UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center
The Speech-Language-Hearing Center is a part of the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services.
Improving your quality of life through communication is our specialty. We’re here to help.
The UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center offers comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of language, speech, and hearing disorders for adults, adolescents, children, and infants. The facility has treatment rooms with observation capabilities and diagnostic suites for hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings.
Services & Information
Most services are provided by graduate student associate clinicians under the direct supervision of speech-language pathology and audiology faculty who are licensed by the State of Virginia and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our Center also provides invaluable observation opportunities in audiology for our graduate and undergraduate students in Speech Communication Disorders. The master’s degree program in Communication Sciences Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Fee schedules for evaluations and hearing aids are available upon request. Payment methods include cash, third-party reimbursement, credit card, or personal checks. A sliding fee scale can be applied for some services for those who qualify. The Director of Clinical Services can assist clients in making financial arrangements.
A referral from your physician is not necessary for evaluations. However, some insurance companies require a medical referral prior to scheduling an appointment.
The origins of the Communication Disorders Program date to 1941 when Karl Wallace, professor of speech, and Fletcher Woodward, professor of otolaryngology, received University approval to establish a Speech and Hearing Center. The Center was one of the first of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard. An academic program followed and the first degrees were conferred in 1946. A doctoral degree was added in 1960.
Among the Program’s most illustrious leaders was Dr. Helen Gunderson Burr. From 1953 through 1966, the clinic, and later the academic program, were led by Dr. Burr. Importantly, Dr. Burr was among the first women promoted to rank of full professor at the University of Virginia. Professor Burr retired from the University in 1988.
A complete history of the Program is found in Wilson (2006) in her text titled The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia 1905-2005 which is published by UVA Press and from which these remarks were drawn.
For information on topics related to hearing and hearing loss:
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For information on auditory processing disorders (APD)
For information on many topics related to speech, language, and hearing:
http://www.asha.org/public/. (Note: The inclusion of this link does not imply endorsement by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA).
For general information on speech and language topics:
For information on speech and language developmental milestones:
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Our Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists are certified by the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Each member of our staff is a fully licensed professional with many years of clinical experience.
We are located in Bavaro Hall. Our street address is:
417 Emmet Street South, Ground Floor
P.O. Box 400270
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Please call (434) 924-7034 to schedule an appointment.
Parking is available in the lot next to the building, off of Emmet Street. Please park in one of the spaces marked Sheila C. Johnson Clinic, then report to the reception desk to obtain a parking pass. If the SJC spaces are full, park in the Visitor Parking Garage on Emmet Street (beneath the bookstore).