Samford University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders recently opened an audiology clinic housed within the College of Health Sciences. The clinic will offer Doctor of Audiology students the opportunity to provide services under the supervision and guidance of the department’s experienced team of clinical faculty.
“The clinic aligns itself with the School of Health Professions’ mission of preparing leaders in a Christian environment who promote health, wellness and quality of life through excellence in professionalism, scholarship and service,” said Alan Jung, School of Health Professions dean. “After many years of planning, we are thrilled to offer this service to the Samford community.”
Currently, the clinic provides comprehensive hearing health care services and hearing screenings at discounted rates to Samford University students, faculty and staff, immediate family members of faculty and staff, retirees and alumni. The clinic hopes to open its services to the Birmingham community in the future.
The clinic provides a full range of hearing and balance diagnostic services. Hearing aid sales and service are available to provide treatment for those suffering from permanent hearing loss and its associated communication disorders. Assistive listening devices and custom-fitted hearing protection devices are also available.
According to Margaret Johnson, professor and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders chair, the clinic is an indispensable clinical opportunity for Doctor of Audiology students. In addition to providing services to the community, the clinic is designed to provide students with critical hands-on experience working with patients who suffer from hearing and balance disorders.
“The benefits of the clinic are threefold,” said Johnson. “We are making hearing health care service more accessible to our Samford community while providing a clinical opportunity for students. In addition, we are teaching students to be good stewards of their knowledge, tools and facilities at the onset of the program. Audiology is a service career and we want to embolden our graduates to use their gifts to better the lives of others.”
The clinic is open on a part-time basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m by appointment only. To schedule your appointment, call the Samford University Audiology Clinic at 205-726-4848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.