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Counseling Services now available at Clarity with Tara Compton, MEd, LPC

Clarity: The Speech, Hearing, and Learning Center has recently expanded the learning and psychology department to include counseling services with the addition of Licensed Professional Counselor, Tara Compton, MEd, LPC. Tara earned her Masters of Education degree in Counselor Education at Clemson University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina. Tara has provided counseling services to at-risk youth through Intensive In-Home Services, Juvenile Drug Court, and a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, as well as working with adults who struggle with substance abuse.

Tara is currently taking referrals for new clients who need assistance managing symptoms of any of the following

  • ADHD
  • High-Functioning Autism
  • Mild to Moderate Anxiety Disorders/ Phobias/OCD
  • Mild to Moderate Depression/Mood Disorders
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Other Stress Related Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Mild to Moderate Substance Abuse
  • Parent-Child Relational Problems.

Tara will provide an assessment to determine appropriate mental health diagnoses and counseling to assist with managing symptoms. Tara’s primary theoretical framework is based on Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Using techniques from these and other therapeutic approaches, Tara is able to help her clients better manage their symptoms and have more control over their lives.

Clarity is currently accepting private pay patients and those with SC Healthy Connections Medicaid. We will soon be able to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, First Choice by Select Health, Molina, Wellcare, and Absolute Total Care. Please use the attached referral to refer a patient for counseling services or call our office at (864) 331-1400.

Clarity continues to provide the most advanced digital hearing aids and technology that assist in ensuring our clients hear as clearly as possible. Continue reading to learn more about the three devices available at Clarity.

BAHA Bone Conduction Hearing System 

Our Audiologists, Holly Hurley and Sally Whitson, our now offering the BAHA bone conduction hearing system. This is for patients who have no ear canal on one or both sides or whose ear canals do not connect through to the eardrum. The device is placed on the bone behind the ear and secured with a soft headband that is offered in a variety of colors and sizes. The sound is sent by bone conduction to the inner ear, thereby bypassing the middle ear space.  This is a way of restoring hearing immediately to those who are not a good candidate for traditional hearing aids and who otherwise would not be able to hear voices.

Audioscan Verifit Binaural Real Ear Heaing Aid Verification System

Thanks to grant support, Clarity purchased an Audioscan Verifit Binaural Real Ear Hearing Aid Verification System; which is a state-of-the-art system for programming and verifying hearing aids. The system was installed on February 7th and so far over 10 pediatric patients have had their hearing aids fit and verified using the new system. In addition, many of our adult patients and previously fit pediatric patients have benefited from the Verifit as well.

How does the system work? The system allows for tiny microphones to be placed near the eardrum to determine what the patient is hearing through their hearing aids at the lel of the eardrum, and it corrects for their own personal ear resonance. With the Verifit, both ears can be tested and programmed at the same time! This saves time for our clients which is especially important in the pediatric population.

Using the Audioscan Verifit is a way of making sure pediatric and adult patients alike are getting every benefit from their hearing aids, whether the hearing aids are current or new.

Direct to iPhone Hearing Aids

Since August of 2016, Clarity has been dispensing Oticon hearing aids that connect wirelessly to iPhones without wearing an extra device. This is a convenience that our patients are really enjoying. Just recently, two other manufacturers, Widex and Signia (formerly Siemens) introduced their version of direct-to-iPhone hearing aids, opening this technology to a wide variety of hearing aid styles and power levels. We expect a version that connects to Android phones to be available this summer.

If you are interested in learning more about this technology contact us at info@clarityupstate.org or at (864)331-1400.  

Walter Montgomery, son of Scott and Laura Montgomery, came to Clarity to get Walter’s hearing re-tested with our Audiological Brainstem Response (ABR) equipment. At the time of their testing, our equipment required the clients to be asleep. With our new equipment, we can test babies and children while they are wide awake. Thanks to a grant from Greenville Women Giving and another anonymous grant, Clarity was able to purchase this equipment in the fall of 2009. “I think that the most important thing is that if their child does fail their newborn hearing screening that they need to get another screening done to confirm it,” says Walter’s mom, Laura Montgomery.

WYFF News 4’s Carol Goldsmith recently featured their story.

Neill Bickerstaff has been a client at Clarity since he was five years old. However, Neill faces a lot more challenges than most 9 years olds each day. He has 22Q11 Deletion Syndrome. This means that he is missing the tail end of his 22nd chromosome. “It doesn’t sound like a big deal when you talk about a chromosome but that disorder can affect 180 different manifestations in his entire being,” said Neill’s mother, Ashley Bickerstaff.

WYFF News 4’s Kim McCrea recently featured their story.

Clarity celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month by offering free hearing and speech screenings on May 30, 2009. The screenings will take place at Scott Towers on Augusta Street from 11am-2pm. Both the hearing and speech screenings take about 5 minutes each. The age range for the hearing screenings are children age 5 and older through adults. The age range for the speech screenings are children between the ages of 3-8.

Nicole Grier and her son Nicholas agree that being screened at an early age can make all the difference in a childs life. WYFF News 4’s Kim McCrea recently featured their story.

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