Nursing Home Care Unit

The Audiology program in the Nursing Home Care Unit (NHCU) is directed by Diana Leonard, M.S. and provides the complete range of Audiology services. Graduate students with traineeships rotate through the NHCU on a monthly basis. Services provided include a screening assessment upon admission, with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation if needed. Patients found to have significant hearing problems are provided with hearing aids or other assistive devices. Over half of the patients currently residing in the NHCU use some form of amplification. Each patient receives hearing aid follow-up on a monthly basis. In addition, semi-annual inservices are provided to NHCU staff members on care and use of hearing aids and strategies for communicating with patients with hearing impairment.