Audiology clinical faculty and graduate students from the Doctor of Audiology Program offer out of hospital (OOH) audiology clinics for members of the Wisconsin Plain communities. Children in these communities are born at home with the assistance of a midwife, many do not receive newborn hearing screenings and very few receive any follow up care. Members of these communities typically have limited access to hearing healthcare. These clinics are hosted at various locations in rural Wisconsin, including the Center for Special Children in La Farge and the Augusta Senior Center.
Hearing screening and diagnostic services are offered to children and adults of all ages. Services offered include: pure tone audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, screening and diagnostic auditory brainstem testing, counseling, education about hearing loss and hearing loss prevention and cerumen removal. Over 500 people have been seen in these clinics since they were established in 2011. Numerous children and adults have been newly identified with hearing loss at these clinics.