Hearing, and Balance Disorders
loss—this is a true emergency that is often
ignored. Proper IMMEDIATE treatment can double the chances of
having one's hearing return.
difficulties—there are many causes. A hearing
test in the office and a good history and examination will
determine what kind of hearing loss a person has and what can be
done about it.
Tinnitus—ringing in both ears can be a
common symptom associated with a variety of other problems.
Sometimes treatment is as simple as changing a medicine --other
times treatment is difficult. Ringing in one ear or pulsating
ringing however, needs to be investigated further as it can be a
sign of a more significant problem
Impaction—a common problem often caused by
using Q tips the ears can be easily and comfortably corrected
in the office
- Recurrent ear
infection—more common in children because of
underdeveloped Eustachian tube function, there are treatment
options, sometimes this involves placing a small temporary tube
within the eardrum.
- Vertigo—the hallucination of motion or a
sense of the room spinning has many causes. Fortunately, once the
correct cause of the vertigo has been diagnosed, treatment is
usually quite helpful
Disease—an overly diagnosed problem where a
person will have attacks of vertigo, hearing loss, and ringing.
There are multiple treatment options
Vertigo—a common problem where turning the
head causes a room spinning sensation. It can usually be fixed with
a simple head rotation maneuver done in the office
- Otosclerosis—this is hearing loss caused
by stiffening of the small bones in the middle ear. This can
usually be improved with hearing aids or surgery
- Cholesteatoma—The ear drum can
actually get sucked into the middle ear over time and collect
debris. This debris can erode the hearing bones causing hearing
loss or chronic drainage. Occasionally the debris can erode through
more important structures and cause more serious problems.This
requires surgery to correct.
- Chronic external canal
and middle ear infections—needs a specialist
to evaluate. Treatment is usually effective once the underlying
cause is solved