Savannah Speech & Hearing Center

Stacey Silverman Nominated for the 37th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award

Stacey Silverman Nominated by Savannah Speech & Hearing Center for the 37th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Presented by United Way HandsOn Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Speech & Hearing Center, a nonprofit organization serving the speech pathology and audiology needs of the Coastal Empire, has nominated Stacey Silverman to win the 37th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award presented by United Way HandsOn Savannah.

Silverman has been an instrumental component of the Savannah Speech & Hearing Center’s volunteer program, volunteering with the Stroke Group and the Annual Hammond for Hope Fundraiser. She also assists with the mass school hearing screenings conducted for public and private schools in Chatham County.

“We are so grateful for Stacey’s hard work and dedication she exhibits to the members and staff at the Savannah Speech & Hearing Center,” said Ann Curry, volunteer coordinator for the Savannah Speech & Hearing Center. “We would not be able to reach as many of those in need of our services if it were not for volunteers like Stacey.”

A current resident of Savannah, Silverman will be graduating from Armstrong University in the spring. She has been accepted to and will be attending Georgia State University Graduate School to pursue a master’s degree in Communication and Science Disorders this fall.

Silverman was among 28 volunteers nominated in the Health and Human Services category at the 37th Annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27.

A Day in the Sound Start Classroom

Fueling The Community at PARKER’S

Parkers PumpPal

Add Code 1700 to your Parker’s Gas Card for Sound Start!

Parker’s PumpPal Gas Cards at Parker’s Convenience Store/Gas Stations has a program called “Fueling the Community”.  The program donates one cent from every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of every month at Parker’s locations throughout the area.  If you don’t already have a Parker’s card, you can pick one up at any location – the following link has more info:

Once you get your card, you can designate Sound Start to be your preferred recipient of charitable donations.  Our 4 digit code from Parker’s is 1700! Click this link to designate Sound Start now:

A Letter from Greg Parker:


Did you ever wish your favorite local school could receive additional funding to benefit students and enhance learning? The new Fueling  the Community program at Parker’s donates one cent from every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of every month at Parker’s locations throughout  the area.

As a PumpPal member, you can designate a specific public or private school as your preferred recipient of charitable donations. Just click the link below to add your favorite school’s code number to your PumpPal profile:

Thank you for your support and for making a difference in local schools!

Gregory M. Parker  
The Parker Companies / Savannah, GA 31401 /

Sound Start 2016 Easter Egg Hunt at Daffin Park

How Do You Treat Hearing Loss?

How Do You Treat Hearing Loss? The Answers May Say A Lot About You.

You may be surprised by the five things treating hearing loss can say about you. Some people refuse to consult a doctor or seek treatment because they are afraid or embarrassed that it will reflect poorly on who they are as a person. This is not true! It has been proven that those who seek treatment for hearing loss or wear hearing aids, live a better quality of life than those who don’t. Check out these five inspiring traits those who treat hearing loss may have:

  1. You’re a go-getter.

It has been proven that those who have hearing loss and use hearing aids are more likely to ambitiously attack a problem. In the workforce, some say that it has even improved their job performance.

  1. You value your relationships.

Addressing your hearing loss shows your family, friends, and those who interact with you that you care about each relationship. It shows a commitment to be involved in the relationship through communication and improve those relationships. As a result, your social network has the foundation to grow and be strengthened.

  1. You like to be active.

For some, to have a fulfilling life you must have an active lifestyle exploring and socializing with others. Treating your hearing loss shows commitment and intent that you plan on finding the simple pleasures in activities and not letting your social life fall to the wayside.

  1. You love living life.

When you love life, it is likely you will not let anything get in the way, including hearing loss. By addressing your hearing loss, you are showing those around you that you are passionate about your quality of life and want to take control of anything that becomes a potential obstacle. According to research, addressing your hearing loss may even leave you feeling more engaged and optimistic.

  1. You’re tech savvy and make the most of what modern life has to offer.

Technology has produced so many avenues and opportunities for those who want to treat their hearing loss. By taking advantage of these options you are showing that you will not be left behind with outdated tactics. Hearing aids capture three major advantages that modern technology offers us including efficiency, solutions, and a better quality of life.

Are you surprised by the potential traits you may posses based on how you treat hearing loss? Are you inspired by any? If so, strive to obtain these traits by addressing your hearing loss today! Not only do you have the potential to hear better but in turn, it can have an exponentially positive affect on your life.

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Sound Start class welcomes a very special visitor!

Here Comes Peter Cotton-tail!

Oh boy! This past week, the Sound Start class welcomed a very special visitor: the Easter bunny himself! The kids could not contain their excitement as the Easter bunny came to deliver eggs and visit during their school day. They got to take pictures and talk with the Easter bunny one-on-one and take a group picture with all of their classmates!

The class received an extra special treat when the “real” Easter bunny came as well!  It was an eventful and fun day for all!

Thank you!

Honoring Claire Dubee as 2015 Volunteer of the Year


Claire Dubee received the Annie F. Oliver Award recognizing excellence and a strong commitment to volunteering for the betterment of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center Community at a special volunteer reception, Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  The award was created in 1979 to honor Annie F. Oliver, an administrator of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center from 1962 to 1978 and a community volunteer.  Thus far, there have been 34 recipients.

