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Communication Disorders

Speech and hearing disorders in both the young and old can result in a diminished ability to effectively communicate. Not being able to speak or hear clearly can impact a person’s personal relationships, the ability to fulfill their potential in both school and work, and ultimately their sense of self. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center shares insights on how communication influences us, why communication skills are important, and solutions for improving communication disorders.

Communication Disorders Influence Us

speech and hearing jacksonvilleEveryone shares a basic desire to communicate. Communication has been defined as “the process of understanding and sharing meaning”. A diminished ability to communicate can influence your interests, what you believe you are good at, your confidence, even your sense of self. Those with difficulty hearing may shy away from learning or activities in which their ability to perform is affected. Those with difficulty speaking clearly may incorrectly think others don’t listen to them because they aren’t very interesting or that they are too often misunderstood. Whether you have difficulty understanding others or others have difficulty understanding you, your ability to communicate is central to your self-concept.

Communication Skills Are Important

We start learning effective communication skills at a very young age. Babies instinctively learn to communicate everything from when they are hungry to when they crave attention. As we grow and our emotions and needs become more complex, our speech and hearing has a greater role in the effectiveness of our communication. Healthy, functional family relationships rely heavily on effective communication skills. In school, hearing & speech is an integral part of the learning process as well as important to forming relationships with peers. Communication skills are especially important in our professional lives, from job interviews to promotions, even what career field we excel in.

Improving Speech and/or Hearing in Northeast Florida

communication disordersThe professionals at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center understand how communication disorders greatly impacts quality of life. Many of our staff members have either experienced communication disorders personally or have a close family member who has experienced it. We have designed our patient care experience to be how we would like to be treated. We take great pride on being at the forefront of the speech and hearing health field. Our licensed Clinical Audiologists provide the most technically accurate Hearing/Audiology services such as hearing evaluations and care recommendations for both children and adults. Our licensed Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) provide quality Speech & Language services such as diagnostic evaluations and treatment of speech and language problems for children and adults.

If you have further questions about speech and hearing disorders in children or adults, our audiologists, speech pathologists, services, events, or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Jacksonville Hearing Screenings – Free Community Events

Throughout the year the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center works with a variety of organizations and schools to provide community education as well as on-site mobile hearing and speech screenings. Our mobile van is fully equipped with an audiological booth for hearing testing on-site even in the noisiest of environments. With the help of our individual and corporate supporters, we reach and assist many more children, adults, and seniors who are having speech and/or hearing difficulties.

Join us at one of our upcoming free events across North Florida for an informative lecture followed by free hearing screenings.


 

 

Date
Saturday March 5th, 2016

Location
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Downtown Campus

Time
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Giving Tuesday

Support JSHC on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday

This year on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

Last year more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #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 were thrilled to join the movement and THANK YOU for helping to get out the give by supporting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. We raised over $10,000 on #GivingTuesday and reached our campaign goal!

We need your continued support

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!




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JSHC Earns Designation as Certified Autism Center

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center (JSHC) has earned its certification of autism care from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This designation means that at least 80% of the JSHC staff has undergone a rigorous training process that will assist in providing speech pathology and audiology services for those who have autism. It is believed that the nonprofit is the first healthcare provider in North Florida to undergo this training for its staff.

“I’m extremely proud that our staff has stepped up to achieve this recognition,” said Mike Howland, President and CEO of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.  “Communication is a critical challenge for many people with autism and that is where we can help.”

“I strongly believe that creating professional partnerships that help care for those with autism and other sensory processing disorders improves the quality of care,” said Michelle Killian, Director of IBCCES.  “Disparities in patient-provider communication lower patient self-efficacy and usage of preventive services. This training can help eliminate that.” IBCCES was formed in 2001 and is the leading credentialing organization for professionals in the field of autism.Certified Autism Center

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

autism therapy jacksonvilleAutism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a wide range of symptoms and impairment levels.  According to a 2010 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control, one in 68 children in the US have the disorder.  It is five times more common among boys than girls.

