The Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services regardless of one's ability to pay.
Founded in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing, the Center for Hearing & Speech originally focused on the social and financial needs of people with hearing loss. By the 1930's it had developed into a full service Audiology clinic offering community education and screenings, evaluations, and treatment options for those with hearing problems. The Center's services expanded over the years to include diagnostic testing and the provision of hearing aids. In 1965, the agency added services to individuals with speech disorders. In 1969, the Center developed the School Screening Program to provide hearing and vision tests for area students. Today, the Center is an established and unique facility for Audiology and Speech Pathology, serving over 14,000 individuals annually. The Center for Hearing & Speech is proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.