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Louisville Deaf Oral School has new name, offers more services

For decades, Louisville's Deaf Oral School has helped young children overcome hearing loss to lead more productive lives.  Now the institution plans to reach even more people as it looks to the future.

The Deaf Oral School opened in 1948 in the basement of the Women's Club of Louisville.  60 years later, it is on a modern campus offering a range of services founders could only dream of.

The Deaf Oral School continues to diagnose, treat, and educate children with hearing loss and speech problems.  William Frentz is a Deaf Oral School graduate:  "My parents did not find out I was deaf until I was two years old."

Like other students, Frentz received pre-school help at home before moving to the classroom.  The Deaf Oral School led him from sign language to speaking, and by age six William was excelling in the public school system.  "I would not be here where I am today, without the help of the Louisville Deaf Oral School."

Over the years. the Deaf Oral School has embraced new technology and expanded hearing loss assessment and medical services.  It has also attracted four researchers who have obtained millions of dollars in grants to support their efforts to help people hear better -- and a new name, the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy.

It intends to reach more children and adults and expand its speech and language therapy programs as it enters its next 60 years.

Director Mona McCubbin says, "Actually, I don't know of another center in the U.S. like it.  There are similar centers, but if you look at all the components -- the educational, the medical, the research, the clinical, I think we are pretty unique."

McCubbin says the newly-named Heuser Hearing and Language Academy will now try to get the word out it is trying to reach more people and families than ever.

The Academy is located at Kentucky and Second Street.

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