Supporting Individuals and Families With Hearing or Communication Challenges

A nonprofit "Center of Excellence," developing and providing hearing, speech/language, and early literacy services and programs.

At the Marion Downs Center, we value comprehensive service, individual attention, family engagement,
evidence-based solutions and a wellness approach to hearing and communication challenges.

News and Announcements

Hearing Loss And Your Heart

The ears can be a "window to the heart." Learn more about the relationship between heart health and hearing loss!
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Tinnitus: A Symptom, Not a Disease

Get your tinnitus under control at the Marion Downs Center. Learn how to minimize the impacts of tinnitus and improve your quality of life!
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An MDC Patient Reflects on “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman was brought to the attention of the world on January 20th when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb“ at the presidential inauguration. She is the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, a title awarded in 2017.  “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave…
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Looking back on 2020 and Wishes for 2021 – A Letter from Dr. Gabbard

I am inspired by the resilience of our community and the MDC Team. I am also optimistic about expanding our impact in 2021. Thank you for sharing this journey with us! There were challenges in 2020 that are obvious to everyone. However, we had many firsts in 2020: We created a safe environment at the…
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Meet our new Speech Language Pathologist!

Say hello to our new speech language pathologist, Sarah Bookout, M.A.!
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Celebrating 40 Years of Service with Clarisse Simonini-Weber

Join us in celebrating Clarisse Simonini-Weber’s retirement after 40 years in speech language pathology! Clarisse started her career as a speech language pathologist in September of 1980. In that time, Clarisse provided services to many individuals with diverse needs from hearing loss to neurogenic disorders to swallowing difficulties. Jill Wayne, AuD and past MDC Executive…
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