James Madison University

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is part of the university's teaching, research and community services programs.

  • It provides quality hearing, speech, and language clinical services to adults and children with communication disorders
  • It supports research into communication disorders and clinical education of students
  • It provides opportunities for supervised, quality clinical practicum experiences for speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students
  • It serves as resource to the professions and to the local community through its various consulting services

The following information identifies Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology practice areas and provides a brief description of the etiologies of communication and swallowing disorders.  If you have questions regarding our clinical services, please contact the Clinic Administrative Assistant.

Audiology Service Delivery Areas   

  • Auditory Processing (Evaluation and Treatment)  
  • Cerumen (Ear Wax) Management
  • Cochlear Implants (Evaluation, Mapping, and Follow Up)
  • Educational Audiology (FM and Classroom Systems for hearing)
  • Electrophysiological Testing (Non-Behavioral tests to evaluate the auditory and/or vestibular systems)
  • Hearing Aid Services (Fitting, Programming, and Maintenance)
  • Hearing Loss Prevention (Education and Hearing Protection devices)
  • Hearing Testing  (Screening and Full Assessment)
  • Industrial Audiology (Occupational hearing loss; Noise level measuring /monitoring)
  • Tinnitus (Evaluation, Management, and Treatment)
  • Vestibular and Balance (Diagnosis, Treatment, and Vestibular Rehabilitation)  

 Speech-Language Pathology Service Delivery Areas

  • Auditory Disorders (Hearing-Related Communication Loss and Auditory Processing)
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Low-Tech and High-Tech)
  • Cognitive Disorder (Attention, Memory, Problem Solving, and Executive Functioning)
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (Oral/Pharyngeal/Esophageal and Atypical Behavior)
  • Fluency Disorders (Stuttering and Cluttering)
  • Language Disorders (Listening, Processing, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Pragmatics)
  • Preverbal Communication Disorder (Joint Attention and Gesture Use)
  • Resonance Disorders (Hypernasality, Hyponasality, Cul-de-Sac, and Forward Focus)
  • Speech Sound Disorders (Articulation, Apraxia, and Phonology)  
  • Voice Disorders (Quality, Pitch, Loudness, and Alaryngeal Voice)

Etiologies of Communication and Swallowing Disorders

  • Neonatal problems (e.g., prematurity, low birth weight, substance exposure);
  • Developmental disabilities (e.g., specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorder, intellectual disabilities, unspecified neurodevelopmental disorders);
  • Disorders of aerodigestive tract function (e.g., irritable larynx, chronic cough, abnormal respiratory patterns or airway protection, paradoxical vocal fold motion, tracheostomy);
  • Oral anomalies (e.g., cleft lip/palate, dental malocclusion, macroglossia, oral motor dysfunction);
  • Respiratory patterns and compromise (e.g., bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);
  • Pharyngeal anomalies (e.g., upper airway obstruction, velopharyngeal insufficiency/incompetence);
  • Laryngeal anomalies (e.g., vocal fold pathology, tracheal stenosis);
  • Neurological disease/dysfunction (e.g., traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, cerebrovascular accident, dementia, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis);
  • Psychiatric disorder (e.g., psychosis, schizophrenia);
  • Genetic disorders (e.g., Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome); and
  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders (e.g., habitual open-mouth posture/nasal breathing, orofacial habits, tethered oral tissues, chewing and chewing muscles, lips and tongue resting position).

All persons served in the JMU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic are treated in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, participation restriction, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent.  The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.

Specialty Services