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The ability to hear well allows you to communicate effectively. When problems with your ears develop, it can affect your entire life. It’s important to have a qualified health care professional check your hearing to determine the proper treatment for your individual needs. This is where our hearing and balance team at the University of Missouri Health Care can help. 

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What to do if you have hearing loss

If you suspect you have hearing loss, the first step is to undergo a thorough hearing evaluation with a licensed audiologist (a therapist, often with a doctorate level of education, who specializes in treating and preventing hearing loss) and a medical examination with a physician who specializes in hearing disorders. 

Both examinations can be completed at the MU ENT, Hearing & Balance Center.

Hearing and balance services

We offer a broad range of services to assess hearing and balance disorders. 

These include: 

  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing. ABR is a non-invasive test used to measure brain activity in response to sound. 
  • Comprehensive audiology testing. These tests help determine your hearing and balance skills. 
  • Custom-made earplugs. Our team can create custom-made earplugs for a variety of needs, including: 
    • Hearing protection. These protect ears from excessive levels of noise with custom-made ear molds.
    • Musician monitors. In-ear monitors and filters to preserve sound quality with protection for musicians. 
    • Swim molds. These molds prevent water from getting into the ears with custom-made earplugs.
  • Follow-up newborn hearing screenings. We offer additional screenings for infants who did not pass their initial hearing screening after birth. 
  • Hearing aid fitting and follow-up. Our audiologists and ENT physicians work with you to determine the best hearing aid for your needs, and then ensure it fits and works correctly. We’ll stay in touch with you to make sure you know how to use your hearing aid and that it’s improving your hearing capacity in your everyday life. 
  • Ototoxicity monitoring. Certain medications can potentially damage your hearing. We offer monitoring to assess if and how your hearing may be affected so your physician can adjust your medications if needed. 
  • Vestibular assessment. We use a variety of tests to determine if you have an inner ear disorder that is affecting your balance. 
  • Rotary chair platform. A non-invasive, painless test that assess the function of the balance system. Goggles are used to monitor eye movements in response to movements of the chair
  • Videonystagmography (VNG). A non-invasive, painless test that assesses vestibular (balance) functioning. Goggles are used to monitor eye movements in response to different stimulus conditions.
  • VEMP. A measurement of the vestibular system in response to sound. It is a non-invasive, painless procedure.

Hearing and balance team

Our staff includes state licensed, nationally certified audiologists who use a team approach, working together with our otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) and primary care physicians. 

We accept referrals from ENT doctors, primary care and specialty care physicians, other audiologists and self-referred patients.