As of December 2019, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are now recognized as the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders under the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. This year, we are working to expand our services throughout our region. 

Lime Spring Expansion

In addition to services already offered at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, speech-language pathology and audiology services are now offered at Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center in Lancaster. 

Services at Lime Spring include:

  • Audiological screening, evaluation and treatment for newborns through adulthood
  • Hearing loss interventions for all age groups, including:
    • Hearing aids
    • Bone-anchored hearing solutions
    • Cochlear implants
  • Benign and malignant salivary gland disorders, including sialendoscopy
  • Chronic and acute ear infections
  • Head and neck masses
  • Speech pathology services with a focus on voice, swallowing, laryngectomy and upper airway disorders, including vocal cord dysfunction
  • Advanced head-and-neck skin cancer
  • Oral cavity lesions
  • Persistent sore throat and tonsillitis 
  • Sinus and nose infections, sinusitis and polyps
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders and tumors

Our providers:

  • Dr. Guy Slonimsky, otolaryngologist
  • Jackie Price, audiologist
  • Lauren Montero, audiologist
  • Carrie Ruggiero, speech-language pathologist

Our location:

Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center
2221 Noll Drive
First Floor, Suite E
Lancaster, PA 17603

Nyes Road Expansion

Additionally, audiology services are now offered at Penn State Health Medical Group – Nyes Road in Harrisburg. There, Audiology works in conjunction with Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT) as an interdisciplinary practice for a variety of head-and-neck-related disorders.  

Penn State Health Medical Group – Nyes Road Specialties include:

  • Audiological screening, evaluation and treatment for newborns through adulthood
  • Hearing aid services

Our providers:

  • Stephanie Milks, audiologist
  • Lauren Montero, audiologist

Our location:

Penn State Health Medical Group – Nyes Road Specialties
121 N. Nyes Road
Suite C
Harrisburg, PA 17112

Telehealth and COVID-19 Precautions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State Health is taking additional precautions to protect you and your family and provide speech-language pathology and audiology services safely. 

These precautions include:

  • Providers wearing personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing 
  • Visitor limitations
  • Telehealth services

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Telehealth Services

How do telehealth services work? Telehealth provides care from the comfort and safety of your home. It also benefits patients who live far away from Hershey Medical Center and can’t make frequent trips to the hospital. Telehealth is offered through either the Penn State Health OnDemand app or Zoom, depending on patient preference and ease of accessibility. All telehealth visits follow Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security guidelines.

  • Speech-language pathology services offered via telehealth include:
    • Voice therapy
    • Swallowing therapy
    • Dysphagia pathway follow-ups
    • Laryngectomy care (with the exception of tracheoesophageal puncture changes)
    • Speech/language therapy
    • Vocal cord dysfunction therapy
  • Audiology services offered via telehealth include:
    • Hearing aid evaluations and cochlear implant device selections
    • Hearing aid troubleshooting and adjustments*
    • Cochlear implant programming and adjustments*

* Due to technology limitations, not all services are available for all patients. Telehealth should be discussed with your provider to determine if you and your hearing technology are eligible for these services.

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  • Here’s how it works:
    • If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer with audio and video access, you can complete appointments via telehealth.
    • You will first need to be scheduled for your appointment by your Penn State Health clinic (you cannot schedule your own appointments via telehealth).
    • Simply provide your email address to your speech-language pathologist, audiologist or a medical office associate when you make your next appointment. You can also give your email address over the phone at a later date.

Connect via Penn State Health OnDemand

  1. Download the Penn State Health OnDemand iOS or Android mobile app on your phone or go to pennstatehealthondemand.com to sign up.
  2. If you have difficulty downloading the app, call Penn State Health OnDemand Information Services at 833-774-3627.
  3. Click Test My Computer prior to your appointment to make sure your device is compatible.
  4. Wait for your provider to begin the appointment. 

Connect via Zoom

  1. You’ll receive an email with a link and password. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder and call your Penn State Health clinic, if needed. 
  2. Click the link and enter the password at your appointment time.
  3. When prompted, make the selection to enable computer, phone or tablet audio/video access.
  4. Wait for your provider to begin the appointment.