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Speech and Hearing Center offers free tests

Speech and Hearing Center offers free tests

March 26
22:59 2013

Daniel Bissell / Staff Writer

The Speech and Hearing Center provides free testing and therapy for UNT students who experience speech or hearing deficiencies. Administrative Coordinator Donald Noska said the center’s services are free of charge to all UNT students.

“We’ve got a lot of people on campus who may be musicians who are around loud instrument amplifiers, or veterans who have been around artillery fire,” Noska said “So if they’ve got ringing around their ears that doesn’t stop, we can evaluate the problem and try to find a solution,”  Noska said.

The center also provides students with auditory evaluations for free, Noska said.

“In addition to hearing services, we offer a full range of speech and language evaluations and therapy,” Noska said. “We’ve had students come in for stuttering and speakers of English as a second language.”

Noska said the center also offers a free program to help students who are new to English adjust to the language and hone their accents.

“We have what’s called the dialect group, which is essentially an accent-reduction program that helps non-native speakers adapt to the English language,” Noska said.

Noska said that it is possible for a person to live with a hearing deficiency without being aware of the condition. He said getting an evaluation can help to eliminate auditory problems and can benefit students in many ways, such as the increased ability to pay attention in class.

“Some people are born with a slight hearing loss, and if they’ve always had that deficiency, they might think their hearing level is normal – what everybody else hears – when that is not the case,” Noska said.

The center saw about 250 students last year, the majority of patients was made up of the elderly from Denton.

UNT students experiencing health issues or concerns are also granted access to the Health and Wellness Center’s services.

Outreach supervisor Kerry Stanhope said students pay a fee on a semester basis for the center’s services.

“That covers the office visit charge to see our general providers, as well as other programs including health education consultations, condom club and health education programs and events,” Stanhope said.

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