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The audiologists at Greater Buffalo Centers For Dizziness & Balance specialize in inner ear issues that affect patients' equilibriums and abilities to balance. Our balance system helps us remain upright as we run, walk, and move through the world. Balance is controlled through signals to your brain from your sensory systems, eyes, and inner ears. If any of these systems stop working perfectly, you can encounter unexplained dizziness or balance issues. Balance issues which stem from vestibular disorders, another name for inner ear problems, can be difficult to diagnose. Though more than one third of all U.S. adults over age 40 suffer from some form of vestibular disorder, a dizzy patient will have to see seven doctors on average in order to get a proper diagnosis from an audiologist.
Our audiologists recognize the warning signs of inner ear problems and will be able to get your treatment on the right track efficiently. Common symptoms of vestibular disorders include vertigo, difficulty concentrating, vision disturbances, spinning sensations when shifting positions or moving your head, and changes in your hearing.
If you find yourself becoming dizzy or having trouble balancing, it could mean a number of things, all of which require medical attention, ideally from a skilled audiologist. Your doctor can help determine whether your balance issues might have something to do with an inner ear problem. At Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance, our audiologists will get to the bottom of the issue. Call us today to speak with a knowledgeable audiologist serving Buffalo, NY; Clarence, NY; West Seneca, NY; Orchard Park, NY; Cheektowaga, NY; Amherst, NY; Williamsville, NY; Hamburg, NY; Lancaster, NY; Elma, NY and the surrounding community.
Our Hearing Tests & Procedures
At our facilities, our professional audiologists and health care staff will run several tests to better diagnose your hearing problems. Along with our diagnoses, we will offer a plan of treatment to help our patient find their balance and hearing again. Our health care professionals are all properly trained to conduct each of the following tests and procedures. At Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance, we treat every patient with care and respect as they navigate this process together.
Diagnostic Audiometric Evaluation
The accurate testing of hearing is a complex process. An audiometric evaluation not only gives our audiologists information about the quality of your hearing, but it also tells us significant information about the health of your hearing system. Your balance mechanisms are a part of this.
This test allows our audiologists to evaluate how well your eyes and inner ears work together. The patient is given video goggles to record eye movements as the chair moves in various directions and speeds.
Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)
This is a test to determine whether there’s any damage to the saccule, a part of the inner ear, as well as the auditory/vestibular nerve. Our audiologists take recordings from the muscles in your neck and/or eyes as you lie prone listening to sounds through earphones.
Video / Electronystagmography (VNG/ENG)
The Audiologists conducts a series of tests to determine the symmetry of your balance. They all measure the relationship between your eyes and inner ear function. Warm/cool air will be placed in your ear canal while recording your eye movements.
Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
Our audiologists use this test to measure your balance when rapid head movements are occurring. Goggles are worn to measure your eye movements. By conducting this test, audiologists are able to identify if the patient has a peripheral vestibular deficit.
This test checks the fluid pressure in your inner ear, helping to rule out any conditions such as Meniere’s disease. Audiologists use this test to measure electrical potentials that are made in a part of the inner ear known as the cochlea.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
This measures the travel of hearing signals from your ear to your brain, as well as within the brain itself. Some patients can have benign growths occurring on the eighth cranial nerve, and this test will find any that are present.
We know that your hearing status affects your emotional, social and physical health. Studies indicate that hearing loss may also have a negative impact on falling. At Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance, we work with our sister Company Diversified Hearing Services, to provide patients in the Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Elma, Hamburg, Lancaster, Orchard Park, West Seneca, and Williamsville, NY areas with the best, most economical solution to your hearing problem. Our audiologists dispense every major manufacturer, make, and model of hearing aids.
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Our audiologists can assess and manage disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems. They also possess comprehensive knowledge of the auditory and vestibular systems and have extensive training in sound reproduction, something which is critical to the accurate fitting and adjustment of hearing aids.
If you’re having any difficulties with your hearing and/or balance, we encourage you to seek treatment. Please call Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance to schedule an appointment with our trained audiolgists. We serve the Buffalo, NY area, including Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Elma, Hamburg, Lancaster, Orchard Park, West Seneca, Williamsville, and beyond.
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