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Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation

The Lions Club District 5M generously provided funding to establish the International Hearing Center at the University of Minnesota and continues to support initiatives at the center.

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Hearing loss can be overwhelming. But we have effective solutions for you. The Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic at University of Minnesota Medical Center can evaluate a wide range of hearing impairments and maximize your communication potential. With advanced expertise, our audiologists can prescribe and program the best possible hearing instrument for you, including hearing aids and cochlear implants.

At the Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic, we are proud to be a part of the Lions 5M International Hearing Center that is located within our clinic. The Lions Club District 5M generously provided funding to establish the International Hearing Center at the University of Minnesota and continues to support initiatives at the center.

Our Approach

The Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic offers the following services:
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Auditory brain stem testing
  • Diagnostic hearing evaluations
  • Electrocochleaography
  • Facial nerve testing (electroneuronography)
  • Otoacoustic emission testing
  • Stacked auditory brainstem response testing and steady-state potentials
  • Tinnitus evaluations

Hearing Aids

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.

Cochlear Implants

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.

Aural Rehabilitation

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

Conditions We Treat

  • Ear and Hearing Conditions
  • Hearing Loss in Adults
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Balance Disorders

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that partially restores hearing. To qualify, patients must have had at least some hearing in the past. While cochlear implants can help a person detect sounds better, the ability to make sense of those sounds has to be learned.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing
  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Electroneuronography
  • Electrocochleography
  • Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation
  • Otoacoustic Emission Testing
  • Stacked Auditory Brainstem Response ABR Testing
  • Tinnitus Evaluation
  • Vestibular Evaluations
  • Electrophysiology Studies
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