Hearing and Equilibrium Disorders
The center has advanced technology for evaluating hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and dizziness. Dizziness, or vertigo, is a common, and often difficult problem to treat. At our center, we have the advanced technology to help diagnose and treat the causes of dizziness. In addition, an audiologist with highly specialized training is available to help treat patients with dizziness. Few centers can match the in-depth diagnostics and the breadth of equipment available at the Maryland Ear, Nose and Throat Center.
Three of the most advanced tests are the Acoustic Brainstem Response (ABR), Electrocochleography (ECoG) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE), which together can help diagnose a range of hearing and equilibrium disorders.
The ABR tests for dizziness or unexplained hearing loss. In ABR, a computer maps how sound travels through the ear canal to the brain. Sound and speed are mapped in both ears. A difference in travel time indicates a possible problem, which can then be localized and treated.
The ECoG measures how sound signals travel from the ear along the beginning of the acoustic nerve. It also determines if excess fluid in the inner ear is causing a problem, such as dizziness, tinnitus or hearing loss.
The OAE machine can detect very early signs of hearing loss. It is used for hearing screenings of adults and children, even infants.
The Maryland Ear, Nose and Throat Center is committed to evaluating possible hearing disorders and offers free screenings by appointment.Our center has certified audiologists (hearing specialists) to help evaluate and treat hearing disorders. Our specialists can fit and evaluate hearing aids at our center, and our prices are highly competitive.
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