Can you hear me now?

Dick Kroese

SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club invited Dana Eriksson, MS, CCC-SLP, and Jessie Penkoff, fourth year Audiology Extern, to speak about the UA Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic and the Sertoma Arizona Hearing Aid Bank. Did you know that the UA speech-language pathology program is No. 7 of 269 programs in the country, and the audiology program is No. 9 of 73 U.S. programs? Furthermore, these programs have 30+ years of Top 10 Graduate Program recognitions. The UA Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic serves over 4000 people each year. While they are performing this valuable service to our community, they train graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology.

The Sertoma Arizona Hearing Aid Bank was established in 1979 and is a community outreach program for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The program provides low cost, reconditioned hearing aids to low-income adults, who have no private insurance coverage for hearing aids. As part of its community outreach, the UA Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic provides all of the testing to establish if an individual is in need of hearing aid(s). Between 1979 and 2013, more than 2,600 low-income individuals have received hearing aids and services through the Hearing Aid Bank.

SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club is taking part in this community effort by asking you to donate any used hearing aids or equipment, which you no longer use. The SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club will take the used hearing equipment to the Sertoma Arizona Hearing Aid Bank. You may fill out a form to receive a letter for your in-kind donation for tax purposes. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives who have difficulty hearing, contact Dick Kroese at [email protected] or 520-825-2226.