MISSION & HISTORY
The Center for Hearing & Speech is transforming lives through caring, personalized, and innovative programs that empower communication.
We are creating a world where there is open access to communication services for all.
Founded in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing, the Center originally focused on the social and financial needs of people with hearing loss.
By the 1930’s the Center had developed into a full service audiology clinic offering community education and screenings, evaluations, and treatment options for those with hearing problems.
In 1965, it began offering speech-language services.
By 1969, the Center developed the School Screening Program to provide hearing and vision tests for area students.
In 1972 the Center established its Hearing Conservation Program, a program protecting workers from hearing loss in high-noise work environments.
The Center’s services expanded over the years to include diagnostic testing and the dispensing of hearing aids in 1975.
Now nearly 100 years later, the Center is an established and unique facility for audiology and speech-language pathology, serving more than 15,000 individuals annually.