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

Let’s Tackle Hearing and Speech Issues this May

Let’s tackle hearing and speech issues this May

 

Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to create understanding about communication disorders and how common they are. If you or a loved one experiences hearing or speech issues, visiting our clinic is not only normal, but encouraged! 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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Stuttering Helpful tips for your child Jacksonville

Stuttering: 6 Helpful Tips for Your Child

Stuttering

Also known as a form of dysfluency, stuttering is an interruption in the flow of speech. When children stutter, they’re usually repeating certain phrases, sounds, syllables, and words. Although it’s normal for children between the ages of two and five to stutter, children who stutter past five years old may need special treatment for this language disorder.

Stuttering: how to help my child

The Causes of Stuttering

Many experts believe that there are four primary factors that cause this condition.

  1. Genetics: Approximately 60 percent of people who stutter have a family member who also has this condition than those without.
  2. Child Development: Children with other developmental delays and language or dysfluency problems are more susceptible to this condition.
  3. Neurophysiology: Most children who stutter process language in a different area of the brain than other children. Because of the different way that the brain processes language, such differences in language processing also affects the muscles that control speech.
  4. Family Dynamics: Children who come from a family with a fast-paced lifestyle are also more likely to stutter.

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