Cincinnati--Through the generosity of the Bahmann Foundation, the
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of
Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences has established The
Bahmann Center for Assistive Devices. Named in memory of twin sisters,
Laura Belle and Emma Leah Bahmann who are both UC alumni, the center
provides hearing impaired individuals with information about and access
to a variety of devices that may be used for listening, alerting and
The center is housed in the Hastings L.
and William A. French Building on the Medical Center campus, to provide
educational services to the community and serve as a learning site for
students. Funded by the Bahmann Foundation, the center allows a person
to try state-of-the-art devices in a simulated home environment to
determine the benefit of using any instrument with or without a hearing
"The center has academic and research potential as well,"
said Kenneth Donnelly, professor emeritus of CAHS and curator of the
facility. "Very advanced electronic and computer capabilities are
incorporated in the design."
The department held a formal
dedication of the center last month in which a portrait of the Bahmann
sisters was unveiled. Joseph Steger, PhD, president of the university,
Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice-president and provost for health
affairs and Andrea Lindell, DNS, dean of the College of Nursing and
interim dean of the CAHS, expressed the appreciation of the University,
the Medical Center and the CAHS for the foundation's generous gift.
Members of the professional community of Speech-Language Pathologists
and Audiologists also participated in the events.
"We are very
thankful for the wonderful support and collaboration of the Bahmann
Foundation," Lindell said. "We hope to continue the relationship for
many years into the future."
John Gatch, the foundation's
director, said he was more than pleased with participating in the
establishment of the center. The lives of Emma Leah and Laura Belle
Bahmann spanned most of the twentieth century. Through their estate,
they left a generous legacy which established the Bahmann Foundation.
Many of its programs are designed to benefit the hearing-impaired
elderly who live in nonprofit institutions.
Information about programs at The Bahmann Center may be obtained by contacting Donnelly at (513) 558-0335.