At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, we diagnose and treat a variety of ear-related disorders. Our providers are trained in both medical and surgical treatment options and we offer compassionate and patient-centered medical care.
Hearing and balance are crucial to how we manage our daily lives. At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center, our ENT specialists treat a variety of ear conditions for both children and adults including, but not limited to: Ear Trauma, Ear Pain and Dizziness.
Trauma to the outside of the ear includes wounds, injuries and/or blunt trauma.
When ear trauma occurs, it is important that you are diagnosed and treated quickly to prevent permanent damage to your ear.
Ear pain is a common complaint and can result from infection, poor eustachian tube function or temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ).
TMJ is a frequent cause of pain in the ear area and is often misdiagnosed. Treatment can include anti-inflammatory medication and/or a dental splint.
Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear)
Swimmer’s Ear is an infection that occurs in the skin of the ear canal.
Symptoms can include:
- Tenderness to the touch
Serous Otitis Media (Middle Ear Fluid)
Serous Otitis Media means there is fluid behind the eardrum and can have multiple causes.
- Hearing loss
- Blocked sensation
Your doctor will properly diagnose this condition and recommend a course of treatment.
Middle Ear Infections
When abnormal fluid in the middle ear becomes infected with bacteria, it is considered a middle ear infection.
- Ear pain that is worse when laying down
- Difficulty sleeping and irritability
For children with middle ear infections, antibiotics are commonly prescribed; however, some children have recurring infections that may require ear tubes to equalize pressure and eliminate future infections.
Perforations of the eardrum usually result from infection or trauma.
Perforations due to chronic infection may not heal and can be associated with some degree of hearing loss. Surgical procedures may be required to repair the eardrum.
Tympanic Membrane Perforation:
The term dizziness is a general term that represents different sensations for different people.
- A sensation of movement, spinning or swaying
- Trouble walking or standing
Although dizziness is highly treatable, it is important for your physician to determine the root cause of dizziness before recommending a course of treatment.
Dizziness can be caused by several conditions, including:
- Poor circulation
- Meniere’s Disease
To pinpoint the cause of dizziness, a full medical history and complete examination by one of our ENT physicians is necessary.
Ear Disorder Treatments
Tympanotomy refers to a surgical approach to diagnosing issues within the middle ear and its structures. This procedure helps to show your ear’s response to varying pressures and identifies problems needing medical attention.
Here are a few videos demonstrating various results:
Right Middle Ear Effusion (Fluid Behind the Eardrum):
Left Ear Canal and Eardrum (Tympanic Membrane):
Right Ear Canal and Eardrum (Tympanic Membrane):