USA Speech and Hearing Center
The University of South Alabama Speech and Hearing Center is operated and maintained as a clinical instruction facility of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions. The Center serves two primary purposes: to provide services in speech, language and hearing to citizens of Mobile and surrounding areas, and to provide the supervised clinical experiences needed by the students for graduation and to obtain professional licensure/certification. Because the USA Speech and Hearing Center functions as a service facility and teaching facility, activities and procedures address both purposes. Diagnostic and treatment services in speech, language and hearing are provided to persons of all ages and with all types of speech-language and hearing disorders.
The University of South Alabama Speech and Hearing Center is offering limited speech-language pathology services via telepractice for the benefit of clients and students. Clients will be contacted on an individual basis as appointments become available. To help prepare for the telepractice service delivery model, clients, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to refer to the SLP Client Resources.
Individuals of all ages receive assessment and intervention services at the USA Speech and Hearing Center. The following list of the speech, language and hearing assessment services are available:
- Audiological Evaluations
- Electrophysiological Testing (ABR, AARB, ECoG, ENG)
- Otoacoustic Emissions Testing
- Auditory Processing Evaluations
- Hearing Aid and Assistive Device Evaluations
- Hearing Aid and Assistive Device Dispensing
- Assessment of Cochlear Implant Candidacy
- Cochlear Implant Mapping
- Speech and Language Evaluations
- Voice Diagnostics (Laryngo Videostroboscopy)
- Swallowing Diagnostics
The Center offers intervention services for the following disorders:
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Language Problems
- Articulation Problems
- Voice Problems
- Dysphagia (Swallowing Problems)
The following special intervention programs are also offered:
- Audiologic (Re)habilitation
The policies established for the Speech and Hearing Center are consistent with policies
established by the university, college and department. Center policies also follow
the Scopes of Practice in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and the Code of Ethics established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. No discrimination
is made according to ethnic origin, gender, age, religion or disability in evaluation
and treatment of clients.
The Privacy Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) took effect April 14, 2003. Although client confidentiality has always been a priority at the Center, the new federal regulations mandated that the Center, being a Covered Entity, establish further safeguards for protected health information (PHI). In compliance with HIPAA, all faculty and staff, as well as students involved directly or indirectly with client care, receive training regarding the Privacy Rules. Additionally, the Center makes available to each client a Notice of Patient Privacy.
USA Speech and Hearing Center is operated in association with two graduate degree programs, the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology, which are both accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Changes in policies and procedures of the USA Speech and Hearing Center will be made from time to time in order to maintain compliance with accreditation requirements.
- Audiology Adult Case History Form
- Audiology Child Case History Form
- PHI Consent Form
- Speech Adult Case History Form
- Speech Child Case History Form
- Insurance Form
- Obtaining and/or Disclosing PHI Form
- Personal Representative PHI Form
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