New audiology booth benefits students and the community

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Augustana College students studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) are putting a new audiology booth to good use providing assessment and intervention services for Quad-City area residents. To celebrate the arrival of the booth and the impact it already is making, faculty and students will host an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 4-6 p.m. at the Betsey Brodahl Building (851 34th Street).

Within two weeks of its delivery to campus in late Sept., the booth was being used by Augustana students to help both children and adults. “At first it will be used mainly as a diagnostic tool for hearing screening and audiologic testing,” explained Dr. Ann Perreau, CSD assistant professor. “Eventually we hope to be fitting hearing aids as well as providing other types of intervention.”

Dr. Perreau worked in the highly ranked Otolaryngology Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before joining Augustana’s full-time faculty in August, She says it’s the “individuals of all ages, who we will test and help, who will benefit most significantly.”   

An estimated 250 patients can be tested at Augustana per year. “This will relieve the backlogged local system that currently relies on just a couple booths,” said Dr. Perreau.

    Having a booth on Augustana’s campus not only benefits the community but also CSD students. These students gain valuable real-world, clinical experience to help prepare them for graduate school and beyond.

    The audiology, sound-treated booth and audiologic equipment, valued at more than $55,000, were made possible by grants from the Riverboat Development Authority, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and the Scott County Regional Authority.

For more information, please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations, at   kerirursch@augustana.edu or (309) 794-7721.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 70 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for the lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.