Hearing Loss & Vertigo

Hearing Loss and Vertigo are common ear problems evaluated in our office

The ears comprise the hearing apparatus and the balance organs. There are numerous disorders resulting in ear pain, hearing loss, chronic ear infections and vertigo.

The following are common ear disorders that we evaluate and treat:

  • Ear wax or cerumen impaction
  • Evaluation of hearing loss including presbycusis (age-associated hearing loss) and sudden sensorineural hearing loss
  • Outer ear, middle ear and inner ear infections children and adults with recurring ear infections
  • Ear pain, and ear fullness
  • Ear drum perforations: from trauma or infections
  • Cholesteatoma: a benign tumor or cyst involving the middle ear
  • A chronically draining or infected ear
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. The subjective perception of sounds that aren’t present in the environment
  • Balance problems, vertigo and dizziness. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, labyrinthitis and Menierea’s disease are some of the balance problems we treat.
  • Facial weakness or paralysis. The facial nerve, which controls the muscles of the face, courses through the temporal bone (the ear bone), and ear diseases can affect the facial nerve and the facial muscles. Bella’s palsy is one of the more common facial nerve problems.
  • Acoustic neuroma: benign tumors which can cause hearing loss

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Some of the surgical treatments we offer include:

PE tubes
Pressure equalization tubes are considered for children and adults with chronic fluid or recurring ear infections
Adenoidectomy
Removal of the adenoids in children is sometimes recommended to improve eustachian tube dysfunction which predisposes to recurring ear infections
Tympanoplasty
A procedure to repair a perforation in the ear drum
Middle Ear
Trans-tympanic middle ear injections to treat sudden hearing loss
Mastoidectomy
A procedure to remove chronic infection or cholesteatoma from the bone behind the ear
Ossicular chain reconstruction
Surgically reconstructing the middle ear bones of hearing to restore hearing.

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