News and Updates from the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center

GivingTuesday 2020

Support JSHC This #GivingTuesday (December 1)!

On Tuesday, December 1, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday2020, a global day dedicated to giving. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000—funds that will enable us to provide 428 people in our community with speech and hearing screenings.

These screenings will provide the basis for individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs to receive the essential care that they require in order to effectively communicate.

For more than 70 years, we’ve provided life-changing services that enable children with speech disorders to start kindergarten on level with their peers, adults with hearing loss to remain active members of the workforce with the help of hearing aids, and veterans to overcome service-related hearing challenges as they transition into civilian life.

We work to care for everyone who needs our help, regardless of ability to pay.

Over the past year, the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 have further emphasized the importance of being able to communicate with the world around us. In a time of physical distancing, the ability to speak and hear is a major component of what keeps us connected. It allows us to express how we’re feeling, listen to others, and be heard within our community.

Help Our #JSHTree Grow!

This year’s #GivingTuesday focuses on the importance of community and how, despite the challenges we face, together we can open a world of communication for those in need.

In the spirit of the giving season, we’ll be creating a virtual giving tree to showcase the collective impact of your giving! With each gift, each donor’s name will be added as a leaf to our virtual #JSHTree to symbolize how shared generosity helps our mission grow stronger.

Updates of the #JSHTree’s progress will be shared on social media throughout the day, and after #GivingTuesday2020 ends, you’ll receive your own copy of our final #JSHTree with your thank you note!

With your gift, you’ll not only be helping our virtual tree grow, but our patients continue to grow in confidence and independence through high-quality, compassionate speech and audiology care.

You can contribute to our cause by donating via our website’s “Donate” button, 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 or (919) 760-3650.

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

Looking for a way to stay safe AND stylish during COVID-19? Come join us on Thursday, August 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm for our socially-distanced Masks, Makeup, and Moscow Mules fundraiser!

Renowned makeup artist & photographer Reneé Parenteau invites you into her studio to learn the makeup secrets needed to look flawless while wearing a face mask. 

For $50, each guest will receive a professional makeup tutorial and bottomless Moscow mules! 

Spots are limited to ONLY 20 guests due to social distancing, so make sure to secure your spot before tickets sell out! To purchase tickets, please visit our Facebook or Eventbrite Event. 

Questions? Please contact Jackie Culver at or (904) 717-6930.

Makeup, Masks, & Moscow Mules

speech hearing issues children

Hearing and Speech Issues in Children: FAQs

Hearing and Speech Issues are Common in Children

Hearing and speech issues are quite common in children, and can manifest in a number of ways. Understandably, this ambiguity can be concerning for parents, especially with all of the unknowns. 

But it’s important to remember that these issues are usually manageable and treatable, especially with early intervention. That’s why it’s vital for the parents of young children to be well-informed on hearing and speech issues so they know all of their options. 

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

Hearing and Speech Issues in Children: FAQs

With that in mind, let’s answer some common questions that you may have about hearing and speech issues in children. 

Q: Do hearing and speech issues affect learning?

Learning takes place through the process of communication. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. If a child is unable to understand or respond to these “languages” appropriately, it could have a major impact on their future success both inside and outside of the classroom. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are four major ways in which hearing and speech issues affect children:

  1. It causes delays 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-esteem.
  4. It may have an impact on vocational choices.

Q: Do hearing and speech issues affect performance at school?

Children with speech and 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, attending school regularly, 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 to ensure a child gets the necessary speech-language support?

Any student who shows signs of speech and hearing issues or delays should be referred by parents or school personnel to their school-based Child Study Team (CST). A Child Study Team is a group of educational and health care professionals who will work with you to identify your child’s learning needs and strategies to ensure his or her academic success. 

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?

