Hearing Speech & Deaf Center

Description

HSDC is a Western Washington service hub for clients who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who face communication barriers. We envision an inclusive, accessible world, where everyone is understood and respected.

For nearly 80 years, HSDC has worked to remove obstacles for people with hearing loss, speech challenges, and other communication barriers, empowering them to achieve their full potential. We join direct services with systemic change to create an inclusive and accessible community. Our comprehensive services span the life cycle and include: Early Childhood Education (including a parent-infant program and two preschools), Audiology Services, Speech Therapy, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocacy Services, and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting.

Anonymous User

I had my hearing tested at Hearing Speech and Deafness Center in April of 2014 - the test was performed by Ben Gilham. The test was enjoyable, informative, and thorough, and we found that I required hearing aids. A few weeks later I returned to pick up my new hearing aids and have them programmed to meet my needs.

These hearing aids have vastly improved my quality of life, I can hear people talking, dogs barking, car horns, etc. You can't put a price on that.

I have dealt with Ben, Claire, and Chloe at HSDC and these folks have been polite, respectful, and have resulted in enjoyable experiences. These are the kind of folks that make me want to return to HSDC for all of my hearing needs.

I have been profoundly deaf for over 20 years and this company is the first hearing-related company that has made a noticeable difference in my life. I highly recommend Hearing Speech and Deafness Center, they changed my life.

Anonymous User

In my experience, everything about HSDC has been deaf-friendly. From their signing front desk-clerk to their culturally aware Deaf Services Department as well as their parent infant program for deaf/hh kids birth to three. SInce I'm not a regular user of those services, the most beneficial aspect is being able to refer my hearing friends and family to their 10-week ASL class. I hope those classes never go away!  

deafREVIEWer

HSDC, as it is commonly known, within Seattle is a great, deaf-friendly place to meet a variety of your needs, whether it be audiological services, speech therapy, client advocacy or other services for the deaf, and/or a specialized store full of assistive devices such as hearing aids, alarm clock, alert system, etc. Even early childhood programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Through my personal experience, I have a great rapport with my audiologist and receive great services through her! No need for interpreter as it appears that everyone known sign language.

Le Petit Chouette

I've been to MANY audiologists and/or licensed hearing aid dispensers since I was a toddler, and this one takes the cake. For one, it is the first time I've been to a place where nearly all staff members (inc. the audiologist) know sign language as well as Deaf Culture awareness. You'd think this was standard practice in this field, but sadly it's rare. For another, HSDC is incredibly diversified in their service offerings (client advocacy, assistive devices, community outreach). I fondly remember volunteering for their PIP program. Nearly all my friends in the Seattle Deaf Community go to HSDC! It's not a fix-your-ears culture, it's a place that cares about the full range of needs specific to us D/d/HH/cochlear implantees.

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