Success Story of the Month – Sept.

This year, we are recognizing one of our patients each month for outstanding success in their therapy or audiology goals!

We are SO excited to announce our first ever “Success Story of the Month”… Allison!

Allison was nominated by her Speech-Language Pathologist, Mandy-Faith Madigan, to receive this honor. Here is what she says about Allison’s success…

“Allison started coming to CFSHC for therapy 2 years ago. One of her best friends comes to therapy here and Allison asked her mother to set up an appointment. Allison had started noticing that her speech wasn’t as clear as her peers and she was concerned. Allison’s initial speech/language evaluation in May 2016 revealed severe delays in articulation and profound delays in receptive language/expressive language. She demonstrated 34 sound errors which significantly decreased the clarity of her speech.

Once she started therapy, she was eager to make progress. She even requested “homework” to work on her goals at home between weekly sessions. She has never complained about a task being to hard and always tries it herself first before requesting help. Since starting therapy, Allison has built relationships with peers at school, people in the community, and the staff at CFSHC. She participates in a community theater troupe for adolescents with disabilities and has had roles with spoken lines in their productions. She has developed a close relationship with one of our receptionists which has helped her develop more confidence in speaking with others and has helped her learn appropriate conversational skills outside of the therapy room setting.

On her most recent evaluation in September 2017, Allison demonstrated only 17 sounds errors, decreasing her initial errors by half. She is more aware of her sound production in conversations and is beginning to self-correct her errors without cues from the speech-language pathologist. She also jumped over 10 standard score points in her receptive language skills. Her understanding of grammar structure has significantly improved, and she is starting to use the learned skills in speaking with others. She enjoys finding ways to use new vocabulary terms. She is actively involved in her treatment and helps guide therapy towards her personal goals.”

Congratulations, Allison! We are so proud of you!!!


Best of the Best Winners!

You nominated us… you voted for us… and now we are winners for 2018 Best of the Best! 

Best Audiologist – First Place, Katie Nail, Au.D.

                                 Second Place, Katie May, Au.D.

Best Hearing Aid Center – First Place

 Best Nonprofit – Second Place

 Best Customer Service – Second Place




Mr. Central Florida 2018

The time has come for the 2018 Mr. Central Florida event! Click here to visit the official website!

This year’s event focuses on “Celebrating Manly Men” and will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00pm at Haus 820 in Lakeland, Florida. As always, this event supports the patients of Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center.

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is a beacon for those struggling to communicate with the world. When patients first come to the Center, they often feel isolated, embarrassed, and desperate for help. Through the support of the community, the Center has provided hearing aids to a 4 month old baby, taught a young man to speak with the use of an iPad, rehabilitated stroke victims, regaining their speech and language, assisted people with employability, and helped seniors regain their independence. The Center is here for all, but we need community support!

So, how can you help?

  • Vote for one of our contestants at $1 a vote (visit the “contestants” or “vote” tab starting August 10th).
  • Sponsor a contestant or purchase a table at the event (visit the “sponsor” or “buy tickets & sponsorships” tab now!)
  • Donate a live or silent auction item (contact
  • Visit our silent auction before the event and start bidding (coming soon!)
  • Buy your ticket to the event… space is limited!
  • Share our event with friends and family
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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.


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.


Autism Awareness Month

The puzzle ribbon was adopted in 1999 as the universal sign of autism awareness. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on the own terms.

Please visit or ask one of our friendly SLPs if you would like to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or about the role they as SLPs play in the treatment of this complex disorder.