Montclair State opens center in Bloomfield

Officially opening Montclair State's Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are, from left, MSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Willard Gingerich, MSU President Susan A. Cole, Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McCarthy, and Janet Koehnke, chair of the Audiology Department.

Bloomfield welcomed a new member to its community on June 2 with a ribbon cutting and open house for Montclair State’s Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology located at 1515 Broad Street.

Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McCarthy along with Montclair State President Susan A. Cole and other University officials were at the event to celebrate the Center’s new location in the township.

Fredi Jarmel, coordinator of the audiology clinic, said the Center, which previously was located on campus, is happy to call Bloomfield home. “We love being in Bloomfield,” she said. “It’s a convenient location with easy parking for our clients.” The Center has served nearly 900 clients since it began in 2006. 

Located just two miles from the University, the center is part of a new 40,000-square-foot facility that also houses faculty and staff offices for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 10 classrooms and seminar rooms and 10 research laboratories for faculty and students in the audiology doctoral and speech-language pathology master’s programs.

“The facility is state of the art,” said Rosemary DeStephan, senior clinical supervisor for Speech-Language Pathology. “We have every possible technological advantage in here. We can record and view sessions, which is a great teaching tool for our students, and we also can observe our students from our offices.”

The Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology provides clinical training for students and serves the needs of the community by offering assessment for children and adults who demonstrate communication difficulties or who may have hearing and/or balance concerns. Referrals are accepted from physicians, school personnel, and other professionals. Clients may also be self-referred.

The center includes two sound suites for diagnostic audiology testing as well as rooms dedicated to evoked potentials testing, vestibular testing and fitting of hearing aids and other assistive devices. There are also individual rooms for speech and language therapy and group therapy rooms equipped with streaming digital video to capture each session and enable clinical staff to observe therapy remotely.
For information about the Center, go to http://chss.montclair.edu/csd/clinicalfacilities/index.html or call 973-655-3934.