Children’s Mercy Hospital Hearing and Speech Clinic
The Hearing and Speech Clinic has a staff of qualified pediatric experts. The clinic is dedicated to giving its patients the best quality services possible by using the most current evidence-based practices and procedures, equipment and technology available. Parents and guardians are involved in every step of our services, and can observe evaluations and treatment with their children or through one-way mirrors.
All audiologists and speech-language pathologists have a master’s degree, a doctorate or a Ph.D. in their respective fields. They hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in audiology or speech-language pathology, which is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and are licensed to practice in Kansas, Missouri or both states.
Education is very important to staff of the Hearing and Speech Clinic. The clinic has graduate students, medical students and residents observe evaluations and therapies. It also educates physicians and other healthcare workers on hearing loss and communication disorders, gives lectures to medical and community groups, and holds classes at nearby graduate schools.
The mission of the Hearing and Speech Clinic is to provide extraordinary care for diagnostics, early intervention, collaboration, short-term treatment, teaching and research. Patients, families and staff are treated with compassion in a family-centered environment that recognizes physical, emotional, financial, social, spiritual, and cultural needs.
The Hearing and Speech Clinic collaborates within Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, locally and regionally to provide leadership and innovative services.
The Hearing and Speech Clinic serves as an indispensable community resource by providing the highest quality of evidence-based clinical care through teaching and research.
Sertoma Club Affliate
The Children’s Mercy Hospital Hearing and Speech Clinic is proud to be an affiliate of the Downtown Kansas City Sertoma Club. That affiliation has allowed us to apply for and receive a $5000 grant to fund the production of a hearing aid care video. This video can be downloaded from our website or distributed on DVD at no cost. The video is designed to be shared with caregivers who can not attend appointments, such as grandparents, daycare providers or teachers.
The Downtown Kansas City Sertoma Club has also donated generously to our department. The two most recent donations assisted us in purchasing a newborn hearing screener and a tympanometer both of which are used nearly every day in our hospital. We have a representative of our clinic in the club, as well. The missions of our two organizations complement each other very nicely. We can each have a greater impact in our community by working together.
The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Hearing and Speech Department was recently awarded a Sertoma Community Grant in the amount of $5000. This money has been used to create a video about how to use and care for hearing aids. It is a short video (under 10 minutes). It can be downloaded from our website www.childrens-mercy.org, or it can be provided on DVD to our patients and their families.