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.

Services include:
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.

Community involvement:

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
E-Level 1680
Newark, NJ 07103

To schedule an appointment call:

Office hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm

NPI number for referrals:
You must have a physician referral in order to be seen for an appointment.

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

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

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).

Danielle Noll, Au.D., CCC-A

Danielle Noll, Au.D., CCC-A

Danielle Noll, Au.D., CCC-A joined the Audiology Department at University Hospital in January 2022. She is a graduate of Montclair State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, followed by her Doctorate of Audiology. Dr. Noll completed her clinical fellowship at University Hospital where she gained experience with a wide range of audiologic evaluations including the programming of implantable devices, electrophysiology, videonystagmography and diagnostic testing of the adult and pediatric populations. Dr. Noll completed her research dissertation on creating abbreviated test protocols for pediatric audiologic evaluations. She is passionate about counseling patients on understanding how to achieve the best possible quality of life through hearing healthcare. Her interests in the field include implantable audiologic devices and pediatric audiology.

Maya Freund, Au.D., CCC-A

Maya Freund, Au.D., CCC-A

Maya Freund, Au.D., CCC-A received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maryland, College Park with a double major in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Psychology. She then earned her Doctorate in Audiology from University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Freund completed her Fourth Year Clinical Externship at University of Maryland Medical Center where she gained experience in a wide variety of audiology specialties. Her clinical interests include comprehensive audiological evaluations, vestibular testing, and electrophysiological assessments. Dr. Freund 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).

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