Diagnostic care to help with your hearing needs.
Comprehensive Audiology Services
At Labyrinth Audiology, we offer a wide range of services including diagnostics, testing, symptom management, treatment, auditory training, and rehabilitation. We can test for hearing loss and other common conditions of the ear. We also offer electrophysiological testing that can help us diagnose vertigo and certain types of hearing loss.
We are determined to always provide our patients with a positive experience and do what we can to improve their quality of life. Our practice is unique because we offer a comprehensive experience that spans from diagnosis to follow-up care. All of our services are evidence-based, so our patients feel comfortable knowing they are receiving the best treatment backed by scientific research. We always want our patients to feel comfortable and cared for when managing their condition.
An estimated 90 million Americans will experience dizziness at least once in their lifetime. Some patients develop permanent balance difficulties with succeeding functional limitations. The etiology of peripheral and central vestibular disorders includes the following: age-related multisensory deficits, strokes and vascular insufficiencies, cerebellar degeneration, chemical and drug toxicities, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, uncompensated Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, and head trauma. Balance disorders are significant risk factors for falls in elderly individuals. Falls have been estimated to be the leading cause of serious injury and death in people older than 65 years.
Treating Vertigo and Balance Concerns
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) has been highly effective for most individuals with disorders of the vestibular or central balance system. In many studies, customized VRT programs were significantly more effective than generic exercises in resolving symptoms.
The basis for the success of VRT is the use of existing neural mechanisms in the brain for adaptation, plasticity, and compensation. The extent of vestibular compensation and adaptation is closely related to the direction, duration, frequency, magnitude, and nature of the retraining stimulus. Specifically designed VRT exercise protocols take advantage of this plasticity of the brain to increase sensitivity and restore symmetry, which results in an improvement in vestibule-ocular control, an increase in the gain of the vestibule-ocular reflect (VOR), better postural strategies, and increased levels of motor control for movement.
Other factors that may affect the degree of individual compensation that can be achieved include overall physical status, the functional status of remaining sensory systems, integrity of central brain mechanisms, age, and higher sensory functions such as memory, motor coordination, and cognitive ability.
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What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Many of our new patients are curious about what to expect during their first appointment. Typically, the initial appointment begins with a comprehensive interview. We will discuss what kinds of problems you may be having and if you are currently trying anything to treat them. This interview helps our staff understand each patient’s history and is useful in directing the rest of the testing and treatment. In this interview, we will discuss next steps and what can be done to resolve any issues.
The next portion of any first appointment is testing. The types of tests will be specific to your symptoms and condition. We may test for hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, sound sensitivity, or general hearing and balance issues.
After the testing and evaluation, we will share our initial diagnosis and discuss treatment options, so you can make an informed decision concerning your treatment plan. We conduct a decision-making session where we discuss your results and how you can reduce your symptoms and increase your quality of life. Here is where we decide the appropriate next steps, which may mean therapy, hearing aids, or other methods of treatment.
We offer treatment and devices on-site, which makes it easy for us to create an individual treatment plan for our patients from the initial visit to follow up and maintenance appointments.
Insurance and Financing
At Labyrinth Audiology, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare, United Healthcare, and Cigna, as well as most PPO options available through private insurances.
Major credit cards are accepted for payment and we also offer payment financing for 12-months with no interest through CareCredit and HealthiPlan.
If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, feel free to call our office or your insurance company directly. Please bring your insurance card to each appointment and let us know if your insurance plan or coverage has changed since we last saw you.