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Hearing loss can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Loyola’s hearing health-care team will look at your health and communication needs. We focus on improving your quality of life as well as the effect your hearing loss may have on relationships with people around you. Loyola offers diagnostic audiology services for patients of all ages.
Our audiologists work with you to identify your hearing concerns and develop a treatment plan. Our audiologists have extensive experience treating patients with hearing and balance issues. Our audiology team is seamlessly integrated with Loyola’s otolaryngology practice, one of the top ear, nose and throat programs in Illinois and the country. Our audiologists participate patient support groups, professional organizations and are frequently involved in the latest clinical trials for audiology research.
When you schedule an appointment with a Loyola audiologist, you will have a consultation to assess your communication needs. Your comprehensive hearing evaluation will include sharing your medical history and addressing any specific concerns. Our audiologists will provide an age-appropriate evaluation, which may include conventional audiometry, tympanometry and otoacoustic emissions testing. Auditory brain-stem response testing also is available.
Treatment plans may include audiology rehabilitation, such as use of an assistive hearing device. Loyola offers hearing aids with the latest digital technology in a variety of styles and price ranges. Loyola also offers surgical options such as cochlear implant and bone-anchored hearing aid programs.
If your hearing loss is related to a medical condition, you will be referred to a Loyola neurotologist (an ENT who specialized in the ear) for further diagnosis.
Some forms of hearing loss, accompanied by dizziness, unsteadiness, vertigo or buzzing in the ears are symptoms of a balance disorder. At Loyola's Balance Disorder Center in Oakbrook Terrace, patients with dizziness or vertigo are evaluated for abnormalities in the inner ear, poor blood circulation in the brain, trauma or infection. Testing includes electronystagmography, computerized posturography and rotary chair.