Coalition for Hearing, Education and Research (CHEAR)

CHEAR's mission is to foster and provide support to the Hampton Roads community, its region, the nation and beyond, so that all citizens can obtain the highest-quality comprehensive services for disorders of the ear, hearing and balance. This goal is achieved through programs for identification, clinical care, research, rehabilitation, education, public awareness and advocacy and by cooperation with the medical, educational, and social institutions of the communities in which they serve. To meet this goal, CHEAR has three priority projects. The first aims to raise financial support and increase capacity for a preschool for hearing impaired children at ODU's Child Study Center. CHEAR also focuses on the development of programs to train teachers, speech pathologists and early intervention workers on techniques to support children with hearing impairment. The second project is the creation of a mobile hearing van and hearing aid bank. CHEAR would provide the van, equipment and the audiologist, so that hearing exams and hearing aid care could be taken to those who would not otherwise have access. A hearing aid assistance program would collect donated aids, purchase new aids and provide hearing aids at low or no cost to children and adults with low incomes. Finally, CHEAR aims to support EVMS Otolaryngology's Hearing and Balance Center. The center provides testing and management services for adults and children with hearing and balance problems. Otolaryngology clinicians also run the EVMS/CHKD Cochlear Implant Program, which provides 40-50 adults and children with cochlear implants each year and is the largest program in the region. Current needs for these programs include new technology, funding for research initiatives, and clinicians to support the growing needs of the Hampton Roads community.


    • Administrative Location

    • EVMS Otolaryngology - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital River Pavillion, Suite 1100
      600 Gresham Dr.
      Norfolk, Va 23507
    • Project Location

    • Hampton Roads, VA
    • Project Partner(s)

    • ODU, Lions Club, Sertoma, Rotary Club
    • Grant(s)

    • Lions Club, Rotary Club, Sertoma Club
    • Participant Eligibility

    • Faculty, Residents, Physicians
    • Project Categories

    • Community Service, Clinical Service
    • Project Scope

    • Local
    • EVMS Department(s)

    • Otolaryngology
    • Points of Contact