New MU Center Offers Patients Comprehensive ENT, Hearing and Balance Care
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Do you suffer from dizziness or problems hearing? Or chronic sinus infections, hoarseness or trouble swallowing? Whether the issue is with your ears, nose or throat, a new MU Health care outpatient clinic now has consolidated experts who can diagnose and treat all these problems under one roof.
The MU ENT, Hearing and Balance Center opened today, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 525 N. Keene St. in Columbia.
“With this new center, we are able to address all ear, nose and throat (ENT), hearing, and balance-related issues in one convenient location,” said Robert Zitsch, M.D., FACS, an MU Health Care head and neck surgical oncologist and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the MU School of Medicine. “This allows for more comprehensive and coordinated care for patients of all ages.”
The MU ENT, Hearing and Balance Center offers:
- Audiology services such as hearing testing, hearing aids and cochlear implants
- Neurotology services and vestibular testing for patients experiencing dizziness or balance issues
- Laryngology services for voice and swallowing disorders
- General otolaryngology services for disorders that affect the ear, nose and throat, such as sinus, snoring and sleeping problems, nasal surgery and throat care
The center is home to the latest technology in the evaluation and treatment of complex ENT, hearing and balance disorders. Each of the center’s procedure suites is equipped with high-resolution monitors and scopes that allow a patient to see exactly what the physician sees when looking in a patient’s throat or ears.
“Our goal is for patients to understand their health when they leave here,” said Matthew Page, M.D., FACS, an MU Health Care otolaryngologist and an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the MU School of Medicine. “For example, the specialized video scopes we use help educate our patients. When we can actually show them what’s going on in their throat or ears, it’s very reassuring.”
The specialists at the center use advanced technology called stroboscopy to observe details that often are overlooked with traditional vocal cord exams (laryngoscopy). Stroboscopy provides a simulated slow-motion view of vocal cord vibration when speaking or singing and allows a physician to identify conditions that cause hoarseness.
Additionally, the center includes a state-of-the-art lab that allows a physician to diagnose and evaluate balance disorders using computerized goggles that track a patient’s eye movements.
The 12,800-square-foot center includes:
- three suites for surgical procedures
- five general ENT exam rooms
- three exam rooms for patients with voice and swallowing problems
- five dedicated rooms for ear exams
- two rooms for fitting hearing aids
- an on-site lab for hearing aid repairs
- two cochlear-implant rooms
- a balance-testing lab
- four sound booths
- a treatment room for voice analysis
“We can offer patients complete care for a range of both common and complex disorders,” Zitsch said. “This new center gives us the space to meet all of the needs of our patients in a convenient and patient-friendly environment.”
To make an appointment at the MU ENT, Hearing and Balance Center, please call (573) 882-7903. For more information, please visit www.muhealth.org/MUENT.