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Hearing and Balance Tests and Diagnosis

Although patients who suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can present a challenge to the medical profession, new technological and medical advances allow many patients to be successfully evaluated and treated.

The Hearing and Balance Center offers a broad array of diagnostic hearing tests, including:

  • Audiograms for determining basic hearing ability and word recognition
  • Middle ear analysis for evaluating the mechanical functioning of the eardrum and ossicles (bones within the middle ear)
  • Specialized tests to identify abnormalities in the auditory pathway
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Brainstem response audiometry
  • Electrocochleography
  • Central auditory processing evaluations
  • Sound field audiometry
  • Tinnitus pitch and intensity matching

The Center also provides a comprehensive evaluation of patients with dizziness, loss of balance and equilibrium disorders using a variety of up-to-date techniques, including:

  • Computerized balance testing
  • Electronystagmography (ENG)
  • Optokinetic (movement of the eyes) testing
  • Rotational chair including off-axis otolith (structure in the inner ear) testing
  • Infrared video oculography (method for recording eye movement and position) for videonystagmography (VNG) and positional testing
  • Computerized dynamic posturography
  • Vestibular autorotation testing
  • Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials

We offer telemedicine consultations-an advanced, unique service that integrates onsite testing and evaluation with real-time offsite diagnostic interpretations and treatments for complex hearing and balance disorders. Special features of this evaluation include:

Computerized digital storage and image review of endoscopy

Radiology studies

Vestibular oculography