New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (NOSHC) was founded in 1930 and continues to be the forerunner of speech and hearing centers in the New Orleans area.

Our audiology services include comprehensive hearing testing and rehabilitation, including hearing aids for both children and adults. We also offer Auditory Attention Screenings, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Testing, and non-sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing. For more info on our audiology department and services, click here.

Our speech-language pathology department administers formal and informal testing to address the following: articulation disorder, fluency disorder, voice disorder, expressive and/or receptive language disorder, social pragmatic disorder, language processing disorder, auditory processing deficits, phonological awareness deficits, and reading/spelling deficits. For more info on our speech-pathology department and services, click here.

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August 24, 2015
NOSHC's school screening program has begun for the 2015-2016 school year. Have questions about your child's screening results or our services? Click here.

May 6, 2015   
Many, many thanks to our generous GiveNola Day 2015 donors! We raised $6,605 from 102 unique donors!

May 1, 2015
Karmony Success Story
        May 1st marked Better Hearing and Speech Month. To commemorate this month, New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (NOSHC) would like to celebrate one incredible client, Karmony.

        Upon failing her newborn hearing test at the hospital, Karmony was referred to New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center for more extensive testing. By 6 months of age, New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center’s audiologist, Ashley B., diagnosed Karmony with a profound hearing loss in both ears. Due to the se...verity of her hearing loss and her age, it was suggested she could be a possible candidate for a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.

        After the initial shock regarding Karmony’s diagnosis passed, her mother, Trish, began researching the options available to her. She agreed that cochlear implants were the best option for Karmony. Trish advocated for bilateral cochlear implants, meaning both of Karmony’s ears would be implanted, and surgery was scheduled for her at 12 months of age. Before the surgery, Trish started learning sign language and began teaching Karmony basic signs. It was important to Trish that Karmony learn sign language so she could communicate with her family, and also embrace the Deaf community before and after she received her cochlear implants.

        Karmony’s cochlear implant surgery was a success. Her aunt, Karen, remembers the moment fondly. She said, “We were all so emotional when she was first able to hear.” Trish thought about how lonely Karmony’s life would have been without these technological advances that gave her daughter and other profoundly hard of hearing children the ability to hear. Trish was diligent about Karmony wearing her cochlear implant all the time, which at a young age can be a difficult task. She said that Karmony already lost one year of sound input, and she would not let her fall further behind.

        Karmony entered The Bright School for the Deaf at age 3 where she received speech-language therapy from Susan F., speech-language pathologist at NOSHC. As a result of her early identification and intervention, she is understood by everyone around her and, now in kindergarten, announces she is “a Big Girl 5.” She loves to play with her big sister, Kennedy, and is capable of doing everything her sister does including swimming. Her aunt says this is because of the tools and resources provided by organizations like New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center, who have helped shape Karmony into the confident 5 year old she is today. She is able to express herself with humor and sincerity. Karmony’s mother, Trish, has since passed away, but the resources and tools she gave Karmony will last a lifetime.

March 4, 2015
Recent Changes in Autism Diagnosis by Dr. Scuddy F. Fontenelle III, Ph.D., ABPP
A recent update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-V) has revised the descriptors and diagnostic classification of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Children and adults diagnosed with Autism make up 1% of the population. In children, the diagnosis is more prevalent due to childhood developmental symptoms of speech and language delay, social and emotional delays, and/or cognitive and learning impairments. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the prevalence of Autism in children is 1 in 54 cases. 
 Prominent symptoms include: 
 A. Deficits in social communication and social interaction
 B. Restricted or repetitive behavior, interests, or activities 
 C. Symptoms are present during early years of the developmental period (early childhood)
 D. Significant impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V renamed and now classifies four main types of Autism.
1. Autism Spectrum Disorder with or without an intellectual impairment
2. Autism Spectrum Disorder with or without a language impairment
3. Autism Spectrum Disorder with a Genetic condition or environmental factor
4. Autism Spectrum Disorder with another neurodevelopmental, mental, or behavioral disorder

 The new DSM-V no longer classifies individuals as Asperger’s Disorder nor High Functioning Autism, nor Pervasive Developmental Disorder- NOS. These descriptors will be used less and less in the future and be replaced by the new terms. 
At New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (NOSHC), our staff works with children during the identification and treatment stage. Research has shown that with early identification and early intervention, children with autism are likely to improve and make progress with services. Two areas related to improved prognosis include the development of communication skills and social responses. We strive to identify children with autism and provide early intervention needed to promote their development. Multi-disciplinary services include speech and audiology, psychological services, special instruction, and follow-up health care services. 

Dr. Scuddy F. Fontenelle, III, Ph.D, ABPP, is Director of Psychology at New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center. He is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
 January 30, 2015
   2015 Staff Photo

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NOSHC Official Holiday Closing Dates 2015
Closed: January 1, 2015
February 16 and 17, 2015 (Mardi Gras)
April 3, 2015 (Good Friday)
July 3, 2015 (Independence Day)
September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)
Nov. 26-27, 2015 (Thanksgiving)
December 24-25, 2015 (Christmas)