Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

Our vision is a community where everyone communicates effectively.

Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SERVICES

Audiology Audiology

We provide testing and individualized treatment for people of all ages, including early intervention and educational audiology.

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We listen to you! We help match your lifestyle, hearing loss, and budget to the hearing aid technology that will best help you.

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We help children and adults develop or regain effective speaking, language, listening, reading, and writing skills.

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We offer quality American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services for individuals, businesses and organizations in Northeast Ohio

COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING

The Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) was established in 1975 to meet the diverse needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. The Deaf community was looking for services and programs to be provided in American Sign Language (ASL), and hard of hearing individuals sought support and guidance from knowledgeable professionals who could understand their unique challenges. The CCDHH is the only full-service community center for the deaf in Northeast Ohio.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Drusilla Marshall’s daughter, Kassidy, was born pre-mature. At six-months-old, her beginning speech sounds seemed normal. But by the time Kassidy turned one, Drusilla noticed her daughter’s speech was hard to understand. With the help of a CHSC speech therapist and the Help Me Grow program, Kassidy was able to learn to communicate using an Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) device.

Posted on October 12, 2020

CHSC Values Diversity & Inclusion

At Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, diversity matters and we welcome the broad array of diversity in the Northeast Ohio community to which we belong.

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Posted on September 30, 2020

Donation Drop-Off Event - HUGE Success for Deaf Clients in Need!

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, CHSC hosted a Drive & Drop event to Pack the Pantry for our deaf clients in need. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of response! Friends, neighbors, clients, staff, Board members, and many others took the time and resources to contribute food and personal care items to "Sue's Pantry" in our Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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Posted on August 20, 2020

DRIVE & DROP DONATIONS FOR DEAF CENTER

Our Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has recently seen a surge in clients who are homeless and/or in need of food assistance. In order to ease their daily burdens, we are asking you to help us PACK THE PANTRY.

  "Sue's Pantry" was established in honor of Susan Bungard, previous Director of the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Susan saw that the needs of our deaf clients often extended beyond the programs and social services we provide. Many times, clients were in need of basic items - such as food and personal care.

If you would like to help us PACK THE PANTRY - please bring your donations to any of the CHSC locations on:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

FOR YOUR SAFETY - DRIVE AND DROP YOUR DONATIONS

Vehicles may pull up to the building and we will take the donations from your trunk - no touching!

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Posted on August 17, 2020

Deaf Community Survey Response to Accessibility of COVID Information

In Ohio, 8 Community Centers for the Deaf (CCDs) serve the deaf population in Ohio by providing sign language interpreters, case management services, and job readiness and training.  Several months ago, at the onslaught of the Coronavirus, the CCDs developed a survey, asking our deaf community how they felt about available services and access to resources through this pandemic. 

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Posted on August 13, 2020

“Toys to Talk” Born Out of Pandemic Needs

In late March 2020, the speech language pathologists at CHSC took a crash course in providing speech and language therapy via telepractice. We quickly became experts at Zoom, screen sharing and Boom cards. Our clinical care coordinators scrambled to fill our now online schedules with our current clients, if they had the technology to support it.

By late April, most of us were getting in the groove of telepractice with clients of all ages.  However, as I worked with my caseload of mostly 2-5 year olds and their families, I noticed my most successful sessions were those that involved structured play with language enriching toys.  Some of my families had these toys such as pretend food, Mr. Potato Head, or a ball tower.  But, many did not. Some homes had no age appropriate books and very few toys.  Some homes had toys but they were often electronic and over stimulating, such as large trucks with multiple lights and sirens. I longed for my in-person therapy toys and materials!

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