The Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic offers the following services:Diagnostic testing
- Auditory brain stem testing
- Diagnostic hearing evaluations
- Facial nerve testing (electroneuronography)
- Otoacoustic emission testing
- Stacked auditory brainstem response testing and steady-state potentials
- Tinnitus evaluations
Finding the right hearing aid for each patient requires experience and expertise. To ensure every patient’s satisfaction, we offer:
- Comprehensive hearing aid evaluations
- Fitting of a wide range of conventional, programmable and digital hearing instruments
- Follow-up services
Consultations, surgery, fitting and follow-up for bone-anchored hearing aids are provided in conjunction with physicians specializing in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT). We also offer communication workshops for adult hearing aid users and their families.
For adults with severe to profound hearing loss who receive limited benefit from hearing aids, the Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center provides expert clinical care. An ever-increasing number of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults are now enhancing their primary mode of communication with the auditory information provided by a cochlear implant.
Cochlear implants are electronic devices designed to restore some degree of hearing in severely to profoundly hard-of-hearing people. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sound and require use of remaining hair cells in the cochlea, cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells in the inner ear by using electrical impulses to directly stimulate the auditory nerve fibers.
Today’s cochlear implants have made significant strides in signal processing so more information can be delivered at faster rates than with older version cochlear implants. They are extremely sophisticated devices that provide a rich sound quality.
While hearing aids and cochlear implants can help a person detect sounds better, the ability to make sense of those sounds has to be learned. Aural rehabilitation helps patients with hearing loss get the most benefit from hearing aids or a cochlear implant. University of Minnesota Medical Center is the Twin Cities’ leader in aural rehabilitation.
Aural rehabilitation focuses on:
- Detecting sounds, including vocalizations and environmental sounds
- Learning to discriminate between sounds (recognizing if sounds are the same or different)
- Identifying sounds (what is the sound or the word)
- Comprehension (using listening to better understand the environment)
- Providing support as the individual returns to daily life and work activities