Friday, July 17, 2015

Center Introduces Friday Audiologist Hours at Affinia

Audiology services at Affinia Health Center on Biddle Street in downtown St. Louis have been expanded from one day a week to two days a week, thanks to ongoing support from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) and additional support from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust (EPHT).

Now in the second year of the partnership of providing these services at this federally-qualified health center (formerly known as Grace Hill Murphy-O’Fallon Health Center), Center audiologists now are providing hearing evaluations and fitting hearing aids on Fridays. This extra day is in addition to hours begun in 2013 on Tuesdays.

Friday service means that clients living in north St. Louis City have more access to caring audiologists and state-of-the-art audiology services in a more convenient and timely manner. It’s definitely needed since client appointment rosters were booked for weeks in advance. The extra day will help alleviate an appointment back log.

“We are grateful to the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust that allow us to continue to diagnose and treat hearing loss in the city of St. Louis,” said Dr. Rebecca Frazier, the Center’s chief audiologist. “These funds make the gift of hearing affordable, thereby enriching our patients’ family and work lives.”

Thanks to the awarding of a generous seed grant by EPHT in 2013, the Center was able to offer audiology services for north City senior citizens a different north City Grace Hill facility. Later that year, multi-year funding was obtained through MFH to offer these services to local residents of all ages, including children, one day a week. These services were moved to the former Grace Hill Murphy O’Fallon facility in 2014 that could better serve clientele requiring audiology help. With the latest EPHT funding, the Center’s audiology team can provide this additional day of service for low-income residents throughout 2015. MFH funding for this partnership is pledged through 2017.

Audiology appointments can be made at the Center for Hearing and Speech by calling 314-968-4710.

 The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has donated $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.  It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award. 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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