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Cochlear Implants


The Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey provides innovative treatment for children and adults with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. Our staff provides expert medical care for those who receive little or no benefit from traditional hearing aids.
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that replaces the function of damaged or missing hair cells in the cochlea through electrical stimulation. It allows users to gain access to conversational speech. Most patients report that the quality of their lives have improved since receiving a cochlear implant. Many can hear the cooing of a baby, rustling of leaves, sounds of music and some can even talk on the telephone.

The Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey is located in the Audiology Department of the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), in the heart of University Hospital. A 1,000 car parking garage is located adjacent to the Ambulatory Care Center is available for convenient patient parking.

Meet our Cochlear Implant Team

Robert Jyung, MD. He is the Director of Otology/Neurotology at University Hospital/Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Previously, he was working in Boston, where he was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan and did his residency in otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis. After completing a two-year fellowship in otology/neurotology at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, he served as the director of otology/neurotology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for four years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of temporal bone surgery, focusing on cochlear implant surgery and chronic ear disease.

Audiologists

Lisa D. Bell, MA,CCC-A

Ms. Lisa Bell is the Audiology Director of the Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey and the Lead Clinical Audiologist at University Hospital. Ms. 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. Ms. 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 19 years. She specializes in cochlear implants in which and has more than 15 years experience in the evaluation for and management of cochlear implants. Additionally, she manages the daily clinical operations of the Department and supervises doctoral Audiology students. Ms. Bell evaluates patients of all ages and has extensive knowledge in all aspects of diagnostic audiology.

Cornelia Vandervliet, MA, CCC-A, FAAA

Ms. Cornelia Vandervliet, Senior Clinical Audiologist, has been practicing as an Audiologist for 40 years. She has been a member of the Department of Audiology at University Hospital for 14 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 the evaluation of dizzy patients as well as bone-anchored technology. 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 the disabled.

Nicole Raia, Sc.D., CCC-A, FAAA

Dr. Nicole Raia joined the staff of University Hospital in July 2012. She received her Doctorate of Science in Audiology from Montclair State University. Dr. Raia completed her Fourth Year Clinical Externship at Weill Cornell Medical College where she focused on the diagnosis and management of hearing loss in a vast pediatric population. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Dr. Raia 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). Her expertise is the diagnosis and management of pediatric hearing loss, including ear-specific behavioral audiometry and electrophysiologic testing. In addition to cochlear implants she also works with bone-anchored technology and performs vestibular evaluations.