Monday, May 06, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Assistant to the Dean, College of Health Professions (304) 696-7153

MU Speech and Hearing Center offers free screenings to celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center will offer free speech, language and hearing screenings on Wednesday, May 15, to celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month.

Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month each May to raise public awareness of speech and language disorders that affect 14 million Americans.

Pam Holland, director of clinical education in the Marshall department of communication disorders, said speech and language disorders can take many forms and can limit academic achievement, social adjustment and career advancement.

“Fortunately, most people with speech and language problems can be helped and even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach people strategies to help them cope,” Holland said. “People may not fully regain their capacity to speak and understand, but a speech-language pathologist can help them live more independently.”

Holland said many people do not realize speech-language pathologists are the professionals who treat all types of speech, language and related disorders such as feeding and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, private practice, hospitals, clinics and other health and education settings.

“These individuals hold at least a master’s degree and are certified by the ASHA,” Holland said. “In West Virginia, they also are licensed by the state.”

The Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center will be offering several free services in May.  Anyone interested in participating in one of the screenings or events may contact the speech and hearing center at 304-696-3641.

Wednesday, May 15
By appointment only – Call 304-696-3641
Speech, language and hearing screenings for Marshall faculty members, staff and their families as well as the families in the Tri-state will be offered.
Contacts: Pam Holland, Karen McNealy

Tuesday, May 21
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Seminar for parents and coaches related to concussion prevention and treatment will be
Contacts: Bev Miller, Nicole Campbell

Tuesday, May 28
1- 3:30 p.m.
A seminar on bullying prevention and intervention in Communication Sciences and Disorders for parents and professionals will be offered.
Contacts: Craig Coleman, Emma Searls

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. To learn more about this organization, please visit

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197