PURPOSE OF WUHARL
The Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Hearing Aid Research Laboratory (WUHARL) was established in 1993 by Michael Valente as a means to measure the efficacy (“laboratory”) and effectiveness (“real-world”) of hearing aid technology. The initial primary purpose of WUHARL was to create an environment allowing the Division of Adult Audiology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine to independently evaluate newly introduced hearing aid technologies. This in turn would enhance the services and knowledge of our Audiologists and physicians in providing the best hearing aid healthcare to our patients. In addition, our desire was to share this knowledge with Audiologists and hearing aid manufacturers around the United States and the world via presentations at conferences and submissions of the results of our work to peer and non-peer reviewed journals as well as textbooks or chapters within textbooks.