HEARING & BALANCE
The entire spectrum of disorders of the ear and hearing is addressed by a team of professionals with advanced training in this specialty. Their focus is the restoration and preservation of hearing health using the most sophisticated diagnostic tools and leading-edge treatment technology. Diseases of the ear ranging from simple to chronic infection, degenerative conditions and tumors are treated medically and surgically no matter how complicated. The restoration of hearing is provided by surgical reconstruction, cochlear implantation, and rehabilitative audiology. In addition to the rehabilitation of patients with hearing disorders the Audiology Service at the University of Washington Medical Center provides comprehensive hearing assessments, middle ear assessment, ototoxicity monitoring, auditory and vestibular evoked potentials, and facial nerve testing.
The Dizziness and Balance Center is a specialty designed to combine the resources of nationally recognized programs in otology, neurotology, rehabilitation medicine, ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery into an integrated multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of balance disorders problems. The center provides comprehensive evaluation and management of balance and orientation disorders, including dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, presbystasis (age related imbalance), Meniere’s disease, viral labyrinthitis, and pediatric balance disorders.
Services provided in the specialty:
- Otology and neurotology
- Audiologic/hearing evaluation and rehabilitation
- Dizziness and balance disorders
- Disorders of the facial nerve
- Skull base surgery