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John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center

John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center

faculty and students

The John W. Keys Speech & Hearing Center,  in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational or clinical services.

Patient Information

Clinic Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

8:00 am - 11:00 am
Starting September 29, 2023, the Friday hours are changing to 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Directions and Contact Information

1200 N Stonewall Ave
College of Allied Health
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Accessibility Map

Patients and prospective students:  free visitor parking is available in the parking garage accessible from Stonewall Avenue north of the College of Allied Health building and south of 13th Street.  Bring your ticket to your clinic appointment or prospective student appointment to be validated.  Accessible parking spaces are available on the north side of the College of Allied Health building.

To Schedule Appointments:
Phone: (405) 271-2866
Fax:  (405) 271-3360

Insurance Networks

The following is a list of participating health plans: 

Insurance Plans Accepted:
Health Choice
Health Choice Highways

In rare instances, our clinical staff may not participate in all health plans listed. Please call to confirm the acceptance of your plan.

Good Faith Estimate Information

Clinic Staff

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Mark your calendars! Our hours are changing.
Effective September 29, 2023
the Keys Clinic will close at 11 a.m. on Fridays

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Two of our outstanding faculty, Dr. Suzanne Kimball and Dr. Jennifer Tetnowski, were featured on the ASHA Voices podcast, produced by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the largest professional association of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.  On the podcast, they discuss how they have combined their interests and expertise to assist patients with mild traumatic brain injury and tinnitus.  

Click this link to hear about how these excellent clinicians and their students work as teams to reach the best possible outcomes for their patients.   You can also stream the podcast on Apple Podcats, TuneIn, and Spotify by searching for "ASHA Voices."


Audiology Services

Balance Assessment Clinic

Who We Are:
The John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center Balance Assessment Clinic provides evaluation of the vestibular organs responsible for maintenance of balance and prevention of falls.  As appropriate, an expert in vestibular evaluation makes recommendations regarding treatment for falls and balance disorders.

Who We Serve:
The Balance Assessment Clinic services pediatric and adult populations with disorders of balance.

What We Do:
Evaluations include assessment of all five vestibular organs using techniques including videonystagmography (VNG), caloric testing, vestibular head impulse testing (vHIT), rotary chair evaluation, and posturography.  In addition, Epley canalith repositioning procedures, Sermont maneuver, and Lempert maneuver are employed to remediate benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Diagnostic Audiology and Hearing Aids

Who We Are:
The John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center provides a wide range of audiology related services to a population ranging from newborns to adults.

Who We Serve:
In addition to conventional methods of audiometric testing used to evaluate older children and adults, the Center utilizes a variety of advanced diagnostic test procedures including auditory brainstem testing, otoacoustic emission testing, acoustic immittance testing, visual reinforcement audiometry, and conditioned play audiometry to evaluate hearing sensitivity of young children and infants.

What We Do:
Diagnostic services are used to assist in determining if hearing loss is present and, if so, to quantify the extent of the hearing impairment. Diagnostic services are also used to assist in the identification of the underlying cause of the hearing disorder. In addition to its diagnostic services, the Center provides a wide range of rehabilitative services related to the remediation of hearing impairment. In particular, the Center provides a full range of services related to the evaluation, selection, and fitting of hearing aids as well as a wide variety of assistive listening devices for individuals with hearing loss.

Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic

Who We Are:
The OUHSC Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic is coordinated by an audiologist who specialized in the diagnosis and management of tinnitus and sound sensitivities.

Who We Serve:
The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic provides a wide range of services to individuals experiencing tinnitus perception (ringing in the ears), hyperacusis (sensitivity to sounds) and misophonia (hatred or negative feelings to sound).

What We Do:
Evaluations include an in depth interview followed by a comprehensive audiological exam. Based a patient’s concerns several other specialized tests are performed.  Using a comprehensive and integrative approach an appropriate and customized treatment plan is established.

For more information, or if you are interested in participating in any of our clinical research studies, please contact Dr. Kimball at (405) 271-4214 Ext. 46068 or email her at

Tinnitus and Sounds Sensitivity Lab (TASSL)

United Way Hearing Aid Bank Clinic

Who We Are:
The United Way Hearing Aid Bank (UWHAB) Clinic assists individuals with limited income in purchasing new, advanced, digital hearing aids at the reduced price of $400 per hearing aid. The program is a collaborative effort among the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Starkey Hearing Instruments and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.

