Ear infections (acute otitis media) occur in a variety of ways, and can happen internally, in the middle ear, or the outer ear. Because of the wide range of bacteria and viruses that can afflict different segments of the ear, it is important to pay special attention to the severity of your symptoms to help our doctor's determine the correct course of treatment. The types of infections are as follows:
Our doctor's will assess the health of the ear with an otoscope, looking specifically for fluid behind the eardrum and redness of the ear. Tone testing, such as an audiogram, or air-pressure tests like tympanograms, may also be performed to better understand the effects of the infection.
Antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants, or eardrops may be prescribed, and in some instances, ear-tube surgery may be recommended.
Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us for yourself or a loved one. The sooner a thorough examination can take place, the sooner we can help relieve the pain and discomfort of the infection.
The shape and size of a child’s developing ear canal make it difficult for fluid to drain—but easy for bacteria to dig in. That’s why ear infections are one of the most common reasons for childhood doctor visits. If you suspect that your child might have an ear infection, be on the lookout for symptoms like:
Masking: An electronic device called a masker may be worn to distract from the ringing sensation. Maskers fit in the ear similarly to hearing aids and produce low-level sounds. In addition, bedside sound generators and other devices can also help remove the perception of ringing.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy:A therapeutic process in which we specialize, and has given relief to many of our patients. Our process is a combination of sound therapy and counseling, which alters the brain’s neural signals and weakens the perception of tinnitus, allowing you to live your daily life far more peacefully.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:A type of counseling that helps to change the body’s emotional reaction to tinnitus by altering negative thought patterns and helping to relieve stress.
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