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Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences Archives

Tharpe, Woynaroski honored by speech sciences association

Sep. 12, 2019—Two faculty members from Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences have been recognized with annual awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), VUMC’s credentialing organization.

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Technology upgrades, signal sharing enhance hearing aid capabilities

Aug. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt’s hearing aid services provide patients with a variety of unique resources.

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Defective transporter linked to autism

Jul. 24, 2019—A first-of-its-kind mouse model may help reveal mechanistic underpinnings for the altered behaviors of autism spectrum disorder.

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Facility dog helps rehabilitate patients with neurologic diagnoses

Apr. 11, 2019—The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences’ newest employee is a physical therapist — but he also has a wet nose and wagging tail.

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Study takes personal approach to cochlear implant programming

Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently received a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve outcomes for children with significant hearing loss by providing individualized, prescription-like programming for their cochlear implants.

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Aphasia Group helps patients build communication skills

Feb. 14, 2019—For Dominique Herrington, MS, assistant manager of Rehab Services for the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences’ Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute, Thursdays are the best days to come to work.

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Duff’s traumatic brain injury research honored by NIDILRR

Jan. 10, 2019—In support of her research to understand and improve long-term outcomes of individuals with traumatic brain injury, Melissa Duff, PhD, associate professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, was recently named a 2018 Distinguished Switzer Research Fellow by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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Couple’s gift expands legacy of hearing, speech research

Oct. 11, 2018—Anne Marie Tharpe, PhD, might not have become a worldwide authority on pediatric hearing loss if she hadn’t been looking for something to do during study hall in her high school years in Memphis. One day, she and a friend volunteered to work in a classroom with deaf children.

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Study explores risk factors for acoustic neuroma growth

Aug. 23, 2018—Surgeons face a delicate proposition when treating acoustic neuromas, benign tumors on the nerve that affect hearing and balance. Removing small tumors through surgery and radiation can cause complications such as the loss of hearing, when the tumors may not grow and impact quality of life for years. But not removing them can allow them to grow and be more difficult to remove and pose even greater risks.

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New audiology clinic makes debut in Green Hills

Aug. 2, 2018—Adult patients now have a convenient new option for hearing evaluations, hearing aid consultations and fittings and other services with the opening of a new audiology clinic in Green Hills.

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Remote microphone system helps increase vocabulary of children with hearing loss

Apr. 26, 2018—Children with hearing loss who use remote microphone systems (RMS) at home have access to about 42 percent more words each day, providing a critical boost to vocabulary and language learning, a Vanderbilt study has found.

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Ohde remembered as consummate teacher, researcher

Feb. 15, 2018—Ralph Ohde, PhD, professor emeritus of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, died Jan. 8. He was 73.

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