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Hearing & Speech Center hopes to have new machine by February

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center hopes to have their new audiometer by February of next year.

It's a machine that measures the middle ear and helps determine the cause of hearing disorders. The center recently received a donation of five thousand dollars from the Yakima Masonic Charities.

The new machine would replace the previous one workers say is outdated.

"We want to have the best equipment for Yakima citizens to measure their hearing. 17-year-old audiometers are not... They're not up to the caliber... Of what this community needs," says the Center's Executive Director Nancy Leahy.

Leahy says they test about four thousand people a year with audiometers. She says this new one will help them to test much faster than before.

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