Overview

Overview

Approximately 30 million people report having a hearing difficulty; that is 10.3 percent of the U.S. population. So if you have a hearing loss, understand that you are not alone.

Audiologists at Cleveland Clinic Florida specialize in evaluating hearing loss and its impact on a patient’s ability to communicate. Evaluation also provides a comprehensive multi-specialty approach to detect balance issues and vestibular disorders, which can be affected by hearing loss.

Our highly skilled team of ENT physicians provide a comprehensive treatment plan once a hearing or balance problem has been diagnosed. We pride ourselves on always staying abreast with the latest developments in diagnosis of hearing loss and balance disorders and hearing aid technologies.

Our practice mainly focuses on the medical aspects of hearing and balance loss and current developments in amplification technology. Our audiologists, capitalizing on unique multi-specialty collaborative environment of Cleveland Clinic Florida, work closely with ENT physicians, specifically with neuro-otology services, to provide the best and most comprehensive management of hearing and balance disorders.  Patients are also referred to audiology from Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology and Infectious Diseases.

Patients expressing concerns about hearing difficulties at home or at work to their primary care physicians in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine, are referred to Audiology for comprehensive hearing evaluations. Similarly, patients concerned about balance disorders, can be referred to Audiology by the departments of Neurology, Internal Medicine or Family Medicine for a balance evaluation. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, or receiving certain antibiotics, are monitored for changes in hearing in collaboration with the Oncology and Infectious Diseases departments.

Cleveland Clinic Florida staff members are licensed by the state of Florida and are certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), American Board of Audiology (ABA) and American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

What We Treat

What We Treat

Audiologists at Cleveland Clinic Florida diagnose and contribute to medical or rehabilitative management of the following conditions:

  • Age –Related hearing loss (presbycusis)
  • Hearing loss related to various diseases of the ear
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Ototoxicity (adverse effects of medications on hearing)
  • Disturbances of balance
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Hearing Evaluation & Diagnosis

Audiogram (hearing test)

  • ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response)
  • ECOG (Electrocochleography)
  • VEMP (vestibular evoked myogenic potential; ocular and cervical )
  • VNG (Videonystagmography)
  • VHIT (Video Head Impulse Test)

Hearing Aids Provided and Serviced

Cleveland Clinic Florida provides amplification from all major leading manufacturers of hearing aids in the world. Based on lifestyle and configuration of the hearing loss, audiologists are able determine the optimal devices for patients, prescribe and adjust them, and monitor the progress of acceptance, use and benefits of amplification. Our practice prides itself on highly personalized service and genuine care for the wellbeing of the hearing-impaired and their families.

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Appointments

To request an appointment, please call toll-free 877.463.2010.

Locations

Staff

Staff

Inna Valerie Silver, Au. D.

Silver received her bachelor and Master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from San Jose State University in California in 994-1995 and her doctorate in audiology from University of Florida in 2001. She is a senior audiologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida and combines interests in Speech Perception by the hearing-impaired, amplification, vestibular diagnostics and treatment, and issues of student training and mentorship. She spent her early career doing research in hearing science and started practicing clinical audiology in various academic and hospital settings in 1998. She has joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2006.

Silver has written a number of articles and abstracts that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Tacita Persad-Maharaj, Au. D.

Persad had obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2004 and her Master of Public Health in 2007 from Florida International University and her Doctor of Audiology (Au. D.) from Nova Southeastern University in 2011. She has completed her externship here at Cleveland Clinic Florida and has joined audiology department in 2012. She holds certification from American Board of Audiology (ABA) and is a fellow of American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Her  interests  and expertise include adult diagnostic evaluations; adult hearing aids and amplification devices.