The audiology clinics in both Hillcrest and La Jolla provide diagnostic hearing evaluations to inpatients and outpatients. Each patient, caregiver and/or family member receives individual instruction and counseling related to hearing loss and hearing aids.
The latest in digital programmable hearing aids are available for hearing impaired patients to purchase.
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There are several ways in which hearing is evaluated. Tests include:
Hearing Aids and Assistive Devices
Assistive devices include any tool that increases communication for a person with a speech, voice, language or hearing loss disorder. The following devices are available at UC San Diego.
Tinnitus can be caused by several different things: age, earwax buildup, medications, or disorder (e.g., thyroid disorder, Ménière's disease). If treating the cause of tinnitus doesn't alleviate symptoms, there are devices that can help.
When the hair cells in the cochlea are damaged, sound is unable to reach the auditory nerve. Cochlear implants helps bypass these damaged hair cells and provide direct stimulation to the auditory nerve, thereby restoring hearing.
Vestibular (Balance) Evaluation
The vestibular system is vital to daily function and activities as it helps maintain body and head posture. If damaged in childhood, the vestibular system can greatly impact development. The following tests help diagnose a vestibular system injury.
Facial Nerve Evaluation
Facial nerve damage has a huge impact on the muscles of the face. One of our audiologists will assess the extent of facial nerve damage and muscle weakness with the following test: