Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing and Balance Center
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
7777 Hennessy Boulevard
Neurotology for Adults and Children
Specializing in hearing, balance, facial nerve and cranial base tumors
Under the direction of Moisés Arriaga, MD, MBA, FACS, our dedicated Hearing and Balance program has thrived since its inception in 2005 and has enjoyed an impressive and steady expansion over the years.
The LSU Hearing and Balance team is made up of an extraordinary group of professionals with diverse expertise in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. With Dr. Arriaga, Dr. Rahul Mehta, MD, FRCS, and Dr. Terrence Murphy, MD, FACS in Baton Rouge, and Dr. Arriaga and Dr. Anne Maxwell, MD in New Orleans the division boasts four fellowship-trained neurotologists and a support team that involves ten Audiologists, four Vestibular (balance) Physical Therapists, four Nurse Practitioners, and two Facial Paralysis Rehabilitation Therapists.
The Hearing and Balance Center services include the Our Lady of the Lake RMC Hearing and Balance Center in Baton Rouge, the CNC Hearing and Balance Center at West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans, University Medical Center in New Orleans and the Acoustic Neuroma Center of Excellence at both campuses which includes the facial nerve treatment center, the Gamma Knife Program and the Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) program. Adult and Pediatric Cochlear Implant Programs are centered at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center, and Childrens Hospital New Orleans.
The services we provide include diagnosis, treatment and therapy for a vast array of problems affecting the ear and the surrounding parts of the head and skull base. The conditions we treat include:
- Hearing loss and deafness
- Comprehensive hearing analysis: audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex testing, oto-acoustic emissions, and auditory brainstem response testing for infants, children and adults
- Traditional and digital hearing aids and assistive listening devices
- Cochlear implants and implantable hearing aids
- Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
- Ear Lens Program
- Auditory Brainstem Implants
- Chronic ear and mastoid infections
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) management including Tinnitus Retraining Devices and active therapy
- Tumors (benign and malignant) of the ear and temporal bone, including acoustic neuroma, glomus tumors, squamous cell cancer, and others
- Dizziness and other balance disturbances from a wide variety of causes, including Meniere’s disease, inner ear infections, autoimmune diseases, and other neurologic conditions.
- Comprehensive balance evaluations including electrophysiological testing, rotary-chair balance testing, posturography platform assessment, video-nystagmography, vestibular evoked potentials, video head impulse testing, and others
- Rehabilitative balance therapy for patients who are at risk for falls
- Canalith repositioning procedures to restore inner ear balance function
- Facial nerve testing and facial paralysis rehabilitation and reconstruction (discussed further in the section on Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
- Multidisciplinary Team management for all Vestibular, Cochlear Implant and Facial Reanimation cases
- Laser Microsurgery and Endoscopic Ear Surgery