The Audiology and Balance Centers at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) provide excellent services in the assessment and evaluation of hearing and balance problems for patients of all ages. Audiologists at our centers aim to provide the best patient-centered care for our patients, while effectively addressing their needs.
In keeping with our mission to provide excellent and comprehensive quality care to our patients, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery offers comprehensive services in its new Balance Center.
The Balance Center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to facilitate diagnosis of a broad range of balance problems originating from otological, neurological or musculoskeletal diseases. The aim of our multidisciplinary team is to get our patients back on track to an active and safe lifestyle.
Our new center has been designed to take into consideration your comfort and privacy. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and welcoming environment during your testing and therapy.
The Balance Center boasts the latest in balance assessment technology allowing us to tailor the testing to every patient’s needs so that an accurate diagnosis of vestibular and balance problems can be established.
This is an essential element in the diagnosis of the patient with dizziness. It allows evaluation of the vestibular function of the inner ear, as well as some insight into central (brain) components of dizziness, in addition to allowing lateralization of the lesion to one ear or the other.
- Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
This is a unique assessment platform, introduced in the Middle East for the first time, which serves a dual purpose in diagnosis and treatment. It allows separation of the different components of balance control, namely contributions of the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems to balance, and is extremely helpful in the patient with vague, possibly multi-causal dizziness. It also serves an important purpose in the establishment of rehabilitative individual therapy protocols.
Video Impulse Head Testing (vHIT)
A vHIT is a test that evaluates the inner ear balance function by examining the semicircular canals.
Video Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)
A VEMP testing evaluates the inner ear balance function by examining the saccule and utricle. There are two types of this test: Cervical VEMP (c-VEMP) or Ocular VEMP (o-VEMP).
Whenever you have any concerns about hearing, you can refer to the services offered at the Audiology Center at AUBMC to help you identify any hearing problems and offer you possible management options. Offered services include comprehensive hearing tests for both the pediatric and adult population as well as audiologic and aural rehabilitation for patients with hearing loss.