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center was founded in 1949 by the Junior League of Jacksonville. Today this nonprofit, located at 1128 N. Laura St., serves children, adults and seniors providing screenings, evaluations and treatments in the areas of speech pathology and audiology.  Most major insurances are accepted. For more information contact us online or call 904-355-3403 to make an appointment. Make sure to Like Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center on Facebook!

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Growing Up With Hearing Loss: Trey’s Story

Trey, a Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center patient for over 20 years, shares his experience of growing up with hearing loss and explains how digital hearing aids have improved his social life and education.

Q: Trey shares his experience as a JSHC patient for 20+ years

Trey: My name is Trey and I am a client of the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. I’ve been going there since I was 2 years old and I’m 26 years old now. I’ve gone through their speech therapy, I’ve gotten hearing aids from them and they are all excellent. I enjoy going there. Dr. Mattson, my current audiologist at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, is excellent. She actually had given me my most current set of hearing aids. They work excellent, the hearing aids I have now. With this (Bluetooth) I can answer the phone through that.

Q: Trey explains how hearing aid technology helped him as a student.

Trey: The first set of hearing aids I had were analog, and now the ones I have are digital. The digital ones seem to be a little bit better. Now, with these hearing aids, they actually have Bluetooth I can connect to my cellphone or a microphone. With the microphone, if I’m in school, the teacher or the instructor can wear the microphone, and it helps me to hear the instructor better. There is a device that I can connect to the TV so I can hear the TV better. If anyone has that type of hearing loss, it’s very helpful.

Q: Trey explains how speech therapy and hearing aids have improved his life.

Trey: When I first started going there I was going through speech therapy. It has really helped me out. Now I can hear better, I can speak better, and with the hearing aids they gave me, I can hear better. As the years went on, I can speak better. That really helped me out quite a bit.

Q: A father shares his thoughts on parenting a child with hearing loss.

Trey’s Father: Trey has been going to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center since he was 2 years old. A lot of you may be asking why we decided to take him to speech and hearing. We noticed in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, there was not a lot of attentiveness. He wasn’t paying attention and even though we would speak to him, he wouldn’t respond. We decided to go on and have his hearing tested.

Obviously as a parent what you need to do is watch your child, make sure that when you are speaking to them they are actually responding to you, and they are responding not only with their eyes, but with their ears. They are turning and those kinds of things.

It is not a stigmatism to take your child to get hearing aids, it’s no different than taking them to get glasses. You need to pay attention to your child at an early age to make sure they get the attention and the help they need early on because it not only affects their hearing, it affects their speech. Their speech, obviously, is everything to them, especially when they get older, With Trey, we just noticed it early on and as a parent, you need to stay focused on your child.

Q: How having hearing tests and services on-site under one building provides convenience.

Trey: That is very helpful to me because that way I don’t have to drive to multiple places to get the testing done. They have their own closed booth for hearing tests and that is very helpful to me because I don’t like having to go all over town just to get that done.

Q: What digital hearing aid technology is important.

Trey: With digital technology, they can take the hearing aid and connect them to the computer to fine tune the hearing aids to match someone’s hearing loss a lot better than the analog ones. The analog ones take a lot of work to fine tune them but with the digital ones, it is a lot faster, better, and more accurate.

Q: Young people and hearing aids.

Trey: If someone has hearing aids, it is good to always be positive and not let other people bother you. Having hearing aids is just like having glasses. People wear glasses, some wear hearing aids, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Q: Having your ear mold and technicians on-site at JSHC provides convenience.

Trey: It is always good to have a technician right there at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center because then you don’t have to go all over town to have it done. You don’t necessarily need to see your audiologist for your ear mold, but since there is always a technician available at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, if there is something wrong with the ear mold or the tubing, you can just have them fix it, sometimes in just 15 minutes.

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.
Jaguars Give and Go Tickets

Jaguars Give & Go Ticket Offer

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Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center – Give & Go Program

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is participating in the Jaguars Give & Go Ticket Offer campaign in order to help raise money for the center. When you purchase tickets for Jaguars games through our individual page, JSHC will receive a percentage from each ticket sold. These are great deals on Jaguars tickets offering great prices! So, you save money on game day PLUS you support the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. It’s a WIN WIN!

Get the best deal on Jaguars tickets while supporting the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center! For every ticket purchased, JSHC will receive a donation of up to $30.

