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Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation

Find solutions for hearing loss

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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, Fairview, 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.

Lions 5M International Hearing Center
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.

Pediatric Services
The Lions Children's Hearing and ENT Clinic at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital was designed to meet the complex diagnostic, treatment and on-going needs of children with hearing loss at one location.

Doctors & Providers

Audiology

Neurotology

Otolaryngology

Pediatric Audiology

Pediatric Genetics

Pediatric Neuropsychology

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology

Psychology

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

News and Events

Many fun, informative meetings and classes take place in the Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic. Check back frequently to stay in the know.

Coffee and Chat

First Wednesday of every month (except July and September, 10-11 a.m.)
Phillips-Wangensteen Building, Eighth Floor
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
(follow signs from the patient elevator)

Coffee and Chat is an informal gathering of members of the cochlear implant support group and people who want to learn more about cochlear implants.

Whether you recently received a cochlear implant or are considering one, you probably have many questions. This is your chance to talk with those who already have cochlear implants, and ask them the questions that no one else can answer.

Join us. We'd love to hear your story and meet you. Don't worry about being able to communicate with us. We are all deaf. We are prepared to talk slowly, repeat, write notes, or do whatever it takes to communicate with you! Bring your family and friends, too. They are an important part of your support team, and need to know what to expect.

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Family Meet-Up

Creating community among families who have children with hearing loss
First Tuesday of each month
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Amplatz Children's Hospital - Main Lobby
Family Resource Center and Children's Library
Remaining 2013 Meetings: August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3

Coffee * Childcare * Connections
Free childcare and light refreshments offered on-site
Gas cards and free parking too
No RSVP needed - just come join us!

Questions? Contact Erika King: 612-365-8300 or eking6@fairview.org.

Sponsored by Fairview Audiology/Aural Rehab and Lions Children's Hearing & ENT Clinic

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The Magic of Sound

For two friends, cochlear implants meant a whole new life.

The day was sunny and bright as the 2013 Cochlear Implant Picnic got underway. Everyone was celebrating the new world that had opened up for them since receiving cochlear implants from the audiology department at the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview (UMMC). 

Among this group were two double cochlear-implant recipients, Donna Savage and Linda Senechal. Outgoing and friendly, Donna and Linda have been friends for 10 years and regularly enjoy attending close-captioned plays at the Guthrie. In fact, Linda was the volunteer at the "cochlear chats" held in the Hearing Clinic in 2003, where Donna went to learn more.

Cochlear implants are surgically implanted electronic devices that provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing, due to damage to sensory hair cells in the cochlea, a spiral-shaped cavity in the inner ear.

Linda received her first implant in 1997, and her second in 2011. Like Donna, she was encouraged by meeting others at the University who had successfully received implants. Having lost her hearing as a young woman, Linda describes her first experiences with the implants as akin to "Rip van Winkle, waking up from a long sleep. Each sound that I recognized brought surprise and amazement."

Donna, who has had progressive hearing loss since her 20s, but did not receive her first implant until age 57, describes a similar  feeling. "My friends were waiting so I sent an email. It said, 'I see now that I have been living on the moon for quite awhile and now I am back on Earth with all of its beautiful sounds.'"

Linda worked with audiologist Dianna Hart on her implants, as did Donna. Donna also worked  with speech language pathologist Sara Oberg. She describes them both as "so patient and understanding."

In fact, Donna was so impressed with her experiences that "I changed all of my doctors to the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview, and I feel like I am in great caring hands."