Some common signs of hearing loss in children may include: 

  • Hearing fine some of the time and then not responding at other times
  •  Wanting the TV volume louder than other members of the family
  •  Starting to speak more loudly than they have previously
  •  Saying “What?” or “I didn’t hear you” more often than normal
  • Moving one ear forward when listening
  • Complaining they can only hear out of a certain ear
  • Falling grades or teacher observations that they don’t seem to hear or respond as well in the classroom as other children
  • Appearing to not pay attention
  • Looking at you intensely when you speak to them as though concentrating

These signs are just some of the many indicators that your child could have hearing loss. If you have noticed any of these signs or have additional concerns, ask your doctor for a referral.

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 the hearing loss is identified, the audiologist will determine if the loss requires referral to a specialized physician or can be managed with hearing aids.

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

The most common speech and language disorders that affect school-age children include: 

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 such as 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: Difficulty with 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?

You can 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. In addition, make sure to have their hearing regularly tested by an audiologist.

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

While this post was focused on hearing and speech issues in children, we also cover speech therapy for the elderly in this article.

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

Did you learn a lot from this article? Don’t miss these other posts on hearing and speech issues either: 

This article was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.

JSHC Receives IBCCES Telepractice Certification

IBCCES Telepractice Certification

JSHC Receives IBCCES Telepractice Certification!

We are proud to announce that the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is the first speech and hearing center in Florida to certify its staff in teletherapy through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

To earn Telepractice Certification, staff underwent comprehensive training on how to create a conducive teletherapy environment, protect patients’ online privacy, troubleshoot technological issues, and remotely collaborate with patients and their families.

By receiving virtual care from a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist, patients are able to receive the same quality care that they would otherwise receive in-office from the comfort of their homes. Both speech and audiology care are available through our telepractice program.

This certification also makes our team uniquely qualified to provide online care to patients with special needs that is in-compliance with the IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA. Such qualifications are essential when remotely serving students in the public school system who rely upon regular speech therapy sessions as part of their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

To learn more about our telepractice program and how you can receive healthcare at home, please click here.

Lauren Blunk - IBCCES Certification

Bold City Best - Vote for Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Bold City Best 2020

Please Vote JSHC “Best Hearing Aid Center” and “Best Local Non Profit!”

Last year, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center was honored to win “Best Hearing Aid Center” as part of the 2019 Bold City Best Awards after a competitive community vote.

This year, we’re striving to defend our title as “Best Hearing Aid Center” and pick up a new title as “Best Local Non Profit Organization” for the 2020 Bold City Best Awards! However, we can’t win without your support.

Please vote for the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center as “Best Hearing Aid Center” (under the “Health & Wellness” category), and “Best Local Non Profit Organization” (under the “Things to Do & Places to Be” category) at!

Voting runs from Monday, June 22-Sunday, August 2. Thank you in advance for your vote!

JSHC Wins Bold City Best

Speech & Hear Cheer-A-Thon

#GivingTuesdayNow Speech & Hear Cheer-A-Thon

Join Us on May 5 for Our #GivingTuesdayNow Speech & Hear Cheer-A-Thon!  The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is excited to be joining thousands of nonprofits on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 as part of #GivingTuesdayNow. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving designed to drive an influx of generosity, civic engagement, and community support […]

FUNraiser at Culhane's Irish Pub

6th Annual Winter FUNraiser

Join us for our 6th Annual Winter FUNRaiser at Culhane’s!

Enjoy some fun with friends while supporting JSHC’s mission! On Friday, February 21st, JSHC will be holding its 6th Annual Winter FUNraiser at Culhane’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Atlantic Beach! For $10, you’ll receive a drink ticket, raffle ticket, and hearing screening. The event officially runs from 5:00-7:30 pm, with karaoke beginning at 8:00 pm.

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#PinDownCommunication Art Contest Winners

#PinDownCommunication Art Contest Winners! November 21, 2019 In honor of our 70th Anniversary, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center held a #PinDownCommunication Art Contest for patients and community members. Students (grades Pre-K through 12) participated from all across Northeast Florida and submitted a total of 54 entries celebrating our 70 years of service.