Audiology & Cochlear Implant Center

University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute’s Audiology & Cochlear Implant Center provides innovative diagnostics and specialized treatments for infants through geriatrics with any degree or severity of hearing problems. Using state-of-the-art technological advancements, our highly trained audiologists provide patients with:

  • Advanced digital and traditional hearing aids provided right on site
  • Aural rehabilitation to regain good articulation
  • Cochlear implants and bone anchored implants to surgically treat hearing loss
  • Comprehensive audiology evaluations for an accurate medical diagnosis
  • Evaluation of assistive devices and hearing aids
  • Ongoing support services for implant recipients and families
  • Referrals to medical specialists when underlying conditions are suspected
  • Educational literature and videos

 

Full Range of Services at Convenient Locations
Our expert audiologists diagnose and treat hearing disorders in patients as young as newborns. Infants and children are diagnosed and treated at the renowned University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, while our leading-edge adult audiology program is based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Both facilities are located at our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio. We also offer a wide range of both diagnostic and management procedures for any hearing health needs at our six community locations:

  • UH Ashtabula Health Center
  • UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center
  • UH Mentor Health Center
  • UH Twinsburg Health Center
  • UH University Suburban Health Center
  • UH Westlake Health Center

 

Advanced Diagnostic Testing
Using the latest advancements in audiology, our specialists may determine hearing and balance ability using the following tests:

  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) or a physiological measure of the brainstem’s response to sound, which detects electrical activity in the cochlea and auditory pathways in the brain
  • Electrocochleography (ECoG) test for Meniere’s disease and other balance disorders
  • Vestibular myogenic potentials (VEMP) evaluation for superior semicircular canal dehisicence or tulio effect
  • Central auditory processing evaluations (CAPD) for patients who struggle when listening in background noise, have difficulty with auditory memory, have difficulties understanding when there is more than one person speaking or when the speaker has an accent

 

Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, is consistently ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the Midwest with comprehensive and advanced specialty care. At our extensive pediatric cochlear implant program, parents can be sure that their child is receiving exceptional care and the most advanced treatment available. The pediatric program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital includes:

  • Comprehensive audiologic evaluation
  • Complete training prior to cochlear implantation
  • Consultation/choice of cochlear implant
  • Educational and family support services
  • Surgical collaboration with neurotologic and pediatric otolaryngologic support

Adult Cochlear Implant Program
University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has one of the largest cochlear implant programs in the Midwest. In addition to offering comprehensive, coordinated and advanced cochlear implant care, our extensive implant program offers the use of Bone Anchored Hearing Devices (BAHA) and Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABI) to restore hearing to patients who cannot be managed using more traditional technology. The hearing implant program at UH Case Medical Center includes:

  • Comprehensive audiologic evaluation
  • Complete training prior to cochlear implantation, BAHA implantation, Auditory Brainstem implantation
  • Consultation/choice of cochlear implant, or other device under consideration
  • Educational and family support services
  • Surgical collaboration with neurotologic and neurosurgery support

Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment
University Hospitals Case Medical Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital audiologists and cochlear implant specialists have extensive experience in routine as well as complex hearing loss and auditory problems in both pediatric and adult patients. Our highly-trained and board-certified team at the Audiology & Cochlear Implant Center is one of the most accomplished and experienced in the nation and includes:

  • A neurotologist leading the cochlear implant team, who specializes in the treatment of ear disease and surgery, as well as nerve and brain-related problems of the ear
  • Surgeons who are fellowship trained in otology and neurotologic surgery
  • Audiologists who perform pre-operative hearing evaluations
  • Audiologists who are doctoral trained in the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance issues
  • Implant audiology specialists who program the external cochlear implant, BAHA, or ABI speech processor to the patient’s individual preferences and needs, measure performance with the device and reprogram it to accomodate physiological changes over time
  • Speech-language pathologists, social workers, education consultants and psychologists, as needed

 

Comprehensive Approach to Reversing Hearing Problems
Our comprehensive, one-stop approach to diagnosing and treating patients with hearing problems is unique in the world of hearing treatment. University Hospitals maintains an on-site hearing aid clinic where custom hearing aids, assistive listening devices and FM systems are fitted for patients of all ages. Our audiologists can provide custom swim or noise plugs to prevent damage to the ear from recreational or occupational activities. Musician plugs are also available.

We believe that family support is vital, and patient and family members are an important part of the cochlear implant team at UH. We get to know our patients and spend years working with them as their needs change and technology advances.

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