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:

Part 1 of COVID-19 for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing: How Hospitals Work

April 29, 2020

Have a plan in place before you get sick. Being prepared ahead of time is key. In an epidemic, the hospital can be overwhelming. You may be in a temporary isolation tent or placed in a hallway. You may not have access to communication tools that you usually get. Again, being prepared ahead of time is key. Make a plan with your family if you’re not ready.

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Video: Dr. Ruffin discusses COVID-19 at

March 27, 2020

Dr. Ruffin was a guest speaker at virtual event and answered questions about COVID-19. Lightbox also hosted three other speakers on mental and financial health.

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🦻Update on COVID-19 for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

March 21, 2020

If you are admitted to a hospital for COVID-19, you will be confined to a respiratory isolation ward and separated from your loved ones. The experience of a cochlear implant patient will drive this home below. Dr. Ruffin and other experts have discussed JP’s experience and believe that DHH people should prepare beyond our original recommendations.

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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.