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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)


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NCRAR's research focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and rehabilitation of auditory system disorders.

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The NCRAR contributes to the VA's mission to recruit, mentor and train the next generation of clinicians and clinical researchers.

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NCRAR provides information to Veterans and the public about hearing conservation, how to prevent further hearing loss and how to manage tinnitus.

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National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

NCRAR's mission is to improve the quality of life of Veterans and others with hearing and balance problems through clinical research, technology development, and education that leads to better patient care.

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Congratulations to NCRAR's own Dr. Henry on receiving the prestigious Rehabilitation Research and Development 2016 Paul B. Magnuson Award for his innovative work on the treatment and management of tinnitus!! Click here for more about the award.

This award is the highest honor for VA rehabilitation investigators. Well done, Dr. Henry!

Monthly SeminarsMonthly Seminars

NCRAR hosts monthly seminars feature renowned scientists from around the world.
All seminars take place 12-1 pm Pacific Time in PVAMC Building 101, Room 109. Most are also broadcast live via v-tel to other VA facilities and are available on DVD by request from

Click here for a list of upcoming seminars.

NCRAR ConferenceNCRAR Conference

The NCRAR hosts an international conference every two years in Portland, Oregon, bringing together clinical researchers and practicing audiologists in an interactive format with the goal of translating research findings into practice.

The next conference will be held October 4-6, 2017. Check back regularly for more information as it becomes available. 

To find out more about past conferences, click here.

Did you know... even if you have hearing loss, you (and those around you) can improve your listening experience?

Many people with hearing impairment believe that the communication problems they have are a result of their hearing loss. This is not the case. There are many other factors that also can cause a breakdown in communication, such as the particular talker, the listening environment, the content of the message and other listener variables. There are ways, known as “communication strategies” that can be used to avoid or fix such breakdowns. Some of these strategies can be used to make communication easier at the outset (Facilitative Strategies), while others can be used to fix a communication breakdown that has already occurred (Repair Strategies).

Examples of Facilitative Strategies:

  • Tell people you have a hearing loss.
  • Ask the talker to get your attention before they begin speaking and to alert you to a change in conversation topic.
    When possible, find a quiet, well-lit room for communication.
  • If possible, stand or sit between 3 and 6 feet from the talker. This is the optimal distance for seeing clearly the talker’s face and lips.

Examples of Repair Strategies:

  • Provide talkers with feedback about the problems you are having. For example, you can ask them to speak more slowly, to raise their voice, or to face you. Simply saying “huh?” or “pardon?” is not very helpful.
  • Ask talkers to rephrase or to simplify what they said.
  • Ask talkers to repeat only the parts of the sentence that you did not hear so that they can emphasize that content.
  • Do not pretend to hear when you did not! Pretending increases misunderstandings and can result in embarrassment.
  • Ask talkers to confirm what you heard. For example, “Am I correct that you said xxxx?”
  • Ask talkers to write down important information such as addresses, phone numbers and appointment times.

For more information on this topic and many others, please see our full list of educational brochures - just click on the "Patient and Clinician Materials" tab and then select "Patient Brochures."


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