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Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.  For additional medical information, click on link at bottom to American Academy of Otolaryngology.

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... Allergies Dizziness & Vertigo Ear Infection Hearing Disorders Hearing Loss Tinnitus Tonsils Sinus Pain Sinusitis Snoring & Sleep Apnea Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world...

Ears, Nose & Throat
...This includes medical and surgical treatment for hearing disorders, ear infections, balance disorders, facial nerve or cranial nerve disorders, as well as management of congenital (birth) and cancerous disorders of the outer and inner ear...

Allergies
...The symptoms of an allergy can be quite broad, including not only the familiar sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, and itchy, watery eyes of "hayfever," but chronic "sinus" problems, postnasal drip, head congestion, frequent "colds," recurring ear infections, chronic cough, and asthma...

Dizziness & Vertigo
...[This is in contrast to fluid build-up in the middle ear associated with ear infections...

Tonsils
...This can lead to frequent ear infections and potential hearing loss...

Hearing Loss
...Additionally, inner ear infections, Meniere's disease, and other nerve-related problems contribute to hearing loss in the inner ear...

Signs You Have an Ear Infection
Find out if the ear problems you are having could actually be due to an ear infection...

When to See an ENT Specialist
... ENT doctors are experts in the medical and surgical treatment of these conditions: Ear Conditions and Disorders: You may have to visit an ENT specialist if you’re struggling with an ear problem, including an ear infection, hearing loss, ear pain, or ringing in your ears or tinnitus...

Treating Hearing Loss in 2021
...If your hearing loss is the result of ear infections, antibiotics or decongestants may be effective...

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
... Ear infections and hearing loss—Any malformation of the upper airway can affect the function of the Eustachian tube and increase the possibility of persistent fluid in the middle ear, which is a primary cause of repeat ear infections...

Sore Throats
...This infection can also cause scarlet fever, tonsillitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and ear infections...

Tonsils and Adenoids
...Other signs of adenoid and/or tonsil enlargement include: Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose most of the time Nose sounds “blocked” when the person speaks Chronic runny nose  Noisy breathing during the day  Recurrent ear infections  Snoring at night  Restlessness during sleep, or pauses in breathing for a few seconds at night (this may indicate sleep apnea, or other sleeping disorder) You should see your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, when you or your child experience the common symptoms of infected or enlarged tonsils or adenoids...

Pediatric Hearing Loss
...By age 18, 17 in 1,000 people have some degree of permanent hearing loss (this does not include the type of hearing loss caused by fluid in the ears or ear infections)...

Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
...Other symptoms include: Crying or irritability Poor appetite, or feeding and swallowing problems Weight loss or poor weight gain Wet burps or vomiting, or regurgitation Stomach aches Abdominal and/or chest pain Sore throat Hoarseness Asthma or wheezing Chronic coughing and throat clearing Chronic sinusitis  Ear infections and/or fluid in the ear Tooth decay What Causes Pediatric GERD...

Cholesteatoma
... Cholesteatoma may cause these symptoms: Hearing loss Ear drainage, often with a bad smell  Recurrent ear infections Sensation of ear fullness Dizziness Facial muscle weakness on the side of the infected ear Ear ache/pain If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as possible...

Earaches
... A variety of problems can cause earaches in children and adults: Middle ear infection (called acute otitis media) Swimmer’s ear (called otitis externa) Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or jaw joint pain Eustachian tube dysfunction Inflammation of the outer ear (called chondritis) Cotton swab use Throat infection Throat cancer (rarely) What Causes Earaches in Children...

Swimmer's Ear
...Recurring ear infections (chronic otitis externa) are also possible...

Tinnitus
... Middle ear problems can also cause tinnitus, including middle ear infection (common) and otosclerosis (uncommon), which hardens the tiny ear bones or ossicles...

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
...Many patients see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, convinced that their pain is from an ear infection...