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PCO School of Audiology Expands with New Clinic

ELKINS PARK, Pa.-The PCO School of Audiology continues its steady growth this fall with the development of a new Audiology Clinic on the first floor of the North Building at the Elkins Park Campus. Construction will be completed in late October, with the clinic opening in early November. The new clinic is the latest expansion for the School, which welcomed its first residential class this year.

Said Audiology School Dean Dr. George Osborne, "The development of the PCO Hearing, Balance, and Vision Clinic signals a coming together of doctors of audiology and optometry to provide a comprehensive cost effective, efficient model for the delivery of hearing, balance and vision services. We trust this clinic will serve as a model to practitioners across the country and world."

The Clinic will be run by Drs. George Lindley and Terri Ives, and will be outfitted with the most modern and sophisticated equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance problems. "We will be an all-inclusive clinic, but we will be adding two areas of tremendous value to the community," said Dr. Ives. "First, we will be one of the few clinics that offer a full frequency-specific hearing evaluation of infants and young children, and we will be an excellent option for parents looking for quality care. Second, we will be one of Eastern Pennsylvania's few complete diagnostic and rehabilitation balance centers-a much needed area of clinical service that embodies the combined skills of optometry and audiology." In addition, the clinic will provide the latest in assistive listening device technology and audiologic rehabilitation techniques.

Dr. Ives joined the faculty this summer from her position as manager of clinical research at Sound ID in Palo Alto, Calif. Her areas of expertise are electro-physiology (testing those who can not respond behaviorally and evaluation of neurologic disorders, tumors and disease processes of the auditory system) and vestibular disorders (evaluation and rehabilitation of those with dizziness and balance problems).

Dr. Lindley, an assistant professor who has been with the School of Audiology since January 2002, specializes in the selection and fitting of advanced hearing aids and has published several articles in professional journals in this area. He has held previous positions in hospital and university settings and teaches the hearing aid coursework. Dr. Lindley has helped the School establish the most up-to-date diagnostic technology for the evaluation and treatment of patients with hearing problems.

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