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Balance Disorder Center

Balance disorders can be debilitating, causing dizziness, unsteadiness, vertigo (feeling of spinning), buzzing in the ears and hearing loss. The problem can be complicated to diagnose and treat since there are numerous possible causes and it may involve several interacting health problems. Loyola University Health System's Balance Disorder Center brings together, in one convenient location, all the diagnostic capabilities and specialists needed to make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.

Diseases routinely treated are:

  • Acoustic neuroma - ringing, hearing loss, benign growth in inner ear
  • Acute vertigo caused by a head injury or whiplash
  • Cholesteatoma - skin cyst, which involves the middle ear
  • Labyrinthitis - inner ear infection with vertigo
  • Benign positional vertigo
  • Meniere's disease - ringing, hearing loss, vertigo

The center incorporates an array of customized tests including:

  • Auditory brainstem response testing (ABR)
  • Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP)
  • CT scan of temporal bone
  • Electronystagmography (ENG)
  • MRI of the head
  • Otoacoustic emission testing (OAE)
  • Rotary chair testing
  • Same-day hearing testing
  • Specialized audiological tests

The data from these and other tests are analyzed, and the results are correlated with the history and physical examination. Once a patient has been diagnosed, all medical options are exhausted before pursuing surgical treatment. Nonsurgical treatment options offered include:

  • Particle repositioning maneuvers
  • Transtympanic gentamycin perfusion
  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy

A wide variety of surgical treatments are available, including:

  • Acoustic neuroma resection
  • Endolymphatic sac decompression
  • Labyrinthectomy
  • Mastoid surgery for cholesteatoma
  • Vestibular nerve section