Jacksonville Florida Speech and Hearing

Finding a Solution to Hearing Loss Inspires Jacksonville Woman to Help Others

For a portion of her life, Susan Bence wore only one hearing aid, but after the birth of her third child, her hearing loss increased significantly. Needing to be able to hear to find work, Susan sought help. The assistance of two organizations paired with her enduring tenacity made all the difference.

After calling several places, Susan discovered the Florida Department of Education. She was directed to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). They understood she would need a second hearing aid to be able to work and offered to help.

“Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center was willing to accept the Vocational Rehabilitation insurance payment,” said Susan “And even better, I was treated by audiologist Fenja Mattson She’s wonderful.” Mattson, a long-time audiologist at Speech & Hearing Center, also suffers from hearing loss and wears hearing aids.

“She goes above and beyond,” explained Susan. “She was so encouraging and she kept saying that we were going to be able to make it happen so I could hear and get a job. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is a really a comforting place to go.”

Armed with new hearing aids, Susan now works for One Call Care Management. “This experience has made me want to be closer to the deaf community and help others who need assistance,” she adds.

Finding a Solution to Hearing Loss

About Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation program is committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. Our employer-focused website, FLJobConnections.com, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 111 offices across Florida, and last year helped 6,071 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit link: rehabworks.org.

About Hearing Aids at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Services offered at The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center include:

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Sales & Service
  • Hearing Aid Orientations
  • Hearing Aid Checks
  • Hearing Aid Repairs
  • In/Out of Warranty Service & Repairs
  • A variety of hearing aid manufacturers, with attention to the latest research and performance studies for the style of hearing aid best suited for each individual’s hearing loss.
  • Detailed information about all amplification options is provided to improve quality of life through better hearing
  • Hearing aid fittings include periodic adjustments and programming, verification testing, and hands-on support to ensure maximum benefit from amplification.
  • All hearing aids have a 30-day trial period.
  • All hearing aids come with full warranty coverage.
  • Repair services include minor in-office and send out manufacturer-based options.
  • We also offer custom fit noise protection, waterproof ear molds, IPOD ear molds, and can order a wide variety of other assistive listening devices.

Our audiologists will select the best style of hearing aid for the specific hearing loss you have, keeping in mind any cosmetic and lifestyle concerns you may have. What goes inside the hearing aid is also very important in the selection of the hearing aid. The audiologist can choose the most appropriate amplifier and circuitry for your particular hearing aid needs. Click to learn more on our website.

Screenings and Community Events:

EverBank Annual Health Fair
EverBank Center, 301 W. Bay Street (downtown)
9/14/16, Wednesday
10:00A-2:00P
Missy Lloyd MLloyd@shcjax.org or 904.717.6930

Florida Blue Senior Expo
13141 City Station Drive (Northside)
Friday, September 23, 2016
10:00A-12:00P
Missy Lloyd MLloyd@shcjax.org or 904.717.6930

Free Hearing Screenings provided at Two YMCA Locations:  
Winston Y | 221 Riverside Avenue| 10:00A – 12:00P
Johnson Y | 5700 Cleveland Road | 10:00A – 12:00P
Monday, September 26, 2016

US Assure Health Fair
8230 Nations Way (Southside)
10/13/16, Thursday
8:30A-2:00P
Missy Lloyd MLloyd@shcjax.org or 904.717.6930

Join Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center’s Team for Walk for Hearing
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Metropolitan Park
Be sure to select that you are fundraising on behalf of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing and 40% of the donations you raise will be donated back to JSHC.
Click here to view the team page for Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Join the “Friends of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center” for our annual Jacksonville Jaguars Tailgate on November 13th
Anyone who purchases tickets to join us for the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Jaguar game will be invited to attend our exclusive tailgate. Our Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center tailgate will be held from 11:30A until kickoff at 12:45P.  Attendees of the tailgate will receive a JSHC koozie.
Click Here to Learn More and to Buy Tickets

Join Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center at the 2016 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech
Saturday, November 19, 2016
The Bolles School
Click here to join the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Team

Save the Date for FinFest 2017
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Timuquana Country Club
6:00P-10:00P
For more information call Nicola Barnack at 904-717-6933 or email her at nbarnack@shcjax.org

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The Results of Your Support- Our Fiscal Year Summary

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center is pleased to announce our 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Summary. It was a fantastic year serving our community!

 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Summary

JSHC Fiscal Year Results

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎. If you would like to WATCH Trey’s interview, visit our YouTube channel.

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VIP Jaguars Tailgate Party: Jaguars vs Texans November 13th Game

Do you love the Jacksonville Jaguars and helping your community? Join the “Friends of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center” for our annual Jacksonville Jaguars Tailgate party on November 13th! Simply purchase tickets for the Jaguars vs Texans game and receive an invitation to our exclusive VIP tailgate party. The best part is proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center!

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Come out to support JSHC and join our friendly staff, volunteers and friends while enjoying music, food, and the excitement of watching the Jacksonville Jaguars play the Texans.

The tailgate will be held from 11:30am until kickoff at 12:45pm. Come hungry and ready for fun for the whole family. Enjoy music and make sure to try your luck for a hole-in-one at our Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center putting green!

Game tickets are $40 and include tailgate and a Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center koozie. Tickets can be purchased by calling 904-355-3403 or through our Buy Now online option.




