Audio: V-A opens new audiology clinic

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Feb 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Officials at the St. Cloud V-A Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning on their new audiology clinic. 

The new clinic features six audiology booths--twice the number previously available as part of a 2,800 square foot expansion.

The double-walled booths allow doctors to perform complete hearing evaulations, hearing aid fittings and other hearing-related examinations. 

V-A- Director Barry Bahl says studies have shows that as many as 80-percent of veterans returning from combat are suffering from some sort of hearing-related issue.

In 2008, the St. Cloud V-A had four audiologists on staff. They now have eleven, with plans to add a twelfth. 

The expanded audiology clinic will improve Veteran access for hearing evaulations by decreasing wait times for appointments and doubling the capacity to serve Veterans. 

VA Director Barry Bahl talks about Monday's ribbon cutting

Bahl says they've doubled the amount of space to treat veterans with hearing issues

Bahl says demand for audiology services has been soaring in recent years

Bahl says there are several other construction projects going on at the V-A right now

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