Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids
The UPMC Center for Audiology and Hearing Aids performs routine and specialized hearing evaluations and provides treatment for permanent hearing loss, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive listening devices.
The center has three specialized programs:
- Tinnitus Treatment Program - focuses on patients with tinnitus (noise in the ears) and hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to sound)
- Musicians' Hearing Center - cares for the auditory needs of musicians
- Cochlear Implant Program - helps those who cannot use hearing aids
In addition, the center can create custom earmolds, including:
- musicians' earplugs
- swim plugs
- in-ear monitors
- earplugs to block noise
Our goal is to provide evidence-based care related to your hearing loss and communication challenges. This means collecting appropriate data regarding your hearing loss, communication needs, and lifestyle in order to provide you with an evidence-based solution that will match available technology to your hearing loss and lifestyle. It is essential that the audiologist measures and understands these aspects of the individual prior to making recommendations. This ensures the best possible individualized solution for each person.
Our audiologists also use current research literature to ensure that they are recommending features that are supported by evidence to enhance hearing and listening. In addition, our clinic participates in a variety of research studies that allow us to test new technology so we can be sure to recommend technology that will work for you and not simply recommend the latest or most expensive technology.