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Pennsylvania Ear Institute (PEI) Opens at PCO Elkins Park Campus

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ELKINS PARK, Pa.—The PCO School of Audiology opened its first clinical facility, the Pennsylvania Ear Institute (PEI) at the Elkins Park Campus of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry on Tuesday, July 6, 2004.

Said Audiology School Dean Dr. George Osborne, "We are very excited to open this state-of-the-art hearing and balance diagnostic and treatment center offering quality hearing care to children and adults within our community and to assure the highest level of training to our Doctor of Audiology students."

The new clinic, which will initially be run by faculty members Drs. George Lindley and Terri Ives, will be outfitted with the most modern and sophisticated equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance problems. Several levels of quality digital hearing instruments will be provided to accommodate the amplification needs of all patients. New computerized methods of evaluating the performance of hearing aids while being worn will be employed. In addition, the clinic will provide the latest in assistive listening device technology and audiologic rehabilitation techniques.

"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 complete hearing evaluation for infants and young children and 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."

Dr. Ives joined the faculty in July 2003 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.

PEI will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To reach the clinic, please call: 215-886-8660 (Voice), or 215-886-8147 (TYY). The Pennsylvania Ear Institute is located on the first floor of the North Building on the PCO Elkins Park campus. The address is Suite 110, 8380 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

[Photo caption: Dr. Terri Ives instructs audiology student, Elizabeth Soof, in evaluating a patient at the new Pennsylvania Ear Institute.]

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