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

We are finalists for:
Hearing Aid Center 
Audiologist – Dr. Katie Nail 
Audiologist – Dr. Katie May 
Customer Service 

Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for us! Winners will be announced on September 20th!



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!
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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.



In Memory of…

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a great friend of the Center, Mr. James DuVall. Mr. DuVall served on the Board of Directors for the Center and ACE Charter School for many years. He also played a large role in Sertoma’s golf tournament which benefited the Center’s patients for 15 years! We are so grateful for his generous support in this community and will greatly miss his contagious laugh.

Welcome Ashley & Shaila!

The Center is thrilled to welcome Speech-Language Pathologist, Ashley Abraham and Audiologist, Dr. Shaila Perez!

Ashley Abraham, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. She is state licensed and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ashley became a speech-language pathologist in 2016. She enjoys serving children of all ages and working with adults for speech and language rehabilitation to help them become better communicators and express themselves more effectively.


Dr. Shaila Perez, Au.D., FAAA

Dr. Perez has been a licensed Audiologist since 2016. She joined the staff at CFSHC in February of 2018. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a Doctorate of Audiology degree from Wayne State University in May of 2015 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Wayne State University in 2011. She completed her fellowship at the Michigan Ear Institute (neurotologist practice) in Farmington Hills, MI. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. (Habla Espanol)