Who We Serve:
Eligibility for this program includes:

  • Meeting the salary qualifications as outlined in the application

  • Residing in one of the counties served by the Central Oklahoma United Way (Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma or Pottawatomie)

  • Being at least 18 years of age or older

What We Do:
Qualified individuals will receive a free diagnostic hearing test. The diagnostic hearing test is used to quantify the extent of the hearing impairment. Qualified individuals will be counseled regarding the use of amplification and recommendations are made. Once an individual has selected to purchase hearing aid(s), the patient is set up with a hearing aid fitting appointment. The hearing aid fitting appointment time is used to customize the hearing aid(s) for the patient. Follow-up appointments are also available to the patient at no charge. To apply for the UWHAB clinic, please call (405) 271-2866 or click the application link below.

UWHAB Application
UWHAB Application (Spanish)

Walk In Clinic

Who We Are:
Walk-In Clinic is managed by an audiologist to provide follow-up care to previous services.

Who We Serve:
Individuals who have already established patients of the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center, who may not have time to make an appointment or who need to drop in for a quick hearing aid adjustment.

What We Do:
Walk-in clinic is primarily used for individuals who are hearing aid wearers and established patients needing minor adjustments or follow-up care. The Walk-In Clinic schedule changes each semester based on our student’s academic schedule, please give us a call to ask what day and time Walk-In Clinic is.

Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Faculty

Peter Keates, DMA, MA, CCC-SLP

Peter Keates
Peter Keates, DMA, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Beth Lane, MA, CCC-SLP

Beth Lane , MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Mona Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Mona Ryan
Mona Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Clinical Associate Professor
Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Coordinator

Jennifer Thompson Tetnowski , PhD, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Thompson Tetnowski
Jennifer Thompson Tetnowski , Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Mary Elizabeth Young, MA, CCC-SLP

Mary Young
Mary Elizabeth Young, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Therapy Services

Accent Modification Program (AMP)

Who We Are:
Peter Keates, DMA, CCC-SLP is the director of the Accent Modification Program in the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. Dr. Keates began his career as a professor of voice and professional singer.  He currently practices as a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in the state of Oklahoma. He teaches Phonetics in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department in the College of Allied Health and has taught diction courses in English, French, Italian, and German. He has performed repertoire in Italian, Latin, German, French, Russian, Czech, Finnish, Spanish, and Mandarin and continues to perform professionally. After coaching singers in foreign language diction for many years and training accent modification in the clinic as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Dr. Keates offers a unique and exciting expertise in clinical accent modification.

Who We Serve:

  • Our clients are nonnative English speakers who are proficient in spoken English.
  • We serve students preparing to enter the professional world, professionals currently in the workplace, and any person wanting to improve their English communication skills.
  • We train both pediatric and adult clients. 

What We Do:
The Accent Modification Program (AMP) can help you improve your speech intelligibility for Standard American English and gain confidence in your communication. The goal of this program is not to eliminate your accent, rather to improve your ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English. Nonnative speakers often pronounce English based on their native sound systems of stress and intonation which can vary greatly from English. This can lead to miscommunication and cause frustration for the speaker and listener.  Our program is customized for each individual to meet their specific communication needs. We offer expertise in accent modification in a positive and supportive environment. You will receive a full speech evaluation with a personalized treatment plan and one-on-one training. During your evaluation, we will record and analyze your speech sample. Together, we will identify your personal goals for improved communication and create a customized plan for your one-on-one treatment sessions. 

More information can be found here.

Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders Clinic

Who We Are:
The John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center is located on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. The Adult Neurological Clinic is located within John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. The clinical faculty is composed of certified Speech-Language Pathologists from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders within the College of Allied Health. Graduate interns in speech-language pathology evaluate and treat patients under the direct supervision of the clinical faculty.

Who We Serve:
Adults who are 18 and over with acquired disorders that affect:

  • Language
  • Motor Speech
  • Voice
  • Fluency
  • Cognition
  • Swallowing 

What We Do:
We provide assessment and treatment that is research-driven and patient-goal-oriented for the rehabilitation of acquired disorders of communication and swallowing. These disorders are often associated with but are not limited to stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, Parkinson’s, and more.  Our clinical faculty promotes early and intensive intervention to stimulate the recovery of speech, language and cognitive function to help adult patients regain their maximum potential. We additionally provide functional training in multi-modality communication to encourage the return to vocation and community participation.  Committed to the communication health of our community, support groups for aphasia, and related communication problems, are facilitated by expert faculty. More information on support groups can be found here.

Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic

Who We Are:
Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic was established in 1959 as an interdisciplinary clinic specializing in the evaluation of children and adults with cleft lip/palate and/or hypernasal speech. The clinic adheres to the Parameters for Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Anomalies of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

Who We Serve:
Patients are evaluated by specialists in the fields of audiology, genetics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontia, pediatric dentistry, social work, and speech-language pathology. Evaluations by specialists in otorhinolaryngology (ENT), pediatric neurology, pediatrics, prosthodontia, psychology, radiology are also available as needed. Following the evaluations, the clinic team staffs each patient and provides individualized treatment
Goals. A timetable for the treatment is also provided to maximize the benefit obtained. Patients are followed in the Clinic until all goals are met.

