Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Center Clients Now See What Audiologists See

Dr. Rebecca Frazier, standing, uses the
video otoscope on a clinic patient. 
For the first time, audiologists at the Center for Hearing & Speech are using a video otoscope.

The video otoscope projects images of the inner ear on to a computer screen. Patients can see fluid behind the eardrum, wax buildup, an ear infection and whether or not there are structural problems with the eardrum.   

By allowing patients to see the same images of their inner ears as the audiologist, potential treatments for hearing deficits are easier to understand and to follow through, according to Dr. Rebecca Frazier, the Center’s chief audiologist.

“It’s a fantastic addition to our clinic and a better way of explaining to our patients what’s going on,” Frazier said.

Now patients can take pictures of inner ear issues to their physicians for follow-up care when necessary.

The equipment, worth hundreds of dollars, was donated to the Center by Cindy Modrosic, an audiologist who owns Professional Hearing Center in Union, Missouri.

The Center can be reached at 314-968-4710 or check it out on the web at

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that in 2013 donated $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding areas.

It is a proud member of the United Way and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award in October.

The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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