April 16, 2020

In response to the current novel coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and the risk it poses to our community and especially our most vulnerable populations, the UW Speech & Hearing Clinic will be closed until July 23rd. All in-clinic speech, language, and audiology appointments will be postponed until after July 23rd. 

  • Our audiologists will continue to provide essential hearing aid troubleshooting and repair services. Please call 206-543-5440 to schedule a time for a no-contact curbside drop off your hearing aid. 
  • Telepractice options: We are beginning to offer telepractice sessions for our clients. Please go to the Telepractice Options page for more details.
  • Except for specific scheduled appointment times, the Clinic is closed to the public and clinic staff are working from home. 

​We believe this to be the best action to take at this time based on information provided to us by the University of Washington administration, as well as guidelines from county, state, and national health officials. Please feel free to call at 206-543-5440 or email us at shclinic@uw.edu if you have any questions or concerns about this closure. This message will be updated as new information is made available to us.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes, but it is a necessary step towards limiting the spread of the coronavirus. 

Coronavirus and COVID-19 information

As you are aware there is a rapidly developing situation due to the novel coronavirus in King and Snohomish Counties, as well as throughout the state and country. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

You may find the Public Health - Seattle and King County site to be the most user-friendly site where you will find up-to-date information on the coronavirus and current recommendations for our immediate area.

We are closely monitoring the situation and adjusting our precautions as necessary. We are getting information from the Public Health - Seattle and King County, the University of Washingtonthe Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to be as prepared as possible to protect the health of our clients, our students, and our faculty and staff. 

Following are some guidelines from the CDC and DOH:

When to seek medical evaluation and advice

While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. If you or a family member has symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular medical provider. Public Health recommends not going to the emergency room unless there is a critical need. Public Health also recommends seeking medical advice if you are over 60 and have an underlying medical condition.

How to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu, also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick.

  • Social distancing is vital to slowing the COVID-19 outbreak – don’t gather in groups and maintain 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with a minimum of 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you or your child are sick.
  • Consult your healthcare provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.

These prevention steps are critical to keeping our community healthy, so we are also reinforcing with our staff, faculty, and students the importance of these precautions.  You can help by reinforcing these steps as well.

As things are changing rapidly, we will update this page as new information becomes available and if we need to make any adjustments to appointments. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions. Also, go to the Public Health - Seattle and King County for the most current information on the coronavirus and what is being done locally to minimize the effects of the virus.

Please know that we are committed to keeping you informed and keeping everyone healthy.