Free Herndon Clinic screening from Fort Hays State to be provided in Syracuse

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HAYS, Kan. – The third free hearing screening of the semester to be held in western Kansas by Fort Hays State University graduate students will be offered in Syracuse.

The Syracuse screening will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Mountain time), Friday, March 30, at the Hamilton County Family Practice Clinic, 700 N. Huser, Syracuse.

“The FHSU Speech-Language Hearing Clinic is continuing into the second semester of its second year of providing hearing screenings sponsored by a grant from the Kansas Masonic Foundation,” said Marcy Beougher, speech-language pathologist and an instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

“We have screened almost 200 people so far this year and hope to have two more successful screenings in Syracuse and Coldwater,” she said.

The grant will provide numerous opportunities for individuals in western Kansas, and in some areas of eastern Colorado, southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma, to receive important health screening services that are currently scarce or difficult to access.

“The Kansas Masons have been very welcoming and supportive in every community, and their support allows us to offer these screenings with no charge,” she said. “Through these community screenings, we are trying to reach individuals who likely would not have access to a hearing screening.”

The screenings are available for all ages and will be provided by graduate students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders under the supervision of an FHSU Herndon Clinic instructor.

Appointments may be scheduled ahead of time, but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site will have four stations, with each screening lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. Information about hearing loss and follow-up services available will be shared during the screenings. Free educational materials and earplugs will be provided by the Kansas Masons.

Hearing aids are not available for purchase at the screenings.

“The students are gaining excellent clinical experience as well as mandatory clinical hours from each screening,” she said. “We are grateful to the Kansas Masons for their support of this quality program.”

The last screening of the semester will be April 6 in Coldwater.

To schedule an appointment for the Syracuse screening, contact Boyd Westamin at 620-384-2322 or

For more information, visit or contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at 785-628-5366.


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