CLICK HERE to use our personalized link, which ensures that JSHC will receive a donation for every ticket purchased!

Go Jags!

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A Veteran’s Experience with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

tinnitus hyperacusis jacksonville veteransSGT. Gurgen Petrosyan of the U.S. Army Reserve was recently interviewed for his experience living with tinnitus and hyperacusis as well as getting treatment at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. SGT. Petrosyan shares his recommendations as well as information for anyone dealing with tinnitus and hyperacusis, including his fellow Veterans.

Q: Advice for Veterans that think they may have tinnitus and hyperacusis.

SGT. Petrosyan: The first thing is to go to a medical professional that understands what you are going through. For me, that is Dr. Mattson of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. Secondly, stay away from loud noise. The ear condition isn’t going to get better. You can only keep it the way it is or make it worse. I strongly suggest to stay away from loud noise and use masking devices that JSHC provides, and change your lifestyle to utilize the resources you have, such as medical professionals, family, and your own personal fortitude. Life is different now. Medical science can not fix it yet, but you can make sure it’s not downgraded to a lower state.

Q: What was your experience at JSHC like?

SGT. Petrosyan: As you may know, the VA wait time is about a month to a month and a half to see an audiologist. With this clinic, it’s just a few days and you can see your audiologist. When I met with Dr. Mattson, she truly understood what I was going through. To me, when an audiologist understands what I’m going through and I’m in safe hands. If a doctor says, “Just live with it”, as I’ve been told by other doctors, even VA audiologists, I have to motivate myself to overcome this condition.

With Dr. Mattson explained to me what I’m going through. She explained to me what can be done to normalize the situation. You cannot fix it completely, but you can make your quality of life improve. She fought to order resources for me. I have resources like musician earplugs to a special hearing aid and a request to my VA so I can use it for my daily life. She got this for me. She made the phone calls. She said “This Veteran needs this”. Lastly, her husband is a combat Veteran, and like I said earlier, she not only helps patients in her professional life but also in her personal life. She understands where the Vets come from and that is what would bring me back here again.

“I enjoy being an advocate for my patients that are veterans. To me, it’s about helping them get their life back on track. There is nothing greater than giving back to someone needing the same help. Usually, they are working towards getting back to work and feeling comfortable with being in public again. It’s a hard struggle for veterans with Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. These veterans often times have hidden injuries that they feel trapped with. Having the right support makes all the difference. “

Fenja Mattson, AuD, CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology
Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Q: Would you recommend JSHC to other veterans dealing with tinnitus and hyperacusis issues?

SGT. Petrosyan: Through all my experiences with different doctors, audiologists, and ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor) I believe strongly for the Vet: Army, Navy, or whatever branch of military you served, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is your best option and the best treatment that you will get, comparing to the Jacksonville VA, Gainesville, or civilians in Duval County.

I would ask for Dr. Mattson. She truly cares about Vets. There is no cure for our condition but there are things she can do for you and explain to you and give you that you can use daily to improve your quality of life. That’s what matters. The doctor cares. They know what you are going through. They can help you with what you are going through, and with that, I believe this is the best place for Vets to get treatment.

tinnitus hyperacusis jacksonville veteransQ: What caused you to seek treatment at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center?

SGT. Petrosyan: Since being discharged from active duty, Duval County is my home. I went to a few audiologists and I went to the VA, and most of the responses I got was “Live with it”. At that time, it was 2008-2009, and the technology wasn’t there for me to have it, but overall my experience with audiologists and ENTs (Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors) in Duval county was totally negative.

A year ago, I continued researching online to find which is the best clinic or who is the doctor that specializes in and understands tinnitus and hyperacusis. I came to a couple of audiologists in Duval County and I used a few of them. I found Dr. Mattson of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and saw that she specializes in hearing. At that time I came and met her. She doesn’t only have professional experience but a personal one since her husband is a combat Vet. I truly am blessed to be here and have her as an audiologist who can understand what I’m going through.

I wrote down what she did for me at that time, “Out of all the audiologists and ENT doctors in Duval County, including the VA, she is the primary person I would like to recommend you come and get treatment from. That’s the reason I chose this place.”

