Who We Are
The Marion Downs Hearing Center (MDHC) is recognized worldwide for unique leadership, stellar service provision and progressive innovations in the realm of hearing, and deafness. We value and promote individual and family choice in treatment, technology and communication options.
In a fitting tribute to Dr. Downs’ exemplary professional career, MDHC was officially opened on May 24, 2005 on the Fitzsimons campus of the University of Colorado Medical Center.
MDHC strives to provide national and international resources, services, education and research to support the needs of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families and the professionals who work with them. On a larger scale, community outreach is also a Center mandate, including local, state and international teaching and services.
MDHC has a "cradle to grave" approach of working with infant hearing programs, early intervention programs, family-centered support programs, and geriatric hearing concerns. Reflecting the spirit of Dr. Down's professional philosophies, the MDHC promotes and provides inter-disciplinary collaboration which benefits parents, consumers, clinicians and researchers, in order to meet the needs of individuals with hearing loss.
- 8 children attended Marion's Way Preschool; all received scholarship support.
- 3,000 babies were screened for hearing loss at birth.
- 100 people attended Sign Language Program classes and workshops.
- 65 high school students participated in the Teen Program.
- We received 10,892 hours of volunteer support valued at nearly $233,000 worth of service.
- 1 high school student received a $500 college scholarship at Campus Connections.
- 100 audiologists, researchers, and teachers received professional training from us through workshops, conferences, and telemedicine.
- 3 practices in rural Colorado received technical assistance and tele-audiology services from us.
- 5,000 people received services in our comprehensive clinical program.