Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Hearing Clinics
Vanderbilt Hearing offers world-class hearing care to patients of all ages. Our clinic, in conjunction with top-ranked academic programs and nationally recognized research labs, provides our patients with the latest techniques and therapies. Our audiologists specialize in providing hearing evaluations, hearing and communication interventions, and hearing loss prevention strategies. We work closely with Otolaryngology and other specialists in our local and regional community to provide comprehensive care and treatment options to our patients.
Locations and contact information
Audiology services are available in two clinics located in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. For an appointment call 615-936-5000.
- Vanderbilt Medical Center East, South Tower, Ninth Floor - 1215 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37232
- Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Franklin - 919 Murfreesboro Rd. (Highway 96), Franklin, TN 37064
The hearing evaluation is an important first step to determine your hearing status. Audiologists use hearing evaluations to find out how much you are hearing and decide what technologies and treatments can best improve your hearing. A typical hearing evaluation for adults will include talking about your hearing history and concerns, checking your ears for wax buildup and fluid in your middle ear, and listening to tones and speech through headphones. Your Audiologist will review the results of your evaluation with you and develop a treatment plan, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or further evaluation for other specialized treatments. Your Audiologist may also recommend consultation with Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians) or other specialist depending on the results of your evaluation.
Hearing aid selection and management
Hearing aid technology has improved greatly in the last few years. Most people who have hearing loss can obtain benefit from hearing aids. Even though they don’t replace normal hearing, hearing aids can help you understand speech sounds better and hear environmental sounds. Your audiologist will coach you on best ways to use your hearing aids and how to arrange your environment for good listening. The Hearing Aid Program at Vanderbilt Hearing offers a comprehensive approach to hearing aids. Our Audiologists work closely with our patients to determine their hearing aid needs and desires, in addition to providing hands-on guidance so our patients can achieve their best hearing. Audiologists within the Hearing Aid Program actively dispense hearing aids from several manufacturers and we are able to work with nearly any existing hearing aid model. We utilize the latest in evidence-based practices, including real-ear measures, and provide easy access to follow-up care.
We are able to assess and repair nearly any make or model of hearing aid in our hearing aid walk-in lab. Our walk-in service allows for professional hearing aid cleaning, troubleshooting, and supply pick up (tubing, batteries, etc.) without an appointment. The Walk-In Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Nashville location. Drop-off services are available at the Franklin location. Our walk-in clinic cannot adjust hearing aid programming, so please make an appointment with your audiologist if you need an adjustment.
Living with Hearing Loss Classes
Our free Living with Hearing Loss classes teach adults with hearing loss and their families valuable tips and tactics for better listening. Any degree of hearing loss can impact everyday life and cause difficulty at home, at work, in places of worship and in social settings. The Vanderbilt Bill Wlkerson Center is offering classes that are designed to reduce these known effects of hearing loss. Spouses and significant others are welcome (and encouarged) to join. Topics covered include anatomy of the ear, hearing loss and the hearing test, hearing aid technology, speechreading communication strategies and styles, roles of communication partners, and assistive listening devices. To reserve a seat, please call Amanda Edwards, AuD, at 615-343-6981 or Gina Angley at 615-936-5075.
For more information on hearing, hearing loss and hearing aids, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's website: http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/