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VHA Audiology

Audiologists are licensed healthcare professionals who care for Veterans and Service Members through the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing disorders to include hearing loss, balance impairment and tinnitus. Audiologists counsel patients and families regarding good hearing health practices and advise them on appropriate management strategies.

Audiologists utilize comprehensive diagnostic audiology tests to assess the hearing of VHA audiology patients. If, upon review of these test results,  a hearing loss is determined to be present,  the Audiologist will discuss with the patient the best treatment options.  VHA Audiology has access to the most current, state of the art technologies to include:  hearing aids, personal amplifiers, assistive technologies, and cochlear implants.

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Telehealth Information

During the COVID-19 pandemic, VA Staff are working very hard to protect Veterans, Service Members, and their families from possible exposure to the coronavirus. This is being achieved through the implementation of social distancing policies to include the limiting of face to face visits. To support these efforts, a variety of telephone and telehealth options have been enabled to address VHA audiology patient needs from a distance. Please see the Telehealth Information section below to learn more.

Enterprise Remote Tuning of Hearing Instruments (ERTHI)

VHA Audiology in a collaborative effort with Patient Care Services, VHA Audiology and Speech Pathology Services; Office of Connected Care; VHA Innovation Ecosystem; VHA Office of Information Security; VHA Office of Information and Technology and VHA Account Management Office recently deployed Enterprise Remote Tuning of Hearing Instruments (ERTHI).  ERTHI provides VHA staff the ability to remote tune hearing instruments for our Nation’s Veterans.  This allows for easy access and follow-up services in their home or the most convenient and accessible location. ERTHI is now available to Veterans through the ERTHI which was implemented across the VA healthcare network as a COVID-19 Emergency response, to keep Veterans and VHA Audiologist from having to go to the hospitals when conducting remote tuning of hearing instruments for Veterans.

Key advances include:

  • Increasing Veterans’ access to care by enabling remote access to VA hearing aid services from the Veteran’s home via smartphone or tablet
  • Reducing inconvenience and costs related to medical travel

At appointment time, patients use a free app on their smartphone to virtually connect with their audiologist via secure voice, text or video chat. Because the patient’s phone is linked to his/her hearing aids via Bluetooth® technology, the audiologist gains direct access to all hearing aid settings via the smartphone. This allows Veterans to receive on-the-spot tuning and program changes, counseling and more in real-time while remaining safely at home.  Contact your local VA Audiologist for more information and to get setup.

Vendor Resources

To assist with patient at home hearing aid and accessory maintenance, the Vendor Resources section below has been added. These links provide instructions through pamphlets and videos for hearing aid care and maintenance.

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