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New audiology clinic makes debut in Green Hills

Aug. 2, 2018, 10:53 AM

 

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.

The new Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center clinic is located at 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite 301c. Three providers will see patients — Gina Angley, AuD, Whitney Manuel, AuD, and Alison Ward, AuD. The clinic is in addition to two other locations for the adult audiology program, at Medical Center East and in Franklin at 919 Murfreesboro Road (Highway 96).

Angley said the new facility, which opened July 9, is top-notch and offers the latest equipment.

“Everything is state-of-the-art and new for us,” Angley said. “We are excited to offer this convenient location to our patients.”

Hearing evaluations are an important first step for patients to determine their hearing status. In an evaluation, an audiologist will determine how well a patient is hearing and, if a loss is detected, decide what technologies and treatments can best improve hearing and quality of life. A visit will include talking about hearing history and concerns, checking ears for wax buildup, middle ear concerns and listening to a variety of tones and speech through headphones.

Based on the patients’ concerns and results from testing, Vanderbilt audiologists can then provide a detailed treatment plan, which may include hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Realistic expectations are also discussed with patients during their consultation appointment. Patients may also be advised to see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) or other specialist, if needed.

To schedule an appointment, call 615-936-5000.

Audiology is one of the many services of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. Other specialties include the treatment of ear, nose and throat diseases, and communication disorders such as hearing, speech, language and voice problems in children and adults. In addition, diagnostic and rehabilitative services are provided to those with balance or vestibular disorders and neurogenic disorders such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or Parkinson’s disease disorders that can impact communication.

“The opening of this new clinic in Green Hills represents the seventh off-campus clinic we have opened in the past five years or so,” said Anne-Marie Tharpe, PhD, professor and chair of Hearing and Speech Sciences and associate director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. “This expansion reflects the growing demand for rehabilitative services and our desire to make them readily accessible to our patients.”

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