We strive to provide superior clinical education to graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology and to offer state-of-the-art and compassionate services to individuals with communication and related disorders

Our mission is concise: we strive to provide superior clinical education to graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology and to offer state-of-the-art services to individuals in our community with communication and related disorders. Our clients are our partners in achieving these goals; they receive speech, language or hearing evaluation and treatment by our graduate student clinicians, under the careful supervision of our licensed and experienced clinical instructors.


Do you or someone close to you have a suspected or diagnosed communication disorder? Referrals to the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center can be made by audiologists, speech-language-pathologists, educators, physicians or through self-referrals. If you have a current assessment (diagnosis), it helps us plan treatment; please forward a current assessment and any suggested treatment plan before your scheduled appointment. However, if those are not available, diagnostic appointments with appropriate testing can be scheduled at the clinic.

Payment of services

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic submits claims to:

Accountable Health Plans Amerigroup Cisco
Corvel Coventry/Aetna Focus Health/Oxiant
HFN Health Alliance Midwest Humana
Health Partners Iowa Total Care Medicaid
Medicare Midlands MultiPlan
O’Hara LLC Prime Health Services Sanford
UMR United Healthcare United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
USA Managed Care Org Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield  

Coverage varies widely among insurance carriers and within plans that they offer; your financial responsibility depends on the type of service and your health insurance plan. Payment options include cash, check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover). A sliding fee scale is available for services provided at WJSHC, based on the client's ability to pay, taking into consideration annual income and family size.

For questions / additional information about billing, submission of claims or financial assistance, please contact Cleo McConnell at cleaster-mcconnell@uiowa.edu or 319-335-8703.

Financial Resources for Audiology Clients

Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of hearing aids, earmolds, and associated services, although some private insurance companies and Medicaid may cover them. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company to find out what your plan covers. If you need assistance, please ask to arrange an appointment with our business manager.

Several funds are available for financial assistance for audiology clients:

  • Elizabeth Thomas Fund – This fund was established by our former patient, Elizabeth Thomas. It applies to children 18 years of age and younger in need of hearing aids. This fund covers half the cost of the hearing aids. No application required.
  • Student Academy of Audiology Fund – A fund established by Audiology Doctoral Students. It applies to individuals who are in need of hearing aids. Ask your audiologist or student clinician about the application process.
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – This fund is established through legislation and is voted on annually. It applies to children under 21 years of age, who reside in Iowa, and who are underinsured or uninsured for audiological or hearing aid services.  Ask your audiologist or student clinician about the application process.
  • Local Service Organizations – Check with service organizations in your local community such as Lions, Sertoma and Quota for funding assistance with hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices.


The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center is on the west side of the University of Iowa campus at the intersection of Hawkins Drive and Stadium Drive (near a large white water tower northwest of the University Hospitals and Clinics). 

If you plan to take the bus, you may wish to use a Cambus, the free yellow-and-black University buses with multiple routes that originate at the West Campus Transportation Center (WCTC). WCTC is located directly North of Kinnick Stadium and is less than a block away. The Iowa City bus line also has a stop at the corner of Hawkins and Evashevski Drives. 


The linked document provides accessibility information for those driving to the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic; an interactive map for accessibility on campus has also been developed by the University.

Contact the Clinic at 319-335-8736 for any additional accessibility queries.

Non-discrimination Policy

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, as part of The University of Iowa, prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD), diversity@uiowa.edu.