The CMU Audiology Clinic is the major provider of audiological services for residents of central and northern Michigan. At the clinic, individuals may receive hearing assessments, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings and service, electrophysiologic testing (including stacked auditory brainstem response, auditory steady state response (ASSR), electronystagmography (ENG), video-nystagmography (VNG), and rotary chair testing), central auditory processing assessments and audiologic rehabilitation. The Audiology Clinic contains 8 audiometric testing booths (including 5 double room suites), a cochlear implant mapping room, 4 earmold impression labs, 4 digital hearing aid fitting rooms, an ALD demonstration area, an electrophysiological testing suite and lab and a complete vestibular assessment area including ENG, VNG and rotary chair testing. The Audiology Clinic also has an infant hearing impairment identification program that receives referrals from neonatal nurseries across several central and northern Michigan counties. Audiology students receive valuable clinical experience through participation in the more than 4,000 patient visits conducted at the clinic each year.
On-campus, clinical experiences take place in modern facilities that include nine audiometric booths, extensive hearing and physiology laboratories, an assistive listening device demonstration center and several therapy rooms dedicated to audiological rehabilitation. The clinic also offers numerous high-end computers loaded with industry-specific software.
The program coordinates student placement at off-campus facilities including school settings, otology practices, hospitals, regional facilities, adult foster care sites, medical care facilities and more. Students also gain valuable clinical experience through various specialized programs such as the Summer Specialty Clinics (SSC). The SSC, a summer program that began in 1946, offers services to as many as 100 children with communication disorders, including those with varying degrees of hearing loss.