Balance and Hearing Center
Balance and Hearing Center (Audiology)
Evaluation and care for hearing and balance disorders
The Balance and Hearing Center at CMMC provides a full range of care for conditions such as ear infections, tinnitus, swimmers ear, as well as dizziness, vertigo and motion sickness. Audiologists work collaboratively with ear, nose and throat doctors and perform detailed exams to determine the cause and extent of hearing and balance problems. Our specialists develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address balance issues, hearing loss and improve communication. Technologies and processes used in diagnosing and treating hearing or balance issues may include the following:
Videonystagmography (VNG) / Electronystagmography (ENG)
VNG/ENG provides a quantitative measurement of eye movements related to dizziness. It forms the basis of many vestibular tests and provides objective documentation of the function of the inner ear, eye movements, and related neural pathways.
Rotational Vestibular Testing (RVT)
The Center’s use of both a Rotary Chair and the Vestibular Autorotation Test (VAT) is unique in the state. These tests greatly increase our ability to detect subtle vestibular abnormalities by utilizing natural motion across a wide range of frequencies and acceleration rates. It allows balance assessment of all ages.
Our audiologists also provide education to ensure successful long-term management, as well as referrals to specialized doctors, therapists and other clinicians for multidisciplinary care.
Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
CDP was developed to evaluate the coordinated integration of all components: eyes (vision), inner ear (vestibular), and muscles and joints (somatosensory) involved in maintaining balance. CDP can determine whether one or more of the three systems is abnormal. CDP is a non-invasive procedure using sensors and computer monitoring to record body movement while the patient maintains balance in a variety of standing test conditions.
The Balance and Hearing Center also offers a comprehensive hearing program which evaluates the outer, middle, and inner ear integrity. Those individuals who show a hearing loss will be counseled on available options. If hearing aids are recommended, we can also provide the appropriate device specifically adjusted to compensate for your loss.
Vestibular and Balance Therapy
Vestibular and Balance Rehab are the individualized use of exercises and techniques which are designed to significantly reduce the severity of dizziness, balance problems, and associated limitations. When appropriate, patients undergo further assessments of strength, dynamic balance skills, and movement tolerance to determine their customized programs.
Research has shown these specialized exercises to be very effective at lessening the severity of symptoms and improving function in all ages which may include anyone from children to the elderly, athletes, and professionals.
What to Expect
Your time in the Center will vary based on your physician’s orders. However, most comprehensive balance assessments last about two and a half hours. We encourage you to have someone accompany you to and from the appointment. You will also be requested not to take certain medications 48-hours prior to your appointment; therefore, consult your physician before discontinuing any prescribed medications. Contact lenses and eye make-up are discouraged during parts of the testing.
The Balance and Hearing Center is an open-referral service, which means physicians can refer the patients for any combination of diagnostic testing, medical consult, vestibular or balance therapy.
To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our services, please call (601) 376-2151.
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