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

FinFest: Rolling on the River Results & Recognition

Over $131,000 raised to benefit those in need of speech and hearing services

Once again, thanks to our sponsors, our volunteers, and you, FinFest: Rolling on the River  2016 was a great success!

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.

A Word from our Chairs

FinFest

A great time was had by all at FinFest!

“As chairs of FinFest2016: Rolling on the River, benefiting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and the thousands of people they serve, we want to thank our sponsors, donors and all who attended.

We raised a net amount of more than $131,000 to benefit children and adults, including veterans who are in need of speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Our list of sponsors is long, and we are grateful to all of them. But we especially thank the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Fund — which has given us a major financial and morale boost — and Haskell, our premier sponsor.

With generous support, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center maintains our 67-year commitment of service to those in Northeast Florida with limited capacity to afford competent, compassionate speech and audiology services.”

-Myron and Amanda Pincomb, Jacksonville

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

FinFest Sponsors

FinFest Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who helped to make FinFest: Rolling on the River 2016 a success. Your support allows us to continue to provide speech and audiology services to the members of the Jacksonville community.

FinFest supporters

 

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Fund a Child

Give the Gift of Communication to a Local Child

What would it feel like if you could not tell someone you love them? For many children, saying simple words like “I love you” is not possible.

Identifying a preschooler with a speech and /or language delay and providing him/her with the intensive therapies needed to be ready to start kindergarten able to communicate, on par with other classmates, free from any impediments that is going to make him/her different, is one of the most valuable contributions we can make.

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?

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 2016: Rolling on the River Benefit Event

Thank you for your support of FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River! Over $131,000 was raised for those in need of speech and hearing services.
For the latest information on FinFest and updates from the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Myron and AmandaA Message from the Co-Chairs…..

“As chairs of FinFest2016: Rolling on the River, benefiting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and the thousands of people they serve, we want to thank our sponsors, donors and all who attended.

We raised a net amount of more than $131,000 to benefit children and adults, including veterans who are in need of speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Our list of sponsors is long, and we are grateful to all of them. But we especially thank the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Fund — which has given us a major financial and morale boost — and Haskell, our premier sponsor.

With generous support, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center maintains our 67-year commitment of service to those in Northeast Florida with limited capacity to afford competent, compassionate speech and audiology services.”

-Myron and Amanda Pincomb, Jacksonville

Be a sponsor of the 2017 FinFest

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center would like you to join us in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month. There are many excellent opportunities to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to those facing an autism diagnosis each year.

Autism Awareness

What is Autism?

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes.” – Autism Society. You can learn more about Autism at the Autism Society website.

Why use a Certified Autism Hearing Center?

A Certified Autism Center provides a patient-friendly environment that includes the environment and tools necessary for those with Autism.

  • 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

Did you know we recently earned our Certification of Autism Care from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)? Read more about it!

Want to make a difference and support our programs? Join us at JSHC FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River!

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

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Dianesia’s Story with Speech Pathology Treatment

“Mind of a Sponge”

Dianesia's speech therapy storyDiane Morgan clearly does not look her age but she is a grandmother with seven grandchildren. She regularly takes granddaughter  Dianesia, age 7, for speech pathology treatment at Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.  Dianesia’s older sister, Tavaria, also came to Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center when she was younger.

“Dianesia started attending Christ the King school this year and her teacher recommended the speech pathology treatments to help her,” Diane said.  “She has been attending treatments since the start of school and we’ve all noticed an improvement.”

Young Dianesia likes to visit Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center and thinks of it as fun. She also likes reading, is a quick learner and good with math.

Speech and hearing“It’s important to get the help when they are young,” explains Diane.  “This will help her through school and life. It’s doing it the right way.”

“I hear her sit and play with her dolls and I can hear what she is learning,” Diane added. “It’s a big change.”

“As my daughter says, they have a mind of a sponge when they are young.,” Diane said. “You have to grab them and teach them early in life.”

If you know someone struggling with their speech and is looking for a solution, please tell them about the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.

Ava's Story with Apraxia Speech Therapy

Ava’s Journey with Apraxia Speech Therapy

Ava speech therapy“I did my research on apraxia”

Lindsay Thomas is the mother of two young children. Lately she has been spending lots of time in the car seeking help for her younger child, Ava, who is three-and-a-half.  Ava has been diagnosed with apraxia of speech, a very rare disorder.

“Childhood apraxia of speech is different from some other children’s speech disorders,” explains Lindsay. “It’s not a problem with muscles in the face or mouth but a neurological disorder. Children know what they want to say but have a problem getting the words out.”

When Ava was diagnosed, Lindsay did her research on Jacksonville-area speech pathologists. When she visited the website of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center and read all the positive reviews, she knew that she had found help.

Apraxia speech therapy“Ava is shy but immediately loved her teacher, Katy,” said Lindsay. “Katy makes it fun and Ava loves coming here. Katy even knows that Ava loves the Disney Princesses and has used that in the treatment.”

“Ava will work hard for Katy.” Lindsay adds.  “She makes it so fun and is so patient with her.”

The treatment involves starting with consonant sounds and then connecting that to the different vowels. There is a lot of repetition and Ava is likely to be in long-term treatment for up to five years.

“When we started here she was only saying about 20 words,” Lindsay explained. “This treatment has boosted her confidence to where she is starting to put sentences together and adding words to her vocabulary.  It is great progress.”

Ava’s story was also featured on Jacksonville.com.

Ava's journey with apraxia

If you know someone struggling with their speech and is looking for a solution, please tell them to contact the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.