Audiology and Electrophysiology
The Department of Audiology at University Hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders in individuals of all ages. Our audiologists work in conjunction with the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery to ensure continuity of patient care. The team collaborates with otologists and otolaryngologists (ENTs) in the University Hospital ENT Clinic and is part of several multi-disciplinary teams at University Hospital. Additionally, the Department of Audiology performs and oversees the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program at University Hospital. The Department is home to the Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey, which has been providing comprehensive cochlear implant services for children and adults since 1999. In addition to providing services related to cochlear implants, the Department of Audiology also provides evaluations for the assessment, selection and verification of bone conduction hearing devices. The audiologists at University Hospital are passionate about helping patients improve communication. They use state-of-the-art testing techniques to quantify the degree of difficulty a patient may be having. The audiologists listen to the communication needs and goals of each patient individually and monitor the ever changing advancements in hearing technology.
- Comprehensive audiological evaluations for pediatric through geriatric populations, including those with special needs
- Implantable device candidacy evaluation (cochlear implants and bone conduction devices)
- Implantable device programming
- Otoacoustic emissions testing (screening and diagnostic)
- Acoustic immittance testing
- Newborn hearing screening
- Diagnostic threshold and neurologic auditory brainstem response (ABR) studies
- Intraoperative evaluation of cochlear implant function
- Electrocochleography (ECohG)
- Videonystagmography (VNG) and Electronystagmography (ENG) evaluations
Implantable device manufacturers we work with:
The team works with the latest technology from all FDA approved cochlear implant and bone conduction device companies including: Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, MED-EL and Oticon Medical.
The Audiology Department is proud to serve the city of Newark and provides hearing screenings at local health fairs and events held at the Hospital and in the community.
We are located in the Ambulatory Care Center:
140 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07103
To schedule an appointment call:
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Meet our team
The team of specialized audiologists aims to provide gold standard patient-centered care, train and educate other professionals, and conduct research related to hearing and hearing loss in children and adults. Each audiologist holds a master's or a doctoral degree with national certification and state licensure.
Lisa D. Bell, Au.D., CCC-A
Lisa Bell, Au.D., CCC-A is the Audiology Director, co-founder of the Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey and the Lead Clinical Audiologist at University Hospital. Dr. Bell received her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the Douglass College at Rutgers University and most recently her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Bell is licensed in Audiology through the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has been practicing at University Hospital for over 25 years. She specializes in cochlear implants and has over 20 years of experience in the evaluation for and management of cochlear implant patients. Additionally, she manages the daily clinical operations of the Department and supervises Audiology doctoral students. Dr. Bell evaluates patients of all ages and has extensive knowledge in all aspects of diagnostic audiology.
Nicole Raia, Sc.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Nicole Raia, Sc.D., CCC-A, FAAA is the Senior Clinical Audiologist in the Department of Audiology focusing her passion on improving communication in the pediatric population. She earned her Doctorate of Science in Audiology from Montclair State University, during which time she rotated through University Hospital. This rotation solidified her passion for implantable devices and a connection with the patients served here. She was thrilled to officially join the team upon graduation in 2012. In 2015 she demonstrated her commitment to pediatric patients by obtaining Specialty Certification in Pediatric Audiology though the American Board of Audiology. Dr. Raia is one of only two Audiologists in the State of New Jersey to currently hold this certification. Her current areas of interest are pediatric cochlear implantation for single-sided deafness, progressive hearing loss, bilingualism and pediatric vestibular disorders. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Raia is a member of the Craniofacial Team at University Hospital is the co-captain of the University Hospital Walk4Hearing team and serves on several research teams with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In her free time, she is an active member of her church, community and enjoys inventing new ice cream recipes (and sharing them with her co-workers).
Heidi Bernknopf, Au.D., CCC-A
Heidi Bernknopf Au.D., CCC-A joined the staff of University Hospital in March 2018. She received her Doctorate in Audiology from Northeastern University in 2016. Dr. Bernknopf completed her Fourth Year Clinical Externship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary which provided her with an array of experiences in all aspects of the field. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Dr. Bernknopf is licensed in Audiology through the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is experienced in performing audiological evaluations for all age groups. Her clinical interests include vestibular assessments, electrophysiological evaluations as well as fitting technologically advanced cochlear implants and bone-anchored devices.
Mary Shannon Carroll, Au.D., CCC-A
Mary Shannon Carroll Au.D., CCC-A received her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University, with a major in communication sciences and disorders and a minor in exceptional education. She then received her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Montclair State University. She completed her research dissertation on assessing hearing rehabilitative options for individuals with single-sided deafness. Prior to receiving her Au.D., Dr. Carroll worked as an instructional paraprofessional at a school for students with autism and other emotional and behavioral disabilities. She draws from her experience in the classroom and applies it to her work with her pediatric and special population patients here at University Hospital. Dr. Carroll completed her Fourth Year Clinical Externship at University Hospital where she worked extensively with implantable hearing devices in patients of all ages. Dr. Carroll's clinical specialties include adult and pediatric diagnostics, cochlear implant and bone conduction hearing technologies, as well as electrophysiological and vestibular assessments. Dr. Carroll is licensed in Audiology through the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Cornelia Vandervliet, MA, CCC-A, FAAA
Cornelia Vandervliet MA, CCC-A, FAAA, has been practicing as an Audiologist for over 40 years. She has been a member of the Department of Audiology at University Hospital for over 20 years. Ms. Vandervliet received her Master and Bachelor of Art degrees from Montclair State University. Ms. Vandervliet is licensed in Audiology through the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). She specializes in diagnostics and the evaluation of dizzy patients. She especially enjoys the diverse patient population at University Hospital. Her clinical skills and ability to adapt are an asset in testing non-native English speaking patients as well as individuals with disabilities.