Ear Problems and Treatments

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The ears have three main parts; outer, middle, and inner, and there are a variety of causes as to why our patients come to see us with problems for any of them. There are also a variety of ear conditions that can cause vertigo which is a form of dizziness, or be the reason behind hearing loss. Ear infections are the most common illness in infants and children, and some other ear problems that we can treat include swimmer’s ear and surfer’s ear. Our ears are connected to our nose and throat by the eustachian tubes. Due to this connection, ear issues often coincide with nose and throat issues. Swollen adenoids or general inflammation from allergies can interfere with the ear’s drainage and cause ear pain. If you or your child suffer from persistent ear pressure or from recurrent ear infections, the adenoids need to be checked and allergies need to be ruled out. Enlarged adenoids and tonsils often accompany each other as well, particularly in children. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and tailor a solution to provide you with the care that you need to provide you with relief.

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How We Diagnose Your Ear Symptoms

At the The Breathe Clear Institute, we’ll diagnose ear issues with an in-office examination. At your initial consultation Dr. Davis will ask you a series of questions about your ear symptoms in order to determine the best treatment plan for your specific symptoms. In certain cases he will be able to diagnose the problems by looking into the ear and throat and also based on your answers to his questions. For other patients, we use a very small scope, no wider than a strand of spaghetti, placed gently in the nose to examine the eustachian tube opening along with the adenoids and throat. Other options that we have for examining the ear canal are microscopes and small endoscopes that can evaluate the ear canal and ear drum. Through our partnership with American Hearing and Balance, we can also provide an in-office test to check for ear pressure problems or even hearing loss. Since there is such a strong association between ear infections, throat irritation, and allergies, it’s not uncommon that we would suggest running an allergy test by using a simple skin or blood test.

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Treatment Options for Ear Problems

The first line of treatment for ear problems is medical therapy. Recurrent infections of the ears require antibiotics and other medications; however, if infections persist then bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics. In the case of swimmer’s ear, the patient will likely be prescribed ear drops and advised to avoid going into water for a period of time. For people with recurrent infections, minor procedures provide a more definitive solution. If children experience recurring ear infections within a set period of time, Dr. Davis might recommend ear tubes. Treatment options vary greatly based on the cause of the issue, and we will work together to come up with a treatment plan that’s based on your specific set of symptoms.

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