Resources for Hearing Loss, Tinnitus & Vertigo

Dr. Chad Ruffin

ENT Doc and CI Surgeon

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Trusted Partners

Cascade Dizziness & Balance Physical Therapy

Cascade Dizziness & Balance Physical Therapy in Leshi specializes exclusively in the rehabilitation of balance disorders. They are delightful group. They particularly enjoy helping older patients recover from the fear of falling. Their indoor “obstacle course” is a testament to their innovation. Cascade also hosts the patient support group, Seattle Dizzy Group.

Northgate Hearing Services

Northgate Hearing Services is led by audiologist Dr. Melanie Hecker. Dr. Hecker is a leader in the field and is the current President of the Washington State Academy of Audiology. While her comprehensive clinic treats all audiological issues, she is particularly passionate about tinnitus management.

Mama Hu Hears

Dr. Michelle Hu is a pediatric audiologist who also has bilateral cochlear implants. She has created a video curriculum for parents of children with hearing loss. The goal of this series is to help parents navigate their feelings as well as the bigger issues with pediatric hearing loss.


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From the desk of Dr. Chad Ruffin:

Do Facial Shields Prevent COVID-19 Transmission?

August 18, 2020

Facial shields may be a way around masks. They seem to decrease the amount of inhaled flu virus. Flu is another respiratory virus like COVID-19 that has similar transmission dynamics. In addition, shields may keep hands from faces better than masks. They also protect virus from landing inside the eyes.

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New Seminar Series: WFH, Quarantine Economy, & Using Accessibility to Proactively Change Organizations

May 6, 2020

Remote work. Zoom fatigue. Economic uncertainty. Anxiety? Sure, but this is the time for the deaf and hard of hearing to change work culture. Join us to learn how to take this opportunity to build better remote culture for better collaboration and less videoconferencing and meetings.

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Part 2 of COVID-19 for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Communicating in the Hospital

April 30, 2020

In the hospital, COVID-19 creates unique challenges for those with hearing loss. COVID-19 patients are separated from other other patients into “respiratory isolation.” This means that masks and noisy air purifiers are widely used. Masks that muffle the voice and prevent lipreading. Unlike other medical settings, masks will not be lowered so that you can lipread.

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Patient Reviews of Chad Ruffin, MD

Dr. Ruffin is committed to providing every patient with outstanding care. Hear what patients of Dr. Ruffin have to say about their experience with him.

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Dr. Ruffin was the first person in over 10 years to actually take the time to really listen to me. He took the time to figure out what’s actually going on without chalking it up to something simple and sending me on my way.

Liz H.

I really appreciated Chad's honesty with options, having surgery being a last result and most of all explaining everything in layman's terms. I couldn't be happier with my experience and really appreciate him getting to the bottom of my ear issue and making it feel better than it ever has!

Mathew M.

Dr. Ruffin was incredibly knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate. He took the time to fully understand the issues and was able to provide immediate relief. Nothing short of a miracle here. Furthermore, the entire team was very kind and professional. One of the best medical experiences I have had!

Brian F.