Oct 5, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- With the opening of the Hartley Family Audiology Center on the KU Edwards Campus, the role of top-notch audiology services at the University of Kansas Medical Center, as well as the commitment of the Hartley family to support better-hearing centers, have expanded to an even greater number of people in the Kansas City region.
“We are thrilled to partner with KU's highly regarded audiology clinic and its nationally respected director, Dr. John Ferraro,” said Bob Clark, vice chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus. “It is critically important the Edwards Campus be viewed as a major community resource – a place where many of KU's centers and services can be offered to the people of Johnson County and the region.”
The clinic, located in Regnier Hall on the Edwards campus, is staffed by doctoral-level audiologists on faculty in the KU department of Hearing and Speech, as well as graduate students working toward doctoral degrees in audiology. For audiology patients and students, the Edwards campus clinic represents a tremendous opportunity.
“In addition to providing excellent care, this clinic will provide convenience for patients who found it difficult to travel to the KU Medical Center,” said John Ferraro, PdD, chair of the University of Kansas Medical Center's department of Hearing and Speech. “Not only will this give us a greater presence in Johnson County, it will assist us in fulfilling a primary mission of preparing more clinicians to meet growing needs.”
The clinic at University of Kansas Medical Center sees hundreds of patients each year. Though many of the patients are older, ages range all the way down to infants. At the new Edwards Campus clinic, patients will receive a full range of hearing tests and audiology services, including the fitting of hearing aids. The clinic will also provide early intervention services for children and families seen in the department's Hartley Family Center for Childhood Hearing.
Hearing loss is a fact of life for roughly one in 10 Americans. According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 28 million Americans have a hearing impairment. The University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Hearing and Speech recognized the need for a new audiology office, away from the hospital, to treat hearing disorders.
Located on the KU Medical Center campus, the School of Health Professions offers more than 25 academic programs in health care fields important to our community and region. From lab science to physical therapy, nuclear medicine to audiology, the type and nature of programs is extremely diverse. To learn more about the KU School of Health Professions, go to http://www.healthprofessions.kumc.edu/