Hearing loss is a widespread and growing problem in the United States, and older patients are not the only ones experiencing it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 million adults between the ages of 20 and 69 have difficulty hearing due to noise damage caused by high volume or sustained sounds.
“We definitely see a high demand for our services. We treat patients of all ages and provide care for every part of the ear,” said Amy Yoon, AuD, a UF Health audiologist. “It is not just hearing. We also treat patients with dizziness, tinnitus and other ear-related disorders.”
UF Health Otolaryngology provides treatment for a variety of conditions in the ears, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. University of Florida otolaryngologists — commonly referred to as ear, nose and throat, or ENT, physicians — offer a wide range of patient services using advanced techniques in diagnosis and management.
“We have helped many patients hear for the first time through cochlear or bone-anchored hearing implants,” Yoon said. “Typically, patients who need this type of treatment are referred to an external specialist. At UF Health, we are the specialists. Patients can have all of their hearing needs addressed by the same network of doctors.”
Otolaryngology can cross several disciplines, including oncology, neurosurgery and rehabilitation. “We are often one piece in the puzzle of care for many of these patients,” Yoon said. “UF Health North completes the big picture of health care for patients in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia by making these services available in one place.”