As part of National Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, the Center for Hearing & Speech will host its annual “Free Clinic Day” on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free hearing and speech screenings are part of Free Clinic Day at the Center, located at 9835 Manchester Road in Rock Hill.  Although this is a FREE event, appointments are required and can be made by calling 314-737-5091.  Free vision, hearing and speech screenings will be available for children ages 3 and older, and adults can receive free hearing screenings, and even try on a temporary hearing aid.

The Center’s certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) will offer speech and language screenings for children ages 3 years and older.  Screenings determine whether a perceived speech and/or language problem exists and requires further evaluation.  Screenings last between 15 minutes to 30 minutes per child.

During Free Clinic Day, parents have an opportunity to talk with speech-language pathologists and doctors of audiology from the Center.

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States; approximately 260,000 people in the St. Louis area have some type of hearing deficit. During National Better Hearing and Speech Month, efforts are made to draw attention to more than 28 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss, a number expected to double by 2030.

More than 40 million Americans suffer from communication disorders of any kind, constituting the nation’s No. 1 disability.  According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (1998), children from low-income families had greater high-frequency hearing loss (16.3 percent) than children from middle-income families (12.7 percent) or children from high-income families (7.9 percent).

Between 8 percent and 9 percent of young children suffer from speech disorders.  Additionally, a growing number of teens and kids are damaging their hearing by prolonged exposure to loud noise such as music, video games or noisy environments including concerts, sporting events, fireworks displays and auto races.

The Center is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. A proud member of the United Way, the Center was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s 2014 TORCH Award, which is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” says the BBB.

The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat and help St. Louisans with communication disorders by offering speech/language and audiology services to children and adults, regardless of whether they have insurance and/or financial resources to afford such care. For additional information, call 314-968-4710, visit