering reflects the power of the human spirit and proves that by working together, we can build a better world. If you have extra time and are more of a hands on kind of person, our volunteer program is for you. Our volunteers come from all walks of life within the First Coast community. From public relations to administration, we have a need your time and experience can fill.

Learn more about our Volunteer program.

Donate

As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide the highest quality, compassionate care through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and partnering organizations ensuring that no one is turned away. When you donate to JSHC, you help us provide these services to our community.

Learn more about how to Donate.

Events

Did you know we are very active in the Jacksonville community? You can join us at a variety of events such as Health Fairs, Hearing Screenings, Fundraisers, and even Jaguars Games!

Learn more about when and where our next events are taking place.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a contribution arranged in the present and allocated at a future date, commonly donated through a will or trust.

Placing the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center in your will can insure increased access to services for our clients. Gift planning uses tax laws to enable you to pursue your philanthropic goals while minimizing your cost of giving and maximizing the benefits to yourself and your family.

Learn more about Planned Giving to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.

No matter how you give, the important thing is that you do! We appreciate all contributions, and know how even the smallest ones can make a difference. Keep in mind that not only will you feel good, your gift will make a positive difference in someone’s life.

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Support Jacksonville Children Better Speech & Hearing #GivingTuesday

This year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.

Last year more than 700,000 people in over 70 countries participated in #GivingTuesday. Since it’s founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

We are thrilled to join the movement again this year and THANK YOU for supporting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. When you make a contribution to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, you are investing in lasting changes in our community. Reach into your heart and give a gift to help preschoolers be ready for kindergarten.

#GivingTuesday

 

Help us help Northeast Florida’s children be ready for kindergarten able to communicate and free from stigma. When you give to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, you are investing in an effort to create lasting change in our community. Please consider a gift to help preschoolers be ready for kindergarten.

$2200

Your gift will fully support a child with communication disorder through his or her speech-language therapy program, an average of 22 intensive hour-long sessions.





$525

Your gift will provide 15 children with hearing and speech language screenings.





$200

Your gift will provide one child with a Diagnostic Speech-Language Evaluation.





$100

Your gift will provide a child with one hour of intensive speech-language therapy.





$35

Your gift will provide one child with a hearing and speech language screening.





You choose how much

No gift is too small, we appreciate your donation of any amount!