Media Kit

CHSC Overview

Our ability to communicate connects us to each other. It is through this capacity that we are able to express our most profound human feelings, obtain and provide reassurance and encouragement, and give and receive information. Communication is the essential building block for enjoying family life and friendships, working, learning and developing lifelong relationships. Yet most of us take our communication skills for granted.

More than 44 million Americans have a communication disorder. Despite advances in communication disorders research and technology, many of these persons remain isolated, unable to attain their full life potential.

Quick Facts

  • 40 million Americans experience speech, language and/or hearing disorders
  • 64% of parents are unaware of early warning signs of a communication disorder
  • 45% of individuals don’t know that misuse of personal audio technology may cause hearing loss
  • 70% of individuals think untreated hearing loss among elderly is an acceptable part of aging

The Costs

  • Early treatment takes less time and money. Every $1 spent in early age saves $7 in education services later on.
  • These disorders cost the U.S. approximately $154-$186 billion annually.

Numbers are rising

  • Between 2001-2011 speech disorders increased by 63%
  • Hearing disorders increased by nearly 16%

Early Intervention

  • Early intervention is transformative – many communication disorders can be reversed or even prevented with early treatment.
  • Early treatment can help prevent children from falling behind developmentally, academically, and socially.

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) has a long and remarkable history of helping individuals with communication challenges become independent members of the community. Founded in 1921 by Helen Newell Garfield, daughter-in-law of President Garfield, who lost her hearing as young woman, we began with the simple mission of providing lip-reading classes for adults who were deaf or hard of hearing.

We are currently the nation's oldest freestanding hearing, speech and deafness center, and Northeast Ohio's only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to serving those with special communication needs. CHSC consistently serves thousands of children and adults each year in the departments of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and our Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

A staff of more than 50 professionals — audiologists, sign language interpreters, speech-language pathologists, outreach specialists and administrative staff — are employed at the Center's headquarters in University Circle and two branch offices in South Euclid and Broadview Heights.

Our vision: A community where everyone communicates effectively.

CHSC Marketing & Communications

The CHSC Marketing & Communications department handles numerous inquiries throughout the year from local, national and international media outlets seeking information on a variety of communication-related topics including new technology, advocacy and education in the areas of hearing, speech-language and deafness.

For more information, interview requests, logo and print requirements, please contact:

Sharon Dundee
Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 216-325-7577
Fax: 216-325-7677
E-mail: sdundee@chsc.org