Hearing Implant Program

The Hearing Implant Program at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center offers hope for adults and children with hearing loss who need additional help beyond the traditional hearing aids. 

Hearing Implant Program: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Center of excellence: For more than 30 years, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center has been one of the leading hearing implant centers. Our research continues to advance effectiveness of implant technology. 
  • Experienced team approach: Our hearing implant team includes surgeons, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and educators. This makes them uniquely qualified to manage your diagnosis and develop a personalized care plan for you that will improve your quality of life.
  • Collaborative care: We work closely with your primary care provider, otolaryngologists and other specialists in our local and regional community to provide comprehensive care and treatment. We also provide you with ongoing support through our hearing loss and tinnitus classes. 

Hearing Implant Program: Conditions We Treat

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Hearing loss
  • Microtia

Hearing Implant Program: Tests We Offer

  • Audiological testing
  • Medical evaluation
  • Speech and language testing

Hearing Implant Program: Treatments

  • Cochlear implant: This electronic device allows patients to “hear” by direct electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve, which transmits signals from the inner ear to the brain. 
  • Bone-anchored implant (BAI): This surgical or non-surgical hearing device that sends sounds directly to the inner ear using small vibrations. This device can be used with patients who have conductive and mixed hearing losses, as well as those with single-sided deafness. 
  • Multichannel auditory brainstem implant (ABI): This implant provides sound to people who become deaf when tumors are removed from their auditory (hearing) nerves. The ABI bypasses the damaged nerves by providing electrical stimulation to the cochlear nucleus of the brainstem. This stimulation produces a response that can be interpreted by the brain as sound.

Hearing Implant Program: Locations

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Medical Center East – South Tower, 9th Floor
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
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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