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Our Mission

Improving communication for life.

Our History

The Hearing and Speech Center had its beginnings in 1943 as the Hard of Hearing Club which reorganized itself into the South Bend Hearing Society two years later. The Club at first emphasized providing free hearing screenings throughout the community, but had become a full service hearing and speech clinic by the time it incorporated as the Hearing and Speech Center in 1947.

Hearing Services -

We are currently looking to fill the audiologist position.  We will post wen we can take appointments as soon as it is filled. 

►  Hearing Aid Sales and Service. We carry a wide selection of high quality hearing aids from tiny behind-the-ear hearing aids that almost disappear when they are on the ear, to custom hearing aids that fit in the ear. Most hearing aids come with options for wireless connectivity to cell phones and the TV. All hearing aids include a 30 day trial period.  We off repair services on all makes and models of hearing instruments.

Speech-Language Services

►  Comprehensive speech-language evaluations determine the type and
     extent of speech and/or language problems
►  Individual speech-language therapy addresses specific communication
►  Early Identification & Treatment (EIT) Program provides speech, 
     language and hearing screenings at area preschools
►  Toddlers Learning Communication (TLC) assists parents in stimulating 
     their child's language through developmentally appropriate activities
►  Language Groups provide specific communication opportunities in the 
     context of a group setting


►   We serve clients of all ages with a specialty in providing services 
       to young children
►   We provide family-focused early intervention services

We offer a variety of payment options including:
►   Private payment; VISA, Mastercard, Discover & American Express accepted
►   Insurance for specified companies
►   Medicare for designated services
►   Medicaid

Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday.
Please call 574-247-6047 ext. 117 with questions.


** We are looking for an audiologist! **
Not for profit agency is seeking a licensed audiologist to work in a community setting. Responsible for providing diagnostic and therapeutic services for children and adults to remove communication barriers.  Doctor of Audiology or Master Degree required. Please submit resumes to mheck@uhs-in.org.


Our Staff

Hearing related services are provided by an Audiologist. An Audiologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. 

Our Speech-Language Pathologist has a masters degree, is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is credentialed by the First Steps program and is licensed by the state of Indiana. Currently Elizabeth Ready is working only on specific cases in preparation for retirement. 
Read more about Elizabeth "Crissy" Ready


Check out this video!

This video is a great example about the importance of early detection in speech delays.  It is brought to you by AudiologyOnline.

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Client Stories



Read James' Story

Read Alyssa's Story

Read Cameron's Story

Speech Pathology

Read Gracie's Story

Read Kendra & Makayla's Story

Thank you to all of you for sharing your stories.


Donations help to run the programs of the Hearing & Speech Center.
All proceeds stay local in our community.

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