Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences

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Koss Hearing and Balance Center

The Koss Hearing and Balance Center provides the identification, evaluation, and treatment of hearing and balance disorders.  It is our goal to improve communication and enhance the patient’s quality of life through education, comprehensive evaluation, and individualized rehabilitative care.  Audiologists are professionals who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of people with hearing loss and/or balance disorders.

Meet our Audiology Providers

Comprehensive Hearing and Balance Services

At Koss Hearing and Balance Center we provide expert, professional and comprehensive research-based services to patients of all ages from infants to senior citizens.  A wide range of diagnostic audiological services are available to assess hearing, as well as rehabilitative services to provide hearing aids, assistive devices and aural rehabilitation.

We offer cutting edge hearing aid technology with a variety of styles and manufacturers to choose from to best meet individual needs. Digital hearing aid technology has advanced to provide improved communication using wireless applications for devices such as telephone, television, personal music players, computers and much more. The department also specializes in the fitting of other devices, such as osseo-integrated implants (bone-anchored hearing aids) and cochlear implants to patients of all ages.

Patients with dizziness/imbalance may undergo comprehensive assessment using the latest equipment including Videonystagmography (VNG), Rotary Chair and Posturography testing. Vestibular Rehabilitation is also available on-site by a physical therapist with a broad range of knowledge and expertise in balance disorders.  We are one of the only facilities in the state to offer such a comprehensive vestibular program.

Tinnitus Management Team

Over 40 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, or ringing/noise in the ears. Many patients seek help only to be advised that “there is nothing that can be done about it.” Extensive research and experience with tinnitus has provided a greater understanding of the nature of tinnitus and there is much that can be done to manage tinnitus.
For most patients, there are many options to help relieve tinnitus including sound therapy, relaxation techniques, sleep therapy, and a variety of others. Our approach is to educate each individual regarding the nature of their tinnitus and provide an individual plan that will address specific needs. We have a team devoted to tinnitus management who offer knowledgeable counsel and rehabilitative options.

Improving Quality of Life

Ultimately our goal is improved communication and enhanced quality of life. This is achieved by guiding each individual through the rehabilitation process beyond obtaining hearing aids. Our Aura Rehabilitation program provides patients and family/communication partners with counsel and support as well as communication strategies to enhance listening and communication skills with or without hearing aids.

Expert Care

The Medical College of Wisconsin supports a strong academic and research foundation that allows the audiologist to provide each patient with the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art hearing health care available.
Our audiologists are licensed and certified professionals who actively participate in the community through giving lectures, as well as attending conferences and workshops. It is our desire that throughout every level of care each patient will not only experience the highest quality of services, but will also appreciate the passion which motivates our professionals.
 

For more information and resources on hearing loss please visit these websites:

Better Hearing Institute

American Academy of Audiology

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Hearing Loss Association of America

Association of Late Deafened Adults

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