Ear Conditions and treatment
Your ears are precious to you for many reasons. Hearing and balance come to mind as two of the most important. The ability to hear means communication, safety, and pleasure; and the ability to keep one’s balance impacts everything from standing to walking and driving. Of course, you rarely notice the importance of either until you are struck with an infection or other issue. When this happens, it is important to visit a clinic right away for relief. The staff at Pinon Hills Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Specialists have the experience and tests needed to accurately diagnose various ear conditions in Farmington, NM.
Our physician and surgeon is board-certified and has years of experience in treating ear conditions. Your ears are our specialty, and we see patients who have infections and hearing loss. Call our practice to schedule an appointment with our ENT or one of his P.A.’s.
Treatment for Ear Conditions
For problems with your ears, it’s best to see a specialist, such as an ENT. We provide services that include diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for patients of all ages, including children and senior citizens. Some of the conditions we help our patients with include:
Clogged Ears — It’s quite common to get clogged ears. The cause may be air, water, ear wax, or an infection. There are simple remedies for these matters, but if the condition doesn’t clear up quickly, you want to see a doctor. Antibiotics or ear cleaning can help.
Ear Infections (Otitis Media) — The shape of the Eustachian tube in children makes them susceptible to middle ear infections. You may notice your child pulling on their ear or crying due to pain from the inflammation. Because ear infections are the most common cause of hearing loss for children, we recommend you bring your little ones to our practice for diagnosis and treatment.
Hearing Loss — People of all ages can experience hearing loss, but as we age, it becomes more common. Losing your hearing at any age is a challenge. As ear specialists, we look for the cause and do our best to provide you with options for solutions within and outside of our clinic.
Surgical Relief Options
Our surgeon, Dr. Clarke, treats certain types of hearing loss and ear infection with tympanoplasty, which is a procedure that repairs or reconstructs a hole in the eardrum. In this procedure, diseased tissue is removed, and new tissue is put into place to cover the hole and restore hearing.
When severe, an ear infection can result in diseased cells that spread into the part of the skull that is behind our ear. These cells need to be removed in a process known as Mastoidectomy or Mastoid Debridement before the diseased cells cause hearing loss, inflammation of your inner ear or brain membrane, or even an abscess in the brain.