Hearing and Balance Disorders

AT Apex Audiology, our hearing specialists provide comprehensive care for virtually all hearing and balance disorders. Our office is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that allows extensive testing to evaluate the causes of hearing and balance problems. We have a number of different tools at our disposal to evaluate patients of all ages with all types of complaints.

Once the proper evaluation and testing have been done to get a correct diagnosis, your hearing specialist will help counsel you as to your treatment options. Treatments may vary depending on the nature of the disorder.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are two main types of hearing loss – Conductive and Sensorineural.  

Conductive causes of hearing loss involve disruption of the mechanical portions of the hearing apparatus, which include the ear canal, eardrum, and the hearing bones.  Examples of hearing problems include ear wax impaction, eardrum perforations, fluid or infection behind the eardrum, or problems with the movement of the hearing bones.

Sensorineural hearing loss refers to hearing loss due to damage to the inner ear hearing apparatus (the cochlea) or the hearing nerve (acoustic nerve) or the brain itself.  This type of hearing loss can occur as a result of infection or trauma, as a side effect of medications or, in certain cases, for reasons that can never be determined. Urgent treatment is important in the management of acute episodes of hearing loss. If it is determined that the hearing loss is permanent, a hearing aid will often help rehabilitate the ear.

Identifying Balance Problems

Balance problems may occur alone or in association with a hearing issue. Vertigo, which refers to the sensation of the room spinning, is the primary symptom of ear-related balance problems. A thorough physical examination is important in the evaluation of vertigo. Additionally, specialized balance testing may be indicated to help determine exactly what part of the balance system has been compromised. Once a proper diagnosis is made, a combination of medication and therapy may be used to rehabilitate the balance system. 

Discussion of Dizziness

Dizziness is a symptom, not a disease. It may be defined as a sensation of unsteadiness, imbalance, or disorientation in relation to an individual’s surroundings. The symptoms of dizziness vary widely from person to person and can be caused by many different diseases. They vary from a mild unsteadiness to a severe whirling sensation known as vertigo. As there is little representation of the balance system in the conscious mind, it is not unusual for a patient to have difficulty describing his or her symptoms of dizziness to a physician. In addition, because the symptoms of dizziness vary so widely from patient to patient and may be caused by many different diseases, the physician commonly requires testing to be able to provide the patient with some knowledge about the cause of his/her dizziness. Dizziness may or may not be accompanied by a hearing impairment.

Common Hearing and Balance Disorders

Below is a list of common hearing and balance disorders we treat:

Hearing Disorders

Acoustic Neuroma
Earwax Build-Up or Impaction
Hearing Loss
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Ototoxicity from Ear Drops
Sudden Hearing Loss
Tinnitus

Balance Disorders

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Deficiency
Meniere’s Disease
Labyrinthitis
Neuronitis

Contact Us

At Apex Audiology, we take the time to evaluate each facet of the problem to ensure proper diagnosis of the cause, type, and severity of hearing loss and/or balance issues you may have. Subsequently, our staff will recommend the best treatment option to address your specific needs.

Call us today at (719) 247-9000 to schedule a consultation. You can also schedule a consultation online.