News and Updates from the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center

JSHC #GivingTuesday

Help Support JSHC This #GivingTuesday (December 3)!

A Global Day of Giving

#GivingTuesday #PinDownCommunication

This year on Tuesday, December 3, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Our goal is to raise $17,500—funds that will provide 500 members of our community in-need with free speech and hearing screenings

These screenings will provide the basis for individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs to overcome the communication difficulties that hinder their ability to thrive socially, academically, and professionally. With your support, we can help people speak, we can help people hear, and, most importantly, we can help people be heard. 

For the past 70 years, we have provided life-changing services that enable children with communication disorders to start kindergarten on level with their peers, adults who have lost their job due to hearing loss to obtain the hearing aids necessary for them to return to the workforce, and veterans overcome service-related hearing challenges as they transition into civilian life.

In honor of our 70th Anniversary, this #GivingTuesday will feature special edition 70th anniversary button pins designed by children in our community. For every $70 that you donate to our #GivingTuesday efforts, you will receive a complimentary button pin that you can proudly wear to demonstrate your commitment to helping us #PinDownCommunication on the First Coast.  

Through your gift, you will truly be making a difference in our patients’ lives and in our community. You can contribute to our cause by donating via our website’s “Donate” button below, our official #GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser, cash, or checks made out to the “Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.” Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

For any #GivingTuesday-related questions, please contact Emily Wasek at EWasek@shcjax.org or (904) 717-6933.

 

Please take a moment to share this with your friends, family and connections.

You’ll be providing a favor to your connections by letting them know about a life-changing opportunity. You’ll be providing a favor to us by helping us get more visibility for our cause. But most importantly, you’ll be providing a favor to Northeast Florida’s community by helping our children gain the gift of communication.

Thank you!

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Best Hearing Aid Center - Bold City Best

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Wins “Best Hearing Aid Center!”

We are proud to announce that the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center won “Best Hearing Aid Center” at this year’s 2019 Bold City Best Awards! These awards recognize the best local businesses in the First Coast, with the winners decided by a community vote. We were also one of the Top 5 nonprofits in the area to receive recognition in the “Best Local Nonprofit” category. 

We are incredibly honored to receive this award from the community that we have served since 1949. This recognition would not have been possible without the ongoing support of our patients, our community partners, and our Board of Directors. 

So, thank you to all who voted for us! While we may have been voted “Bold City Best,” our greatest joy is continuing to serve Bold City’s Best each and every day.

Bold City Best - Best Hearing Aid Center

JSHC Pindown Contest

Pin Down Communication Contest

Put Your Artistic Skills on Display!

In honor of our 70th Anniversary, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is holding a #PinDownCommunication art contest for patients and community members. All entrants are encouraged to submit an original design for special edition pins celebrating our 70 years of service!

Voting is Open! (Voting Ends on November 20th)

Vote for your top 3 designs by clicking the link below.

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Back to School Hearing

Prepping for back-to-school? Don’t forget hearing!

Can you hear the back-to-school bell? 

It’s August, and that means pretty soon the kids will be saying goodbye to the summer vacation and saying hello to homework, books, and new schedules. We all want our kids to do well in school, but sometimes they struggle.

What if your child wasn’t able to hear as well as the other children? Did you know that hearing issues share many of the same symptoms as ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)? Read more

Can Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?

Can Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?

How Allergies Impact Hearing

When the immune system responds to allergens, it creates antibodies that discharge histamine and create an unfavorably susceptible reaction. The subsequent wheezing, tingling, and congestion expands bodily fluid creation, which can cause conductive hearing loss. 

Conductive hearing loss happens when something, such as liquid or earwax, keeps sound waves from moving through the ear and into the minor bones of the center ear. Conductive hearing loss isn’t permanent. However, it does make hearing more difficult.  Read more

5 Tips to Protect Your Hearing this Summer

5 Tips to Protect Your Hearing This Summer

Summer is Hear 😉

The kids are out of school and the weather is hot. There are many summer activities we all love, but it’s important to know that some of them can contribute to hearing loss. Typically, hearing loss is the result of exposure and time. Limiting exposure to loud noises over time will help maintain your hearing throughout your life. When it comes to protecting your hearing, it’s important to find moderation. You can attend summer activities that include high decibel sound, but also take steps to protect your hearing. Read more

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Certified Autism Center

Support Autism Awareness Month

Support Autism Awareness Month

Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness Month? This month, we’re joining in to support Autism awareness. As the first healthcare provider in Northeast Florida to become a Certified Autism Center, we strive to participate as an advocate for all those who identify as part of the autism spectrum. Read more

Speech Therapy for Elders in Jacksonville

Speech Therapy for the Elderly

Speech Therapy for the Elderly

Regardless of the age, the ability to communicate effectively is important. However, for seniors, this learned skill is critical. If seniors can’t successfully describe what they need in a particular situation, they may not get the help they need during an emergency situation. Contrary to children who may have similar communication issues, seniors require immediate medical attention due to their vulnerable and fragile physical condition. Fortunately, seniors are more likely to receive the help they need during medical emergencies when they receive effective speech therapy.

Speech therapy for the elderly can assist seniors with speech issues that are caused by the natural aging process. The therapy uses proven vocal exercises that have been shown to help seniors learn to speak and communicate effectively again after suffering from health issues such as stroke, dementia, head injury, and cancer.
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Jacksonville Hearing Loss Disability

Hearing Loss: The Hidden Disability

Hearing Loss: The Hidden Disability

Despite how damaged one’s auditory system may be, it’s difficult to recognize that a person is hard of hearing by simply looking at them. That’s why hearing loss is considered a common invisible disability, and often times, the condition is greatly misunderstood by others.

For example, if you’re hard of hearing and ask people to repeat themselves for the third or fourth time in a row, they’re more likely to be frustrated with you rather than empathetic. This reaction is likely because if people are unable to physically see your hearing loss, they’re less likely to conceptualize the difficulties you’re experiencing.
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