Hearing & Balance

Ear disorders don't just affect hearing. From chronic infections to tumors, ear problems can cause constant dizziness, ringing and pain. Balance issues and hearing loss both hurt your ability to move in and connect with the world.

At UVA, we want to restore that connection. Our goal is to help you gain a clear idea of how your ear works so that you can understand your symptoms and how we’re going to address them.

Conditions & Treatments

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Aural artresia
  • Balance disorders
  • Bone-anchored hearing aids
  • Brainstem evoked response audiometry (ABR)
  • Cholesteatoma
Audiology Specialties
A hearing aid helps hearing loss. We can also help you with benign positional vertigo.

We work closely with our audiologists, who provide many of the evaluations and therapies integral to your care. Together, we provide expert services and state-of-the-art technology to:

  • Analyze balance problems
  • Evaluate and treat tinnitus
  • Fit and adjust hearing aids
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Acoustic Neuroma Options
ENT specialists treat head and neck tumors like acoustic neuroma at the base of your skull

These benign tumors cause progressive hearing loss in one ear. Collaborating with neurosurgeons in the Skull Base Center, we treat acoustic neuromas through careful observation, radiation or surgery. You may be eligible for gamma knife surgery, a procedure that can limit the tumor growth but doesn’t involve cutting at all.

Meet our skull-base specialists
ENT Expertise
ENT doctor examining a patient for facial plastic surgery

The delicate complexity of the ear requires a high level of skill and the right tools. You also want hearing specialists who understand how closely your ear interacts with your brain and nervous system. You can trust us with your hearing or balance disorders, knowing you're getting your care from a program ranked among the top 20 in the country.

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Vertigo Treatments

Within your inner ear, tiny crystals sense movement and help you keep your balance. Inner ear disorders, infections or injury can shift or clump these crystals, making you feel like you’re moving or spinning when you’re not — vertigo.

Typical treatments include:

  • Vestibular rehabilitation – physical therapy exercises that restore your ability to move without dizziness
  • Surgery – a surgeon installs a piece of wax to prevent fluid moving in your inner ear

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

A form of vertigo, BPPV, occurs when you move your head. It can go away on its own, but sometimes the dizziness gets so severe or lasts so long you should seek help. 

We can lead you through full-body movements, called canalith repositioning, that reposition the crystals and ease your symptoms.

Meniere’s Disease

This condition causes episodes of room-spinning vertigo combined with hearing loss. We offer both injections and surgical options to relieve you of these disabling symptoms.