New technology at Yakima Valley Hearing & Speech Center

New technology at Yakima Valley Hearing & Speech Center
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The loss of hearing or speech affects many in our community. Now a Yakima business is able to help young children overcome these difficulties with the advances of new technology.

It's called an auditory brain stem response audiometer. A generous award from the Yakima Masonic Charities helped bring it to the Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center. This will make it easier to diagnose issues in young children.

Nancy Leahy the Executive Director at the Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center told KIMA that, "for parents it's a hard test to hear that your baby has to have. It can be hard on a parent to hear that they have not passed the screening test at the hospital. And they come through the doors worried."

The machine will improve the lives of many newborns who do not pass a hearing test at birth. The machine has been in effect since May but it's too early to see results.