News Archive

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University is pleased to share accomplishments and updates on its faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Increase your aphasia awareness

Aphasia, a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to use and process speech, is quite common, with about two million Americans living with it and upwards of 80,000 Americans acquiring the disorder each year. However, many people are not aware of it. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, and the Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program in the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is observing the month with the National Aphasia Association and Lingraphica, a health care technology company. To increase your aphasia awareness please visit Faces of Aphasia and also view this video.

Newsletter available
A Fall 2014 issue of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology Network News is available.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology forms alumni board
With the leadership of Donna Oas ’66, the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology has recently formed an alumni board. Emeritae Mary Ida Hunt and Karen Seelig, alumna Logan Brown, and current faculty member Kathy Hillenbrand served with Oas on a planning committee, which met to develop goals and procedures for the board.

2014 Van Riper Lecture Series
Oct. 9 and 10, 2014

Whistles may harm hearing, study shows
A study by audiology graduate student Nathan Williams and Professor Gregory Flamme shows that referees were much more likely to report symptoms of ringing in the ears and trouble hearing than people of the same age in the general population. The study, "Sports Officials’ Hearing Status: Whistle Use as a Factor Contributing to Hearing Trouble," was published in January in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 

Photo of Yvette Hyter.Professor Hyter honored as American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology Professor Yvette D. Hyter was honored as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the association’s 2013 convention in November.