Sertoma Club Honored for Speech and Hearing Center Donation

University Health Care Foundation honored a $21,000 donation from the North Augusta Sertoma Club with a room dedication at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 31 at University Hospital’s Speech and Hearing Center at 1430 Harper St.

The funds donated to University’s Speech and Hearing Center paid for the creation of a new testing room, which includes all the décor for the room as well as state-of-the-art Integrity V500 equipment for pediatric testing.

“University Hospital has a very large universal newborn hearing screening program, and we provide follow-up testing on newborns who are at risk for hearing loss,” said Gloria Garner, Au.D, Director of Audiology at University’s Speech and Hearing Center. Our investment in the Integrity V500 Auditory Diagnostic System will allow us to investigate hearing loss with fewer barriers, Dr. Garner said.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about two to three out of every 1,000 U.S. children are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears, which makes programs such as University’s Speech and Hearing Center vital in early childhood development.

The V500 manufacturer touts the equipment as “being a non-sedated way of detecting hearing loss, there are fewer patient risks, shorter testing times, and lower costs. The convenience of its wireless capabilities proves the Integrity V500 to be a necessary advancement.”

Interventions will occur at quicker rates, providing our patients with hearing aids or cochlear implants when needed, Dr. Garner said.

 “(The Sertoma Club’s) contribution has given us the opportunity to provide greater quality healthcare to our patients,” she said. I had a vision to create a beautiful space for pediatric evaluation and for counseling families of children with hearing loss; they were willing to fund this project.”