The Ear Institute Center for the Ear, Hearing, & Balance is dedicated to providing patients with services for ear problems, hearing loss, dizziness and vertigo, falls prevention, balance testing and rehabilitation, and expert recommendations on hearing improvement.


Ear infections are common in childhood, and adults have ear problems too. Symptoms include: pain, drainage, hearing loss, and dizziness. Other common ear problems include: Eustachian tube problems, perforated eardrums, and cholesteatomas.
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Dizziness and vertigo (a sensation of spinning) may be due to inner ear disorders. The symptoms can be frightening and disabling. Our successful management approach involves a multidisciplinary team of doctors, audiologists, and balance therapists.
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Hearing loss is a common symptom, present in all age groups. One third of individuals aged 65-75 have hearing loss. Hearing loss is a medical problem, and should be evaluated by a physician. There are solutions, including: medicine, surgery, and hearing aids.
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October is Audiology Awareness Month

More than 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. While this condition is often viewed as an inevitable part of aging, over half of all patients are otherwise healthy adults under the age of 65. Regular hearing screenings are an invaluable tool in identifying problems early and taking steps to prevent further hearing damage before it is too late. Fortunately, nearly all types of hearing loss are treatable. We encourage you to schedule an appointment for a hearing screening during the month of October, recognized nationwide as Audiology Awareness Month.

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New Technology for Effortless Hearing: A “Unique” Perspective

November 2015 Hearing Aid Review

Numerous studies were available in the last few years to support a strong relationship between cognition and hearing.1 What is noteworthy from these studies is that the type of amplified sounds could place different levels of cognitive demands on the impaired ears.2,3 Thus, a reasonable objective in hearing aid design is to deliver amplified sounds that require the least effort from the hearing aid wearers to hear satisfactorily in all listening environments, regardless of their cognitive capacity. We term this design objective Effortless Hearing. The goal is that hearing-impaired people hear more of what they want (to hear) and less of what they don’t.

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Patient lost ear to cancer, but silicone ear is ‘indistinguishable’ from real thing

MAYWOOD, Ill. – To look at Henry Fiorentini’s artificial right ear, you could never tell he lost his real ear to cancer. Loyola University Medical Center ear surgeon Sam Marzo, MD, fitted Fiorentini with a prosthetic ear that looks just like the real thing. Marzo implanted three small metal posts in the side of Fiorentini’s …

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