Neurological disorders that are treated by ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists include a group of conditions that affect balance. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that carry messages between them. Conditions that affect your balance can cause problems in many aspects of your everyday life. The ENT team at University of Miami Health System are experienced in diagnosing and managing these conditions, so you can get back to living a more active life.
We provide diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide variety of balance problems, including:
- Acoustic neuroma: benign tumor on the nerve connecting the ear to the brain
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): calcium deposits in the inner ear
- Cochlear hydrops: affects balance of the inner ear
- Meniere’s disease: disorder of the inner ear
- Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome (SSCD): thinning or absent temporal bone of the inner ear
- Vestibular neuronitis: inflammation of the inner ear
Because the inner ear affects the body’s balance, these conditions can cause you to have balance problems. Other symptoms may include:
- Ringing in your ears
- Feeling like you are spinning (vertigo)
- Feeling of fullness or pressure in the ears
- Partial or complete hearing loss
Why Choose UHealth?
The Department of Otolaryngology ranks No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the department’s dedication to excellence in research, patient care and outcomes. The experts in the UHealth Ear Institute provide comprehensive and innovative care of ear, hearing, and balance disorders. This includes the Children’s Hearing Program and the hereditary deafness clinical and research group, where more than 15 percent of the known genetic hearing loss mutations have been discovered.
World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.
Vestibular balance program. At the Ear Institute, we have state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose, treat, and assess your vestibular/balance system structures and their function. Our vestibular balance program has had great success in helping people with balance problems live a healthy, more carefree life.
Vestibular rehabilitation program. The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami Hospital is pleased to have developed a specialized vestibular rehabilitation program to assist patients with vestibular disorders. Through participation in our rehab program, you may be able to avoid or reduce the frequency of falls related to vestibular disorders. You’ll achieve an improved overall quality of life and more independence as you gain confidence.