Dr. Marion P. Downs, an innovator in the field of pediatric audiology and a tireless advocate for the early identification of hearing loss, passed away on November 13th, 2014 surrounded by family in Dana Point California. During her exemplary career in audiology, Marion Downs created, developed, and evaluated techniques for testing hearing in children and for fitting them, (some as young as a few weeks of age) with hearing aids. Dr. Downs created the first national infant hearing-screening program in 1963 in Denver, CO and relentlessly pursued making the identification and management of hearing loss in infants and children an important medical and educational consideration and public health issue.
Dr. Downs, esteemed nationally and internationally for her work in pediatric audiology. Her professional publications and lectures have brought worldwide attention to the importance of early intervention for hearing loss. Today in the US over 96% of all infants born in the US receive a newborn hearing screening.
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- Identification, diagnosis and management of auditory disorders for all ages
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The Marion Downs Center and the former Center for Hearing, Speech and Language have merged their programs to create the new Marion Downs Center, a "Center of Excellence" for hearing, speech and language.
The Marion Downs Center is recognized worldwide for its leadership, progressive innovations and cutting edge clinical service. Its mission to value and promote individual and family choice in treatment, technology and communication options for individuals with hearing loss and their families is unique. The Marion Downs Center has merged with the Center for Hearing, Speech and Language. For 96 years the Center for Hearing, Speech and Language has had a remarkable presence in Colorado. Their extraordinary legacy was built through enriching people’s lives by providing innovative, caring and high-quality services for people with barriers to communication, regardless of financial status.
Now, these two organizations have combined their efforts into the new Marion Downs Center, a “Center of Excellence” with a combined vision to serve our community with the highest level of service, support and education.