What We Do:
Referrals to the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic are accepted from a variety of sources including dentists, physicians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and other healthcare professionals. Self-referrals are also accepted. Patients come from all areas of Oklahoma and from adjacent states.

iLEAP: The John W. Keys Interprofessional Language Enrichment and Pre-Kindergarten Program

iLEAP (Interprofessional Language, Enrichment and Pre-Kindergarten Program), located within the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus, is a university training designed to provide a language-rich, pre- kindergarten experience for preschool-aged children with delayed communication development and behavioral challenges, as well as children who exhibit typical development.  We work interprofessionally with colleagues to provide services to our iLEAP children in the areas of dentistry, audiology, and nutritional sciences.  The goal of this specialty clinic is to help children be prepared to mainstream into classrooms in their local school districts and to be successful in the classroom environment. The iLEAP staff consists of certified speech-language pathologists along with graduate and undergraduate students in speech-language pathology within the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of the College of Allied Health.  The iLEAP program is a partner agency of the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

iLEAP is a half-day program enrolling children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old who exhibit communication delays, with particular classes designed for children on the autism spectrum. We have small class sizes and a low child to teacher ratio to provide an optimal learning environment.  We also encourage enrollment for typically developing children in this age range to have a language enriched, structured pre-kindergarten experience. These children are a valuable part of the program as they serve as peer models for children with delayed communication skills.

The iLEAP program provides:

  • -a language-rich preschool environment
  • -behavior supports and interventions
  • -small group instruction 
  • -individual speech and language treatment
  • -a research site for the study of typical and atypical communication development

iLEAP is a self-supporting clinic dependent on monies generated through tuition fees, grant monies, and donations. As a member of the iLEAP family you may be asked to assist with fundraising efforts. There is a flat tuition fee of $185.00 per child, due at the beginning of each month. Partial months will be prorated at $25.00 per day. Speech therapy fees for Keys Clinic are separate.

Scholarships may be available for families. While all applicants for scholarship support are considered, preferences given to families with demonstrated financial need. See scholarship forms for more information.

Please contact Beth Lane, M.A.,CCC-SLP  or visit iLeap

Pediatric Speech-Language Clinic

Who We Are:
The John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center is located on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus. The Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy Clinic is located within John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. The clinical faculty is composed of certified Speech-Language Pathologists from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders within the College of Allied Health. Graduate interns in speech-language pathology evaluate and treat patients under the direct supervision of the clinical faculty.

Who We Serve:
The clinic serves children from birth to 18 who are experiencing difficulty with:

  • Speech articulation
    • Phonological Disorders
    • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Auditory comprehension of language
  • Expressive use of language 
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders
  • Literacy  

What We Do:
The clinic provides:

  • Complete diagnostic evaluations of communication disorders in children
  • Individual speech and language treatment
  • parent observation and counseling
  • observation and practicum experience for undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology
  • a research site for the study of atypical communication development

SPEAK OUT! © & LOUD Crowd ®

Speak Outloud crowd

What is SPEAK OUT! © 
SPEAK OUT! © is a program of voice and cognitive exercises that emphasize speaking with intent,  converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. For individuals living with Parkinson’s, successful completion of this program results in improved ability  to make yourself heard! This program is delivered over 12 speech therapy sessions by SPEAK OUT! certified speech-language pathologists.

I am a person living with Parkinson’s. When should I see a speech therapist? 
Your neurologist may recommend you receive speech therapy to improve or maintain your speaking ability. However, if you notice a change in other’s ability to hear or understand you, you may ask your neurologist to refer you to a SPEAK OUT! program.
•    Do you have trouble being heard in noisy or crowded places?
•    Do others ask you to repeat yourself?
•    Do you feel you are ignored in a conversation? 

Where and When can I receive services? 
You can receive SPEAK OUT! services weekdays through OU Health by calling:
John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center at 405-271-2866
OU Outpatient Services at 405 – 271-4152

You can join the LOUD CROWD LUNCH sessions every Tuesday at noon at the John W Keys Speech and Hearing Clinic, with free-validated parking.

How much does it cost? 
SPEAK OUT! treatment sessions are billed to your insurance provider, but you may have a co-payment.
Don’t have insurance benefits? The John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center does offer sliding scale fees based upon your income. Please ask about these fees when calling the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. 

Thanks to the support of the Parkinsons Foundation of Oklahoma, the LOUD Crowd®  is delivered free, but you must have already completed a course of SPEAK OUT® from any certified provider.

Parkinson’s Voice Project website

You can join the LOUD CROWD LUNCH sessions every Tuesday at noon at the John W Keys Speech and Hearing Clinic, with free-validated parking.