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In Loving Memory of Joe P. Ruthven

Friends of the Center,

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Joe P. Ruthven, a longtime supporter and great friend of the Center. Joe P. was an asset, patron, and leader in the Lakeland community.

The Ruthven Family has been involved with the Center for many years, with Joe P. starting the family tradition by agreeing to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He had continued to support the Board in an advisory capacity, providing advice and support for the Center, both directly and through United Way. He was always available to answer questions and steer us in the right direction. His numerous contributions made to the Center purchased needed equipment and services for many of our patients.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Joe P. and the Ruthven family for all the support that they have given the Center since it started many years ago. We hope they know how much their friendship and caring has meant to the Board, the staff and to the patients we serve. His legacy will live on and his support will be remembered in years to come, as the Center helps more people communicate better.

To read Joe P.’s obituary, visit https://www.heathfuneralchapel.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=9944403#/celebrationWall

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Thank you, Kiwanis!

The Kiwanis Club of Lakeland has selected the Center to receive a grant for iPads in our Speech-Language Pathology Department. Our seven speech-language pathologists use iPads regularly in our speech-language therapy sessions for a number of reasons. The children of today are growing up as “digital natives” as technology has been a part of their lives from day one. For them, the iPad is familiar technology so they take to it naturally. In some cases, we are able to present new/different information to patients and in other cases, we are presenting the same materials we have previously used but are able to present them in a new way that keeps our patients engaged and motivated.

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, Amy Tyner accepts a grant from The Lakeland Kiwanis Club on behalf of the Center.

Thank you, Kiwanis for your amazing support of the Center and our patients!

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Congratulations, 2019 Mr. Central Florida!

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Mr. Central Florida winner, Jim Sidou of Saddle Creek Logistics Services! Jim raised over $38,000 for the Center, well exceeding the $5,000 goal set for the contestants. Runners up for the titles were Don Bosko of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and Trey Chapman of Lakeland Volkswagen. Both also raised over $30,000. 8 additional contestants raised over $5,000 each. This year’s event was yet another record breaking year!

Jim Sidou, 2019 Mr. Central Florida
Trey Chapman with campaign manager Jared Diveley of Lakeland VW.
Don Bosko wowed the crowd with his performance as the King of Rock and Roll.
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Yanny or Laurel?

A short audio clip is completely puzzling the world and pitting friend against friend in the online debate. What is the voice saying – is it Yanny or is it Laurel?

How can some people hear “Yanny” and others the completely different-sounding “Laurel”?

Several researchers agreed that the audio recording is just too ambiguous. Theoretically, listeners can hear different sounds depending on whether the low frequencies or high frequencies are amplified.

How do you explain why someone would hear the lower frequencies and some hear the higher frequencies in the first place? What could alter what you hear are your headphones or audio equipment. Mediocre speakers don’t usually play both quality bass and treble. So if you’re listening on your phone, laptop speakers or through cheap headphones, you might hear something different than with a high-quality sound system, CNET reports.

But what if two people are both listening through the same speaker and hear different things? Well, your ears just might be different.

“If I cut your ears off and put someone else’s on your head, sounds would sound different,” Howard Nusbaum, a psychologist who studies speech science at the University of Chicago, told Gizmodo. He explained that differently shaped ears focus sounds differently. You might actually hear sounds differently than the person next to you.

Even with various explanations as to why we are all hearing this recording differently, the bottom line is that not all people receive and process auditory information the same.

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Congratulations, Misty Peacock!

Thirty-three beautiful women walked the stage on the arm of Sheriff Grady Judd in the 5th annual Women of Central Florida Spring Fashion Show on May 10th, 2018 at RP Funding Center. Each woman was tasked with raising money for Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, with the top fundraiser earning the title of 2018 Woman of the Year.

 

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is thrilled to announce the 2018 Woman of the Year, Misty Peacock, of Midflorida Credit Union. Misty raised over $18,000 for the Center. Runners up were Bianca McKinney of N2 Publishings/Eaglebrooke Life, and Anne Wood of John Wood Management, Inc.

 

Special thanks to all of our models and fashion partners, Belk1026 SOFLO Fine Art Gallery & MarketplaceEdwards-Macy Bridal, and Babe’s Shoes & Apparel! Thank you to RP Funding Center, Publix Aprons, Finkbeiner Photography, Brynn Summerlin, Traviss Technical College, Sheriff Grady Judd, Wesley Barnett, Ronnie Hedrick, II., James Ring, Wes Craven, Hollis Rosenkranz, Bartow High School FFA, the planning committee and all of our sponsors/donors. Thank you, Midflorida Credit Union, Nikki & Jeff Appel, Bartow Ford, and Wesley Barnett for your Diamond Sponsorship!

 

The Center is the region’s leading provider of care for patients with communication difficulties. Each week the Center provides speech/language therapy for over 230 children, 92% of those children require subsidized funding. The proceeds from the event go directly to providing services to those unable to pay. The Center provides the necessary, early foundation for life success.