ELIZABETHTON (Jan. 26, 2018) – During a special celebration Friday afternoon, East Tennessee State University officially opened its new audiology clinic at the Marshall T. Nave Center in Elizabethton.
The clinic is operated by the ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
“As a non-profit university health center, our mission is to provide comprehensive diagnostic, rehabilitative and intervention services that improve the quality of life for individuals with hearing loss and related audiological disorders and to treat communication disorders impacting an individual’s ability to understand and relate to others,” said Dr. Saravanan Elangovan, clinic director. “We aim to integrate clinical research and service delivery, and serve as an exemplary model of clinical instruction for students pursuing careers in audiology and speech-language pathology.”
The clinic provides patients with access to a variety of services including comprehensive audiology evaluations for all ages including newborns, testing and customized fitting of the latest hearing aid technology and cochlear implants, auditory processing evaluations for school-aged children, tinnitus management, monitoring of auditory status of patients undergoing chemotherapy, hearing conversation and much more.
Providers at the clinic also are members of the ETSU faculty, and, as such, offer audiology and speech-language pathology students hands-on learning experiences with real patients.
“The ability for students to learn goes far beyond textbooks. Here, students will have the opportunity to be fully engaged in patient care,” said Dr. Brenda Louw, chair of the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. “They will work alongside some of the best of the best and receive that hands-on learning that is so critical for students planning careers in health care professions.”
During Friday’s grand opening event, Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for Health Affairs at ETSU, spoke of the regional impact of all ETSU-affiliated clinics.
“ETSU’s affiliated health facilities provide more than $3.6 million in uncompensated care to the people of this region every year. That is nearly $4 million in care that would otherwise not be received, or would be provided at the expense of indirect payers,” Bishop said. “Over 350,000 patient encounters are recorded at our health clinics annually. Today, that impact expands even further with the grand opening of this clinic. Here, ETSU will continue with its mission set forth during our founding in 1911 – to improve the quality of life for the people of this region.”
The clinic is taking new patients and accepts most insurances while also offering a sliding fee discount program. For more information about the clinic, call 423-439-4355 or visit www.etsu.edu/caslp.