About Us

The Center for Hearing & Speech improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay, and continually striving to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region.

Founded in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing, the agency originally focused on the social and financial needs of people with hearing loss. By the 1930’s it had developed into a full service Audiology clinic offering community education and screenings, evaluations, and treatment options for those with hearing problems. In 1965, the agency added services to individuals with speech disorders. In 1969, the Center developed the School Screening Program to provide hearing and vision tests for area students. The Center’s services expanded over the years to include diagnostic testing and the dispensing of hearing aids in 1975. Today, the Center is an established and unique facility for Audiology and Speech Pathology, serving over 10,000 individuals annually.

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