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Speaking and hearing clearly: A conversation with Lindsey Piazza of the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic

Lindsey Piazza

Often referred to as a labyrinth of a maze, the Haley Center is known for its many classrooms and faculty office spaces.

With its numerous nooks and crannies, students and faculty might be surprised to learn that on their routine walk to class or work, located on the bottom floor of the Haley Center in room 1199, is a speech and hearing clinic open for students and faculty, as well as the Auburn community.

Room 1199 looks similar to the rest of the Haley Center, but upon walking in, one will spot a difference when a friendly face offers to guide them to the room they need to be.

A white coat hangs on the back of a door inside this particular office. Lindsey Piazza, a speech language pathologist and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, is as welcoming as she is driven to use her knowledge and skillset to serve the Auburn community, and to teach graduate students in pursuing higher education.

Piazza earned her graduate degree here and is happy to give back to the community as a Speech Language Pathologist and assistant clinical professor.

“I'm excited to be able to teach our communities’ future speech language pathologists. It's a little bit different when you get to teach and still be a speech language pathologist, so it's the best of both worlds,” said Piazza.

Open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, the clinic offers a multitude of services. The Speech Language Pathology program evaluates and treats individuals with language disorders, voice disorders,(including quality and fatigue), attention, memory, processing disorders due to a brain injury, (or any other neurological event), social skills, fluency ( stuttering), articulation 
(including accent modification) and swallowing disorders.

The audiology program provides comprehensive, audiological evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and services, hearing assistive technology, oto-acoustic emissions testing, tinnitus assessment, acoustic immittance testing, adult auditory rehabilitation, auditory evoked potentials testing, auditory processing disorder evaluations, and balance assessments,” Piazza said.

Piazza said that audiological services offers designated walk-in hours for those who have purchased hearing aids from their clinic – which is one of the perks of being centrally located on campus for students and faculty.

As for speech services, Piazza noted that accent modification for faculty and students is the most common service for those who desire to be better understood when teaching.

"We have a really great voice program here. The services are beneficial for those who are experiencing voice quality changes or voice fatigue. It’s definitely catching the attention of students, and I think faculty as well,” Piazza said.

As a clinic setting, the Speech and Hearing Clinic takes a variety of insurances and private pay options. They also offer a sliding fee scale. Piazza said that even though the clinic is a student training facility, everything is overseen by a licensed Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist. 

With a number of adult treatment rooms and child treatment rooms, Piazza would like to remind us that the clinic if for everyone. 

“We are not just for students and faculty - anybody is welcome. As long as you are in need of our services, we want to figure out how we can help you. We actually have a large caseload of children from the community, with a variety of diagnoses,” Piazza said.

One thing Piazza mentioned that is beneficial for all students, staff, and faculty, regardless of past medical history, is that the clinic provides free screenings that are offered on campus twice a year.

“We screen individuals to determine whether or not they would benefit from a full evaluation,” Piazza said.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is on campus ready to meet, answer questions, and offer services to anyone who may need them.

“We will be at the employee benefit fair in November. So faculty and staff can visit us and ask  us questions at the table. We have a clinic website, department website and a social media presence. People can follow to learn about upcoming events and research as well as free screenings on campus.” Piazza said.

With its many offered services and many patients seen throughout the year, the end goal and mission of the clinic is consistently the same. “We strive to provide the highest quality of service, based on the clients' interests, values, and needs. When our clients walk out, we want them to feel like they've received the highest quality of care in a professional environment” Piazza said.

For more information, the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic’s official website can be found at: https://cla.auburn.edu/speechandhearingclinic/
 

Written by Karah Rhodes | office of communication and marketing| College of Liberal Arts | Auburn University 

Last Updated: September 23, 2019