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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The Musician Hearing Loss Evolution

As we work through the clinic day, we may find ourselves jealous of our patients with those high frequency hearing losses due to concert their attendance. Often these were the lucky ones with the premier tickets, close to the stage, the musicians, and the speakers as well. As audiologists we now know that those that had the good tickets and those on stage are almost four times as likely to develop noise induced hearing loss as the general public. These individuals are also 57% more likely to develop tinnitus. Study after contemporary study, such as Schink et al (2014),document hearing loss among musicians and those that listen to loud music on a regular basis.

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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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