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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.

We invite you to browse through NCRAR's year in review, including reflections and memories as we celebrate our 20th anniversary

 2017 NCRAR Annual Update

In the News

2019 Conference

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In the NewsIn the News

Congratulations to Dr. Tina Penman on her selection as the recipient of the 2018 Health Care Five Under Forty Award from the Portland Business Journal. Well done, Dr. Penman!

To find out more about Dr. Penman, including what got her interested in the field of audiology, and her advocacy for social media in health care, click here.


NCRAR Conference2019 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.

SAVE THE DATE! The next conference will be held on September 25-27, 2019, and the topic will be "Ototoxicity and Noise Damage: Translating Preclinical Findings to Audiological Management." Check back regularly for updates. 

To find out more about past conferences, click here.

In the NewsMonthly Seminars

NCRAR hosts monthly seminars featuring renowned scientists from around the world. All seminars take place 12-1 pm Pacific Time in VA Portland Health Care System, 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.

Hearing Loss Services for Enrolled Veterans – No Referral Needed

Did you know... there is no need for a referral for hearing loss services?

According to Dr. Rachel McArdle, “Veterans who are enrolled and eligible for VA care can call their VA audiology clinic and ask to be scheduled to have their hearing tested. Additionally, they can always stop at the audiology clinic if they are already at the hospital or clinic for another appointment and ask to be scheduled.” Dr. McArdle is the National Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology.

Click here for the full document.

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