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Hearing screenings offered at WMU Unified Clinics

May 12, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is encouraging the University community to schedule hearing exams in May during Better Hearing and Speech Month.

The screenings and other comprehensive speech and audiology services are covered under the WMU Health Services Plan and available to WMU employees and retirees enrolled in the University's Community Blue PPO Health Plan.

In addition to WMU employees, the hearing clinic's services are available to residents throughout Southwest Michigan, from newborns to senior citizens. To set up an appointment, call (269) 387-8047.

An estimated 28 million Americans have a hearing loss that can be treated.

Telltale signs of hearing loss

  • Frequently asking people to repeat themselves
  • Having to turn your ear toward a sound to hear it better
  • Understanding people better when looking directly at their faces
  • Losing your place in group conversations
  • Keeping your TV or radio at a volume others say is too loud
  • Pain or ringing in your ears

"People who see themselves in these statements should see an audiologist for a hearing test," says Dr. Teresa Crumpton, audiologist and coordinator of audiology services at the Van Riper Clinic. "Even a very slight hearing loss can have an impact on your daily life. Hearing loss is treatable, and there is no reason for anyone to miss all the important sounds of life."

An annual hearing checkup is recommended for people age 45 and up according to audiologists, the professionals who specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing and treating hearing disorders.

Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic

The Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is located in the WMU Unified Clinics office on the fourth floor of the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, 1000 Oakland Drive.

The WMU Unified Clinics participate in many insurance plans and offer services on a sliding pay scale as needed. In addition to treating hearing loss, the clinics offer other health care services provided through clinical programs attached to the College of Health and Human Services. More information on the WMU Unified Clinics is available online.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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