Who We Serve
We offer services to children and adults who:
- are deaf;
- are hard of hearing;
- need hearing screenings for occupational or school needs;
- have a possible hearing loss necessitating a full diagnostic hearing evaluation;
- require a (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder evaluation;
- need hearing protection or custom earmolds;
- are interested in new hearing aids or assistive listening devices;
- have current hearing aids that need repair or reprogramming; or
- have cochlear implants, and who need mapping (programming), troubleshooting, or counseling services.
- suffer from tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance
- Hearing screenings. We offer speech, language, pure-tone hearing screening, and middle ear screenings to all 3- to 5-year-old children enrolled in the Dane County Head Start program. We also provide hearing screenings for adults in occupational hearing monitoring programs.
- Comprehensive hearing evaluations. We conduct diagnostic hearing evaluations that include pure tone air and bone audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex testing, and otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing.
- Evaluations of infants and difficult-to-test populations. Our audiology staff includes experienced pediatric audiologists. We conduct evaluations using Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) or Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA) as needed using two testers. We also supplement behavioral testing with objective measures such as otoacoustic emissions (OAE), Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, and multifrequency tympanometry measures.
- Electrophysiological testing. We offer non-sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing for children and adults. ABR testing identifies hearing loss in individuals who are difficult to test behaviorally, and provides a neurodiagnostic screening tool for auditory nerve problems.
- Evaluation for (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD): We provide comprehensive evaluation for CAPD in children (aged seven and older) and in adults. The CAPD assessment is a full-day event that includes evaluations by an audiologist and a speech-language pathologist.
To schedule a CAPD evaluation, please call the UWSHC at (608) 262-3951. The front desk staff will conduct an intake interview over the telephone, and send an information packet and case history form for you to complete and send back to the clinic. After we have received the completed forms, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
- Hearing aid services. Our audiologists provide full hearing aid evaluations, fitting, and dispensing services. We dispense all levels of hearing aid technology, and we are able to provide our patients with access to cutting-edge hearing technology at reasonable prices. We are committed to providing a high degree of patient satisfaction, and we provide services based on the most current research while considering individual needs. See also: Hearing Aid Recycling Program for low-income patients.
- Hearing aid repairs. We provide hearing aid repairs—either in-house or from a number of manufacturers—at a reasonable price.
- Assistive Listening Device (ALD) assessment and counseling. We demonstrate telephone amplifiers; television amplifiers; amplified alarm clocks; and alerting devices such as smoke alarms, personal listening devices, and FM systems in our clinic. We are able to order or assist in ordering specific devices to meet an individual’s needs.
- Custom ear impressions and hearing protection devices. We make custom ear impressions for musician’s earplugs, swimming earplugs, and other hearing protection devices.
- Cochlear implant mapping (programming) and troubleshooting. Our experienced cochlear implant audiologist provides mapping, troubleshooting, and counseling services for patients with Cochlear and Advanced Bionics’ cochlear implant devices.
- Aural (Re)habilitation. We provide counseling and follow-up services for all existing hearing technology patients as part of their appointments. We also provide specific aural (re)habilitation programs that focus on developing communication skills in auditory-oral or signed-based environments. Programs include hearing aid or cochlear implant orientation, auditory training, speech reading, and family counseling. Group programs for young children and their family members are also available. See also: Aural Habilitation Clinic (Pediatric).
- Tinnitus Services. The University of Wisconsin Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Program serves to treat individuals with tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance so that it no longer limits activities of daily life. It involves a multi-pronged approach, including evaluation of the tinnitus and/or decreased sound tolerance, the use of sound generators, and counseling that takes place over 18-24 months.