Loyola Medicine’s expert audiology team knows that hearing loss has a dramatic impact on your quality of life and your relationships with the people around you. Loyola offers diagnostic audiology services and treatment for patients of all ages so that your quality of life may be improved.
Loyola’s audiologists aim to understand your hearing concerns, diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Our audiology team has vast experience treating patients with hearing and balance issues and is seamlessly integrated with Loyola’s otolaryngology practice, which is one of the top ear, nose and throat programs in the country. In addition to providing the most advanced patient care, Loyola’s audiologists facilitate patient support groups and are continuously engaged in clinical trials for audiology research.
During your first appointment with your Loyola audiologist, you will undergo a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Loyola’s audiology department is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools including:
- Auditory brain-stem response testing
- Conventional audiometry
- Otoacoustic emissions testing
Loyola’s audiology team will provide a treatment plan that is tailored to your particular condition. Your treatment may include audiology rehabilitation, using the most advanced assistive hearing devices available. Loyola also offers surgical options such as cochlear implant and bone-anchored hearing aid options. If your hearing loss is related to a medical condition, you may be seen by a Loyola neurotologist, an ENT who specializes in the ear, to provide you the best care and most accurate 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 Disorders Center, patients with dizziness and vertigo are evaluated for abnormalities in the inner ear, poor blood circulation in the brain, trauma and infection. Your audiologist will recommend the appropriate tests and provide you with access to the most advanced diagnostic evaluation which may include electronystagmography, computerized posturography or rotary chair.