Ear Doctor in North Sioux City
The ears are the organ responsible for hearing and balance.
They have outer, middle and inner parts.
When any part of the ear is not functioning correctly, there are many conditions that may result from it, such as:
Pediatrics is a focus of our ear services. Children can be at a higher risk for ear related conditions due to their developing anatomy and the higher occurrences of illness such as the common cold in children versus adults. Pediatric patients are especially at a higher risk for middle ear infections. As hearing loss can be related to ear infections, it’s important for children to be evaluated by a physician and treated to prevent hearing and speech development issues such as delayed speech.
An ear infection (otitis media) is most often a viral or bacterial infection in the middle ear. A middle ear infection typically occurs when fluid build up in the air-filled space behind the eardrum and do not drain properly after a cold or allergies. Ear infections can affect any age group, but children are more likely than adults to get them.
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling of spinning or losing balance. This disorder may also cause hearing loss, pressure in the ear, or tinnitus (a ringing, roaring or buzzing sound in the ear). These episodes typically last from 20 minutes to four hours.
A Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) is a hearing device that utilizes direct bone conduction to transmit sound. This hearing aid is surgically implanted behind the ear to bypass the auditory canal and middle ear. It takes advantage of the bones’ natural conductive abilities by sending sound vibrations directly to the inner ear.
Ear Wax Removal
Earwax is produced by the glands in the ear canal. It helps to trap dust and other small particles to prevent them from reaching the eardrum. If these small particles reach the eardrum, they can cause damage or an infection.
Ruptured Eardrum A perforated eardrum is a hole or rupture in the eardrum. This condition is also known as a tympanic membrane rupture. An eardrum can rupture as a result of infection, injury or eustachian tube disorders. This tear in the membrane separates the outer ear from the middle ear and can lead to a…
If you or someone you care for is having ear related problems, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4320 to schedule an appointment.