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About Us

About Pee Dee Speech and Hearing

With the help of many wonderful volunteers, Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center has served over 300,000 individuals over the past 50+ years.  In 1968 the Center was established to assist those with speech-language and hearing problems. Within the confines of the Center was a very active preschool for the hearing impaired as well as a full diagnostic audiology clinic and speech-language clinic.  To this date, we continue to provide these same services with the exception of the preschool (the public schools and other government agencies have assumed this role). The Center has also added an outreach hearing conservation program designed to help prevent hearing loss due to excessive noise exposure. 


Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center continues to thrive and serve the Pee Dee region and beyond. Staffed by a well-trained and experienced group of dedicated people who believe strongly that effective communication (speech and hearing) is an essential human need and, as such, a basic human right. Without it, no individual or community can exist or prosper.


Eight-month-old Kenneth hears for the first time with his new hearing aids

Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center Board of Directors (circa 1980)

Allen Lewis, Sandra Morris, Frances Johnson, Betty Ann Chase, Peggy Stokes, Dr. Douglas Snowden, Mary Hepburn, Ann Thomas, Mary Alice Busch, Jacque Miller, Amy Tallon, Cookie Ryan, Jill Heiden and Dr. Carlana Hendrick. Not pictured Marilyn Stokes, Dr. Lawrence Chewning, Thomas Grossman, Mike Hogan, Ann Bird, Fred Avent, Betty Woodward, Meade Brockington, Parks Garrison, Lana Ross, and Michael Biediger.

Bob Hope and General William C. Westmoreland, US Army arriving at the Florence Airport in 1977 to attend a benefit to raise funds for the new Pee Dee Speech & Hearing Center building on Baroody Street. Hope, one of the world's most famous actor/comedians,  delighted crowds at the fund-raising event held at Francis Marion College.

United Way United Way of Florence --

Alexander Graham Bell Association –
American Academy of Audiology –
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association –
American Tinnitus Association –
Boys Town Research Hospital –
National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management –
Hearing Loss Association of America –

Hearing Protection
ABC Safety –
Etymotic Research, Inc. –
Macks Earplugs and Swim plugs –
“Tinnitus Distraction” Devices (sound machines)
Brookstone –
Sleep Machines –

Tinnitus Treatment
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy – 
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy –

Assistive Listening Devices
Adco Hearing Products –
Harris Communications –
Silent Call Communications –
Speech-Language Pathology

Autism Society of America –
Wrightslaw –
National Autism Association –
Autism Speaks –
South Carolina Autism Society –

Starfall –
Linguisystems –
Super Duper Publications –

Linguisystems –
Super Duper Publications –
The Hanen Centre –

Professional Organizations

American Speech-Language Hearing Association –
South Carolina Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Starfall –
Reading Rockets –
Wrightslaw –
LD Online –
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, Inc. –
The International Dyslexia Association –
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development –

The Stuttering Foundation –
National Stuttering Association –

Apraxia / Oral Motor
Apraxia-Kids –

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