At the University Health Hearing & Balance Center, you will benefit from the knowledge of our highly trained and board-certified audiologists. Losing your sense of hearing is disorienting. Our audiologists will provide you and your family with the tests and tools to treat your hearing and balance difficulties.
You will also find pediatric hearing loss care at University Children’s Health.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
One in three adults over the age of 60 have some degree of hearing loss. Recognizing your symptoms is a necessary step to getting treatment.
- The speech of others sounds mumbled or slurred
- Tinnitus (buzzing, ringing, or hissing sound in ears)
- Difficulty hearing the television or radio
- Problems understanding speech in a noisy area
According to the CDC in 2017, 6,500 babies were born in the U.S. with permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect a child’s speech, communication and social development.
Symptoms of Vestibular Balance Disorder
Vestibular disorders occur when an issue arises in the inner ear or part of the central nervous system that controls your balance.
- Blurred vision
- Dizziness, spinning (vertigo)
- Falling and stumbling
- Feeling as if you are floating
- Feeling off-balance
An ear, nose and throat doctor may diagnose vestibular balance disorder and work with your audiologist to treat you. Treatment might involve antibiotics, surgery and rehabilitation.
Hearing & Balance Services in San Antonio
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR), which measures the brain’s response to sounds made through earbuds during natural sleep
- Auditory osseointegrated device consultation and fittings for children and adults
- Cochlear implant assessment and mapping for children and adults
- Custom ear products for hearing protection, swim molds and ear buds
- Hearing aid consultation and fitting for children and adults
- Hearing evaluations for children and adults, which tests your response to sounds
- Newborn hearing screening follow-up, our clinic offers full diagnostic evaluation follow-ups
- Pediatric sedated auditory brainstem response (ABR) which measures the brain’s response to sounds through earbuds while under anesthesia
Vestibular Tests Performed at Our Clinic
- Electrocochleography (ECoG), a non-invasive test that measures electrical potentials from the inner ear.
- Video head impulse (vHit) testing, a test that provides diagnostic, functional and site of lesion information about the vestibular system.
- Videonystagmography (VNG), a test that records your eye movements to find the source of your balance difficulty.
- Rotational chair determines if the source of dizziness/imbalance is due to inner ear or an issue with the neurological system.
- Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP), a non-invasive test that measures electrical potentials of certain vestibular system reflex pathways.