Hearing Loss

Hearing & Balance

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Disorders of the ear can affect hearing & balance . Some ear disorders cause slow changes over time in your ability to hear or keep your balance, while other disorders cause sudden symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, ringing, or pain. Hearing loss and balance problems can affect your ability to connect with the world and participate in social activities.

At UVA, our goal is to help you gain a clear idea of how your ears work so that you can understand your symptoms and how we can help.

Clinical Practice Terms

Hearing Loss Diagnosis & Treatment

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Your doctor may refer you to an audiologist for a hearing test, which includes:

  • Looking in your ears with a special scope
  • Wearing earphones and listening for words and tones
  • Testing how your eardrums work

Your doctor may refer you to an ear specialist, called an otologist. The otologist will examine your ears, head and neck, and ask questions about:

Clinical Practice Terms

Cochlear Implants

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Cochlear implants help people with severe hearing loss. At UVA, our expert teams of surgeons and audiologists have been implanting cochlear devices since they were first available in the 1980s.
Clinical Practice Terms
George T Hashisaki

George T Hashisaki, MD

Title:
Associate Professor
Division:
Otology-Neurotology
Primary Location:
ENT Clinic
Phone:
434.924.2040
Meg Keeley

Meg Keeley, MD

Title:
Professor
Division:
General Pediatrics
Primary Location:
UVA Pediatrics
Phone:
434.924.5321
John C Mason

John C Mason, MD

Title:
Associate Professor
Division:
General Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Appointment
Primary Location:
Charlottesville ENT Associates
Phone:
434.243.9415
Nancy M McLaren

Nancy M McLaren, MD

Title:
Associate Professor
Division:
General Pediatrics
Primary Location:
Teen & Young Adult Health Center
Phone:
434.982.0090
Nancy Jean Payne

Nancy Jean Payne, MD

Title:
Associate Professor
Division:
General Pediatrics, General Primary Care Offices Appointment
Primary Location:
UVA Pediatrics
Phone:
434.924.5321
Stephen V Early

Stephen V Early, MD

Title:
Associate Professor
Division:
Otolaryngology: Pediatric, General Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Appointment
Primary Location:
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Phone:
434.924.5934