Q: What caused your tinnitus and hyperacusis?

SGT. Petrosyan: My first assignment in the military was infantry. In infantry, we are front line troops and you use your auditory system to survive in combat. Your auditory system is being used not just 12 hours a day, but 24 hours a day. You may sleep, but your auditory system is working in the background to make sure you’re not getting attacked. This is the condition for 11 months in a combat zone. Your auditory system is used and abused and if it doesn’t recover, there will be consequences to it. What happened to me by the end of deployment was that everything was loud to me. Everything was bright and then the ringing came. It would go on for 10-15 seconds and I couldn’t really figure out where it came from.

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

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Jacksonville Magazine Article on Hearing Loss and Technology

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

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Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center in June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine, published by Jacksonville Magazine.

In the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine published by Jacksonville Magazine, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is spotlighted in an article titled “Can You Hear Me Now?”

The article focuses on how important technology can be in overcoming hearing loss. In it, two professional communicators explain how hearing loss has impacted their careers and work and the role of technology in helping them overcome the associated challenges.

We are so proud to share this spotlight moment with our supporters and to share this story on hearing loss and technology! Please check out the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine. We’re on page 20&21.

 

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Swimmer’s Ear: What Moms Need to Know About Swimming & Ear Issues

This summer, kids will spend lots of time in the pool and playing in the ocean. If you’re a parent, you may be all too familiar with the pain and discomfort in your child’s ears after a long weekend of swimming. Depending on your child’s age, the symptoms they exhibit may vary, but the result is the same: pain, inflammation and even infection can set in. By being informed of the causes, prevention and treatment options, you can hopefully reduce the chance of having to deal with swimmer’s ear.

Swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is a painful inflammation and infection of the ear canal. While anyone can get otitis externa from a variety of causes, it is most often seen in children and caused by water getting in the ear from activities such as swimming- hence the name. Unfortunately, once someone has had swimmer’s ear, they are likely to get it again.

Signs and Symptoms

The main symptom of swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is ear pain. It can be quite severe and usually gets worse when the outer part of the ear is pulled or pressed; it may also be painful when chewing. For children, swelling of the ear canal might make them complain of a full feeling or discomfort in the ear. The outer part of the ear may become red or swollen, and the lymph nodes around the ear could become large and possibly tender. There could also be drainage of clear, odorless fluid.

If left untreated symptoms could get worse, resulting in temporary hearing loss. This is caused by pus and debris or swelling of the canal which blocks the passage of sound into the ear.

Causes of Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear can occur when water, sand, dirt, or other common debris gets inside the ear canal. Other possible causes include:

  • A very narrow or hairy ear canal
  • Bubble baths, soaps, and shampoos that get in the ear canal
  • Earwax stuck in the ear canal (impacted) due to use of cotton swabs that may push the earwax deeper into the ear canal
  • Exostoses, or bony overgrowths in the ear canal
  • Headphones or hearing aids inserted into the ear
  • Scratching the ear canal with a cotton swab, bobby pin, fingernail, or other sharp object
  • Skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea
  • Sweating

Preventing Swimmer’s Ear

Follow these suggestions to prevent swimmer’s ear.

  • Always dry the ears well, tilting the head to both sides to drain water from the ear canal after water activities such as swimming or bath time.
  • Use over-the-counter ear drops that contain acetic acid or alcohol, which help prevent infection when used after swimming. Only use if the eardrums are still intact.
  • Do not put objects into ears or attempt to clean them, including cotton-tipped swabs.

Treating Swimmer’s Ear

Since otitis externa is an infection in a hard to reach and delicate place, it should be treated by a doctor. Place a warm washcloth or heating pad against the affected ear and use Acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease discomfort until seeing the doctor. Wear a shower cap while showering or bathing to prevent more water getting in the ear. Your doctor may also recommend earplugs for water activities.

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center wants to make sure you get the facts about swimmer’s ear so you and your family can have a safe and healthy summer. Swimmer’s ear can be very painful, and sometimes even serious. If you suspect swimmer’s ear, get it checked out and treated by a doctor.

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