The Brain and Spine Institute is made up of experts in the field of neuroscience in order to bring patients the best healthcare in East Tennessee for a full range of neurological diseases and disorders.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center's Balance Center is designed to evaluate and treat patients who suffer from dizziness (vertigo), unsteadiness, falls or motion intolerance. The Balance and Hearing Center at UTMC has treated more than 5,000 patients with dizziness or imbalance since it opened in March of 2003.
The Balance and Hearing Center offers a comprehensive approach to balance problems. The team includes Otolaryngology, physical therapy and audiology. Together, these three disciplines work to thoroughly evaluate patients using state-of-the-art equipment. After diagnosing the patient, a customized treatment plan is developed to reduce or alleviate the patient's symptoms.
The core team meets regularly to discuss each patient individually and make sure the proper diagnosis is made and an individual treatment plan is created.
The basic test battery for balance patients includes videonystagmography (VNG) and a physical therapy examination with a qualified vestibular therapist. Additional testing can be performed depending on the patient’s needs including audiometric testing, platform posturography, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, electrocochleography and auditory brainstem response testing.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specific type of physical therapy designed to address the unique problems of patients who suffer from vertigo, dizziness or a sense of imbalance. The physical therapists in the UT Balance Center have been specifically trained to diagnose and treat Vestibular disorders, as well as balance disorders.
Audiology services dispense hearing aids to adult patients in need of amplification. Loss of hearing can lead to social isolation, depression and decrease in a person's quality of life. Today's hearing aids offer more potential benefit for patients than ever before and enable many patients to reconnect to the world around them. The Balance and Hearing Center offers a range of hearing aids to fit a patient's listening needs and financial constraints. We are happy to offer complete services to our patients with hearing loss. Hearing aid services are offered in two locations – Medical Building C on the Medical Center Campus and in west Knoxville at the Northshore Kroger Plaza building.
For more information, call 865.305.9569 or Fax 865.305.4769. Click here for the Balance and Hearing Center brochure.