VCU Audiology provides a wide range of hearing diagnostic and amplification/management options for all ages (birth through adult). Clinical services provided include:
- Behavioral evaluation
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
- Immittance audiometry (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes)
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAE)
- Assessment of balance (vestibular) function is also available for adults.
VCU Audiology provides and supports a number of different device options to improve access to sound for individuals with hearing loss. Our Audiologists are licensed to select, fit, and dispense hearing aids, and are uniquely trained to program cochlear implants. They provide expert troubleshooting when equipment concerns arise. Examples of devices offered include:
- Hearing aids
- Bone-conduction hearing devices (including Baha and Ponto), both surgical and non-surgical
- Earmolds for use with hearing devices (or for hearing protection)
- Cochlear implants
The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center Cochlear Implant Program began in 1986 as one of 24 original programs in the FDA Clinical Trials for multichannel cochlear implants. The program continues as a research study site for all three devices and has been designed as a Center of Excellence. Our cochlear implant team is the veteran implant team in Virginia. More information may be found at our website.
The Pediatric Audiology program offers a range of tests to determine a child's hearing status. Referrals come from the newborn hearing screening program, local health professionals and educators, as well as parental self-referral.
For a child with hearing loss, we help find the best interventions that will help improve the child’s access to sound. We work in partnership with families, educators, and other health care and agency providers to encourage the best possible communication development for children with hearing loss.
We also work closely with specialists in Otolaryngology in evaluation and monitoring of hearing in patients with ear health issues (e.g., middle ear infections/fluid).
- The VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities has developed Resource Landing Pads, which are central locations for parents to find information about online, print, and video resources, and Virginia-specific guidance related to their child’s disability. Dr. Eubanks wrote the document that can be found here under “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” (English and Spanish)
- Information from the Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Our department consulted on the development of “Loss & Found”, an 8-minute video resource for parents of children who have not passed their newborn hearing screening. (English and Spanish)