It is important that speech and hearing centers remain able to offer state-of-the-art services. Otherwise, local children and adults will not receive the high-quality evaluations and therapy that are readily available in a much larger community.
We are seeking funding for the following areas: Vestibular Testing (VNG) $48,100 VNG Test table & Light $1,000 OtoAcoustic Emmission $7,150 SLP Equipment $3,750
What value does this equipment offer? VNG Equipment Dizziness is a serious health risk for many people, especially as they age. Whether it's caused by poor balance, previous injury, muscle weakness, Vertigo or other neurological disorders, the result of dizziness is often the same - a painful and dangerous fall.
To help prevent falls doctors must first uncover the root cause of the patient's instability. Today it is estimated that 90% of patients with dizziness can be diagnosed with a specific cause and, therefore, be provided with proper treatment.
Vestibular Testing (VNG) results locate the problem area- whether auditory or central nervous system. A team approach, utilizing an audiologist with proper testing and other medical professionals, can formulate a plan of action and therapy. If VNG testing shows an internal ear issue rather than nervous system issue, more expensive testing can be avoided. This saves time, distance and money.
OtoAcoustic Emission Equipment A mobile Otoacousic Emmision Unit OAE tests ear drum flexibility and elements of overall ear health very quickly making ideal for testing children. Hedges has a non-mobile OAE device which is very functional for the client who can remain still and quiet. However for children, the mobile OtoAcousic Emmision test will make the process easier on the child and parent while furnishing a high level of accuracy.
SLP Equipment Hedges' Speech-Language Pathologists constantly use various therapy and evaluation materials which are upgraded regularly. These are used for our very youngest students to adults. In order to make sure these students have access to the most up-to-date resources, we have included several therapy materials in our budget.
Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing • 2615 E Randolph • Enid, OK • 580-234-3734