Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
More than 36 million Americans are affected by hearing loss, often caused by factors such as age, ear infections, neurological disorders, trauma or high levels of noise exposure. At Montefiore's Department of Audiology in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, our specially trained audiologists provide comprehensive diagnostics and treatments for patients experiencing all types of hearing loss and balance disorders.
The first step to restoring maximum hearing function is to identify the root of the hearing impairment through a thorough evaluation using state-of-the-art equipment. Other services offered at Montefiore include auditory assessment, customized treatment plans, hearing aid fittings and rehabilitation, ototoxicity (damage to the ear) monitoring, patient education and follow-up management.
Exceptional Patient Care
Patients ranging from newborns to elderly adults come to us from the New York metropolitan region as well as other states along the east coast for our exceptional experience and coordinated care. Our bilingual certified audiologists treat a high volume of patients with diverse backgrounds and conditions.
Audiology Conditions We Diagnose and Treat
At the Department of Audiology, we diagnose and treat the entire spectrum of conditions that might affect hearing and all degrees of severity of each. These include:
- Acoustic neuroma (non-cancerous tumor that may be pressing on the hearing and balance nerves)
- Cerebral palsy
- Congenital disorders/impairments
- Vestibular (balance) disorders (i.e. vertigo, Meniere's disease, superior canal dehiscence syndrome, bilateral vestibulopathy, etc.)
- Down syndrome
- Infectious diseases (i.e. measles, mumps, etc.)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Swallowing disorders
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Wax in the ear
The Department brings a multidisciplinary approach to each patient's treatment plan with the collaboration of speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, physiatrists, senior nursing attendants and nurses who consider each patient's age, medical history and condition. The focus is always on the patient and achieving the best outcome. We work diligently to customize each treatment plan, refer to specialists (i.e. neurologists and otorhinolaryngologists) when necessary and manage follow-up care.