Helen Newell Garfield, daughter-in-law of President James Garfield, began to lose her hearing when she was a young woman. She was convinced, as we still are today, that communication is the key to living and functioning independently in society.  In 1921, Mrs. Garfield founded the Cleveland Association for the Hard of Hearing, a non-profit organization which has evolved into the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC).


As the premier provider of hearing, speech-language, and deaf programs, services and advocacy for over 95 years, CHSC offers our clients the best in care and attention through the following departments:


The audiologists at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center have over 90 years combined experience working with people of all ages, from infants and toddlers to adults and seniors. We specialize in conducting hearing tests and patients of all ages and also dispense hearing aids to those individuals if necessary. We are committed to working with you to determine your individual hearing needs and to find the best solutions that work with you, your hearing loss, and your lifestyle.

For those who qualify, CHSC offers the Audiology Patient Assistance (APA) program for those who cannot afford to purchase hearing aids.

Families of infants who failed their hearing test at birth are encouraged to contact us for information about our free Infant Hearing Program – an outreach service that works with you and your family to determine the best approach for communicating with your child.


Speech and language abilities are the basis for all learning. At Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, our speech-language pathologists provide comprehensive services to help children and adults develop or regain effective listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

We provide a variety of services to promote effective communication among people of all ages and ability levels. Starting with infants and toddlers, we work to develop speech-language skills that will serve as the child’s foundation for all future learning. We assist parents by teaching strategies used to help children build strong listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as they grow. We help adults who have lost communication abilities due to stroke or other neurological diseases, as well as those who want to improve public speaking or interpersonal communication skills.


The Community Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) is the only full-service community center for the deaf in Northeast Ohio and provides a broad range of resources for persons who are deaf and/or hard of hearing living in Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain or Sandusky counties.

We provide interpreters wherever and whenever they are needed. You can request an interpreter anytime through our website, on the phone, in person or by email or fax.

Greater Cleveland area: (216) 231-0787
Lorain County and points west: (440) 277-4602
After-hours emergency number: (216) 436-0509

(the after-hours phone number for Lorain county is no longer in service)

Specialized services include staff specialists who are available to provide guidance to all who are interested in the sections of the ADA that apply to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We provide neuropsychological assessments for individuals ages 4 to 21 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing to evaluate cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

American Sign Language classes are available for persons wanting to improve their communication abilities with family, co-workers and friends who are deaf or hard of hearing. CCDHH provides three levels of ASL courses at set times and locations throughout the year. Instructors are fluent ASL signers who teach all classes. On-site corporate classes are also available.

In addition, we have a free public VIP room and host many social and educational events for deaf and hard-of-hearing people throughout the year.