In 2015, the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center volunteers screened over 7,400 students in 30 public, private, and preschools in Savannah, Richmond Hill, and Pooler.  In addition, the volunteers spent 961 hours at Sound Start, school hearing screenings, Hammond for Hope Auction and The Stroke Support Group.

Dubee’s volunteer work currently includes time spent at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) with past work at the Hudson Community Center and the Older Americans Luncheon.  As a volunteer for the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, Dubee assisted in the organization of the Sound Start Benefit auction event.  In 2015, she participated in the collection of silent and live auction items and the designing of gift certificates. The auction surpassed all past efforts by raising an impressive $30,000 with the efforts of Dubee.

Dubee currently works as a billing specialist at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center.  She is responsible for processing claims, patient statements, personal data, post transactions as well as overseeing unpaid or denied claims.  In addition, Dubee assists in translations for Spanish-speaking clients.

Dubee received a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in economics at Armstrong State University and is currently a post BACC student with plans to apply to the speech pathology and public health graduate program in the fall.  During her undergraduate time at Armstrong, she was president of Armstrong’s NSSLHA and a member of The Spanish Honor Society.  She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association, Armstrong’s NSSLHA and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  In her free time, Dubee enjoys volunteering at the Savannah Human Society and spending time outdoors, biking, camping, and traveling.

Savannah Speech and Hearing Center Accepts $5000 Award from The Rite Aid Foundation

Local Rite Aid representatives presented the award and check donation to Beth McIntosh, Savannah Speech and Hearing Center executive director, and Sharon Brookshire, president of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center board of directors, at the Rite Aid store located at 10402 Abercorn St.

Local Rite Aid representatives presented the award and check donation to Beth McIntosh, Savannah Speech and Hearing Center executive director, and Sharon Brookshire, president of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center board of directors, at the Rite Aid store located at 10402 Abercorn St.

Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, a nonprofit organization serving the speech pathology and audiology needs of the Coastal Empire, was pleased to accept a $5000 award donation for participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Hearts Give Challenge.

“We are so grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for their generosity and ongoing support of the important work we do at Savannah Speech & Hearing Center,” said Sharon Brookshire, president of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center board of directors. “These funds will most certainly go a long way to help us continue to provide critical speech, language and hearing services to children and adults in Savannah regardless of their financial status.”

Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, a local Rite Aid KidCents charity, was challenged by The Rite Aid Foundation to raise awareness, grow their donor network and earn additional funds for their organization by encouraging others to enroll in Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program and select Savannah Speech and Hearing Center as their local KidCents charity of choice. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase is rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change is designated to their selected charity. KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves.

“Our Big Hearts Give Challenge was a fun way for KidCents charities to earn a donation for their organization while raising awareness about the valuable work they are doing and expanding their donor network,” said Rite Aid CEO of stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation, Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation looks forward to developing other unique opportunities through our KidCents program to help our partner charities raise much-needed funds, so that they can continue making a difference in the lives of the children they serve.”

Sound Start students had a blast at the Savannah Children’s Museum!

Savannah Speech & Hearing’s Sound Start students had a blast at the Savannah Children’s Museum! Choo-choo trains, steam engines, and box cars added to a language rich learning environment. The children thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on interactive play station’s, which allowed them to use targeted language, articulation, and vocabulary skills to build and improve their communication goals.

Parents got in on the action too and were encouraged to engage in targeted communication goals with the students, designed for each individual. Our day also included a fun Valentine’s Day party and picnic. What a success!

Did You Know? Diabetes and Routine Hearing Tests

What does your hearing have to do with a diabetes diagnosis? You may not know that according to the Better Hearing Institute, those with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing complications or develop hearing loss. What is even more shocking is that those under the age of 60 are almost 3 times more likely to develop hearing complications due to diabetes. In addition, hearing loss can be closely correlated to physical, emotional, and mental health conditions.

Professionals strongly recommended that those with diabetes include regular hearing tests with their diabetes management so as to prevent a decline in communication with their doctors.

Studies have shown that those who address hearing loss and take the necessary steps to improve the condition, report a better quality of life, from social interactions to self-esteem.

Here are 5 tips you can follow to create healthier hearing with diabetes:

  1. Be cognizant of signs of hearing loss and get routine hearing tests yearly. Just like you go to see doctors to insure the health of other parts of the body, make sure you are treating your hearing the same by seeking testing once a year. If you notice complications with your hearing on you own, share this information with your physician.
  2. If needed, use hearing aids. With the tremendous improvements in hearing aids, it is possible for people with needs across the board to find a hearing aid specific to their requirements.
  3. Continually keep your blood sugar under control. Take appropriate medicines to maintain blood sugar levels as blood sugar levels can affect your hearing ability.
  4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. For those with or without diabetes, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to benefit your hearing health. Cut out the smoking and bring on the physical exercise!
  5. Use ear protection when needed. Those with diabetes are not the only ones at risk for hearing complication or hearing loss. By creating simple habits such as carrying disposable ear plugs and turning the volume down on electronics, you can help preserve your hearing.

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