Hearing and Speech Programs

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center diagnoses and treats hearing, speech, language and cognitive problems that affect communication in adults and children. Our team of more than 100 experts includes audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, occupational therapists, physical therapists and social workers. We offer every patient compassionate, personalized care. Additionally, Bill Wilkerson is a teaching site for deaf educators, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and physical therapists.

Hearing and Speech Care: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Highly specialized, collaborative team: Our audiologists and speech-language pathologists are board certified and hold certificates of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). We work with you, your primary care provider and other specialists to integrate and coordinate your care, including referrals.
  • Leader in hearing and speech care: Bill Wilkerson Center was one of the first centers in the country to treat communication disorders. This makes us uniquely qualified to evaluate your hearing and communication problems and prescribe treatment options.
  • Research-based approach: U.S. News & World Report ranks Vanderbilt University Audiology and Speech Pathology graduate programs as the #1 in the country. Our specialists are national leaders in research and provide access to the most advanced hearing and speech care.

Vanderbilt Hearing and Speech Programs and Services 

Hearing and Speech Conditions We Treat

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Aphasia
  • Articulation disorders
  • Augmentative communication needs
  • Autism
  • Balance problems 
  • Brain injury
  • Developmental delays and disabilities
  • Disequilibrium 
  • Dizziness
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Hearing loss and deafness/Single-sided deafness
  • Inner ear problems
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Microtia
  • Neurological disorders
  • Other communication issues
  • Otosclerosis
  • Speech and language delays and disorders
  • Stuttering 
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vertigo

Hearing and Speech Tests

  • Balance functioning test
  • Clinical bedside swallow assessment
  • Cochlear implant candidacy test
  • Cognitive/communication evaluation 
  • Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Modified barium swallow studies (MBS)
  • Occupational and physical therapy assessment  (post-brain injury)
  • Post-operative laryngectomy evaluation 
  • Speaking valve evaluation 
  • Speech and language assessment
  • Swallowing evaluations
  • Videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS)

Hearing and Speech Treatments

  • Feeding and swallowing therapy
  • Hearing aids and assistive devices
  • Hearing implant
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Swallow therapy

Hearing and Speech Locations

Vanderbilt Hearing and Speech Pediatric Speech Language Clinic
Medical Center East – South Tower, 6thFloor
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 956-5000
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Medical Center East – South Tower, 7th floor
1215 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Medical Center East – South Tower, 9th floor
1215 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Audiology & Hearing Aids
2002 Richard Jones Rd., Suite 301C
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: (615) 936-5000

Vanderbilt Hearing and Speech One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 21000
Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Franklin
919 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Children’s Hearing and Speech Franklin
2105 Edward Curd Lane, 2nd Floor
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Speech Pathology Hendersonville
262 New Shackle Island Road, Suite 207
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Phone: (615) 875-1482
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Lebanon
1670 West Main Street, Suite 130
Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: (615) 875-1482
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Hearing and Speech Care Team 

Our specialists are trained and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and may have additional certifications or training. All care is overseen or provided by team members licensed by Tennessee Department of Health.