Fall Risk Screening Days

The George Ishler Wellness Lab is taking precautionary measures against the recent COVID-19 outbreak and has decided to cancel the upcoming Fall Risk and Hearing Screening originally scheduled for Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Western Michigan University Adult Wellness Programs will offer two Fall Risk Screening days this semester.

Faculty and students from Western Michigan University’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences will be providing free fall risk screenings to promote awareness of some modifiable fall risk factors and their prevention. Screenings will address hearing, vestibular (inner ear balance), standing balance and mobility.

Nearly 30% of Michigan residents over 65 years fall each year. Falls are costly and a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. However, falls may be prevented when risk factors are identified and action is taken.

Dates of walk-in screenings:

- Friday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No appointments necessary. Screenings are free. All screenings will take place in the Ishler Wellness Lab in the Adult Wellness Programs building located at 110 W. Cork St. in Kalamazoo. Map

Drs. Criter and Eminhizer will be supervising their graduate students as they provide the screenings.


Dr. Robin Criter

Robin Criter, Au.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University. She earned her B.S. from Saint Louis University and her Au.D. from the University of Iowa. She completed a year-long clinical externship at the Mayo Clinic in Florida prior to completing her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Criter’s current clinical and research interests include establishing audiology’s role in fall risk assessment and prevention in older adult patients and exploring how factors such as hearing impact everyday balance maintenance and potential future fall risk.

Dr. Alyssa Eminhizer

Alyssa Eminhizer, Au.D., is a Clinical Faculty Specialist in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University.  She earned her B.S. from Purdue University and her Au.D. from WMU.  Dr. Eminhizer sees patients and supervises graduate and undergraduate student clinicians at the Charles Van Riper Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at WMU, where she specializes in adult diagnostic hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings.

For more information about falls, visit www.ncoa.org or www.cdc.gov.