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Hearing exams offered at Unified Clinics

May 5, 2010

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

The exams are provided by professional audiologists in the clinic, located in the WMU Unified Clinics on the third and fourth floors of the University Medical and Health Services Center, 1000 Oakland Drive. The clinic offers a full range of evaluation services for all ages, which are covered for WMU employees, their dependents and retirees who participate in the Community Blue PPO health plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

More than 21 million infants, children and adults in America suffer from some degree of hearing loss that can go unsuspected until the sounds of daily life fade. The clinic urges people to schedule a hearing exam to determine if they have a hearing impairment and begin treatment or get a baseline measurement of their current hearing acuity.

You may have hearing loss if you:

  • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves
  • Often turn your ear toward a sound to hear better  
  • Understand people better when you wear your glasses or look directly at their faces
  • Lose your place in group conversations
  • Keep the volume on your radio or TV at a level others say is too loud
  • Have 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."

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Unified Clinics at (269) 387-8047. Weekday and Monday evening appointments are available.

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

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