Treating hearing and balance disorders in San Diego

A female patient undergoes a hearing exam.

Treating hearing and balance disorders in San Diego

Scripps offers numerous audiology programs and services to meet the needs of adults, children and infants with hearing and vestibular (balance) disorders.

Through comprehensive hearing tests, evaluations and balance assessments, Scripps audiologists can establish whether patients hear within the normal range. They can also help determine the cause of hearing loss or vestibular abnormality and suggest a course of treatment from a wide variety of hearing aids and aural rehabilitation therapies.

Experts in audiology

Scripps audiologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and/or the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). They provide care at several Scripps hospitals and clinics throughout San Diego.

If you have a hearing disorder or condition that requires medical or surgical treatment, our audiologists work closely with a wide range of hearing specialists and other experts within the Scripps network and can refer you to a doctor for specialized care.

Audiology services at Scripps

The audiologists at Scripps Health are dedicated to providing quality care for people with hearing impairment and vestibular (balance) disorders. Services vary by site and may include:

  • Comprehensive hearing test and evaluations for infants, children and adults
  • Vestibular (balance) testing using videonystagmography (VNG)
  • Central auditory processing evaluations
  • Cochlear implant evaluation and mapping
  • Hearing aid evaluation and fitting
  • Repair BAHA devices (bone-anchored hearing aid)
  • Custom ear plugs and swim molds
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Tinnitus consultations
  • Aural rehabilitation, including auditory training and lip reading (speech reading) lessons 

Depending on the cause and extent of your hearing loss, treatment options vary but can include hearing aids, cochlear implants, medications or surgery. 

Hearing test and evaluation

Hearing difficulty or hearing loss can make communicating difficult, which can strain relationships or cause challenges at work. The audiology department at Scripps can help, starting with a hearing test and evaluation. Once completed, your audiologist will discuss various options to determine an appropriate solution for you and help you overcome your hearing challenges.

Hearing loss treatment and devices

If you have difficulty hearing, a Scripps audiologist can help determine the best treatment options based on the cause and severity of your hearing problem.

Balance assessment and fall prevention

Dizziness is one of the three most common complaints in the medical setting. But half of all patients reporting dizziness to their primary care doctor are never diagnosed. The first step to address imbalance or dizziness is to find the cause so proper treatment can follow.

Videonystagmography examines the function of the inner ear, or the vestibular system, through observation of eye movements associated with balance. Vestibular disorders are responsible for more than 50% of dizziness complaints.

Audiologists can identify the source of your balance problem, and this gives you a diagnosis by a physician. Once diagnosed, patients may be referred to a specially trained physical therapist who provides balance and vestibular rehabilitation.

Find audiology care near you

Contact us to make an appointment or find a Scripps audiology location near you. In order to schedule an appointment, you will need a referral from your physician. Check with your insurance company before you call.