UI Hospitals and Clinics

Speech and Hearing Disorders

Normal speech communication is a very complex process. Many disorders disrupt communication and cause serious problems.

Our staff members include speech-language pathologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Iowa. They work closely with physicians and other health care professionals to provide effective management of speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders.

Our hearing specialists diagnose and treat a full array of hearing conditions, using a wealth of state-of-the-art procedures and therapies.

Speech and Swallowing

Our speech pathologists and physicians specialize in treating patients with speech or language disorders. They work together to learn the cause of the problem and offer the best treatment plan. The speech and swallowing staff are experienced physicians and speech pathologists who offer speech, language, and swallowing management, counseling, and therapy.

Speech and language clinics include:


Hearing loss affects how a child talks. A baby learns to talk by listening to others. If hearing loss occurs at birth or in the first few years of life, it can have negative effects on a child's ability to learn to talk or learn language through the hearing sense.

Our clinical services for hearing include:

Why Choose Us?

The University of Iowa has long been recognized as a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of speech and hearing disorders. World-renowned faculty and staff in UI Health Care treat patients who come from around the globe. Innovations in cochlear implants that grew out of research conducted at the UI have benefited uncountable numbers of patients. Psychologist Wendell Johnson was one of the earliest and most influential researchers and clinicians focusing on stuttering. The UI's speech and hearing center bears his name.

  • We were the first hospital in the United States to implant a multichannel cochlear implant that helps deaf patients hear sounds that can be interpreted as speech.
  • The University of Iowa is home to the world's largest NIH-funded center devoted to cochlear implant clinical research and the only NIH clinical center for the study of cochlear implant technologies.
  • We were the first hospital in the world to implant a multichannel cochlear implant in a congenitally deaf child.
  • We developed a new type of cochlear implant that combines residual acoustic hearing with cochlear implant technology that provides improved word understanding and near-normal appreciation of music.
  • We developed an implantable, artificial inner ear for treatment of deafness in 1995.
  • We led the nation's largest clinical trial for tinnitus (ringing in the ears) ever funded by the government.

Academic Departments that Provide Speech and Hearing Disorder Care

Health Library

UI Health Care, in a partnership with ADAM Multimedia Encyclopedia, offers you these select topics on Speech and Hearing Disorders: