Causing pain for children and adults alike, middle ear infections can lead to many problems. Seeking medical attention for your ear infection is the best solution to make sure that you receive adequate treatment and prevent complications. Frequent middle ear infection or persistent middle ear fluid may lead to the need for ear tubes. In adults, there is a new procedure to balloon dilate the Eustachian tube (AERA). For more information on this new procedure, please review the Eustachian Tube Dysfunction page. Find out about the symptoms and solutions of an ear infection.
People who experience a decline in hearing can sometimes feel detached from society. Even simple everyday conversations become problematic, which can cause withdrawal from social activities, friends and family. This isolation can lead to loneliness, anxiety, and depression. If you feel helpless, frustrated, and all alone, find out how one of our caring hearing specialists can help you find a solution to your symptoms.
Swimmer’s ear (otitis externa) is a condition that causes pain in the outer ear and ear canal. The ear canal protects the ear from foreign objects entering in the middle part of the ear, such as bugs, water, and small toys children shove in there. The ear canal is also responsible for protecting the ear form developing infections.
Surfer’s ear is not the same swimmer’s ear, but many people confuse the two conditions. Surfer’s ear is the result of an abnormal bone growth in the ear canal. What happens is the abnormal bone growth is made up of several bony growths called exostoses. Eventually surfer’s ear can cause partial or a complete blockage of the ear canal.
Tinnitus can be an annoying condition. It is described as a constant or occasional ringing sound in the ears. According to statistics from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, an estimated 12 million people in the United States suffer from tinnitus.
Vertigo is an unpleasant feeling that is twofold. With vertigo, it feels as if the room is spinning, or it can feel as if you are moving. Vertigo is not the same as dizziness. When you are dizzy, it feels more like you are light headed and may pass out. Dizziness is a common feeling when you are sick or you have not eaten in several hours.
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