Dizziness and Hearing Clinic

Dizziness and vertigo are among the most common reasons patients visit a physician. They affect about 15 to over 20 percent of adults annually in large population-based studies. At The University of Chicago Medicine, our expert team of dizziness and hearing specialists diagnose and treat vertigo from “ear rocks” (BPPV – the most common cause of vertigo), as well as complex ear conditions like Ménière's disease.

In addition to inner ear conditions, dizziness can also come from the brain, eyes and a disturbed sensation from the feet or neck. We excel at detecting and treating these other sources of dizziness, including: migraine, stroke, visual vertigo and neuropathy. These all can cause symptoms of dizziness and imbalance.

We are committed to delivering advanced, personal care to meet the needs of each patient. We strive to get to know patients — beyond their test results — to provide individualized, compassionate care.

Multidisciplinary Approach for a Continuum of Care

The dizziness and hearing clinic at UChicago Medicine is led by a multidisciplinary team that provides high-quality dizziness evaluation and treatment for adults. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment.

Our team combines otoneurologists, otologists (ENT) and audiologists to diagnose and manage dizziness and hearing issues.

During your appointment, we evaluate your condition(s) and symptoms to design a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals. Our experts work together to deliver the highest level of care to patients, especially those with advanced or complex issues requiring the latest therapies. The dizziness and hearing clinic also welcomes patients seeking second opinions.

Dizziness and Hearing-Related Conditions We Treat

Our team specializes in seeing patients experiencing dizziness and hearing issues. This includes the following conditions and more:

A benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows on the vestibular nerve, which connects the inner ear to the brain. This type of tumor typically grows slowly and can cause symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness and balance problems. In rare cases, it causes facial numbness or weakness.

A condition where both vestibular systems – which are responsible for sensing and controlling balance and spatial orientation – are damaged or impaired.

A common inner ear disorder that causes brief episodes of vertigo. Also known as “ear crystals” or “ear rocks.”

A type of dizziness that is believed to arise from a neck problem.

Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears. Hearing loss and tinnitus are common conditions that can affect people of all ages.

A rare neurological condition characterized by a persistent sensation of motion, typically rocking or swaying, even when a person is standing still.

A chronic inner ear disorder combining hearing loss, tinnitus and episodes of vertigo.

A neurological disorder characterized by recurrent headaches, typically on one side of the head, that can be accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. A vestibular migraine causes dizziness, sometimes even without any headache.

A condition that can cause constant feelings of lightheadedness, unsteadiness or motion sensitivity.

A type of dizziness that occurs after a head trauma.

Fainting or near-fainting caused by a drop in blood pressure and a reduction in blood flow to the brain.

A condition that affects the inner ear and can cause a variety of symptoms, including dizziness, vertigo and sensitivity to loud noises. Some people can even “hear their eyes move.”

A condition that affects motion and balance. It is thought to be due to damage of the vestibular nerve (the "balance-related nerve" between the ear and the brain.)

Our Dizziness and Hearing Team

When patients come to the UChicago Medicine Dizziness and Hearing Clinic, they can access a multidisciplinary team of experts, including otoneurologists, otologists and audiologists. The team works together to ensure every patient gets the best care possible. We also coordinate care with other specialists and referring physicians.

Request an Appointment

The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment. 

To speak to someone directly, please call 773-702-6222. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

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