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Ear Services

Audiology Services

Audiometric testing (or hearing testing) is performed to monitor or identify hearing loss (or deafness) and tinnitus. Hearing loss is the inability to hear certain frequencies/pitches completely or partially in one or both ears. There are different types and causes of hearing loss. Tinnitus is often described as a ringing, roaring, chirping, or hissing sound in your ears. Although tinnitus is most commonly associated with hearing loss, there are many other causes, some of which are unknown. Both hearing loss and tinnitus should be assessed with a hearing test and medical evaluation. Hearing aids may be recommended. Please see the Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids page for more information.

Balance and Vertigo (Dizziness) testing is often recommended for patients who experience dizziness, and can describe a variety of symptoms, including unsteadiness or off-balance feelings when walking, spinning sensation after head or body movement, and/or lightheadedness. Balance and vertigo testing helps to determine if symptoms are peripheral or central and if additional testing should be performed. For information on testing, see Electronystagmography (ENG) and Canalith Repositioning information sheets. For some patients, particularly those with difficulty walking or an off-balance sensation, vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) with a physical therapist may be recommended.

Cerumen and/or Foreign Body Removal

Blockage of the ear canal from excessive wax build up or a foreign body can cause ear fullness, hearing loss and otitis externa. Dr. Scolaro uses a microscope to visualize the ear canal and clean out debris.

Ear Infections

There are typically three types of ear infections: otitis externa, otitis media and labyrinthitis.

  1. Otitis externa, or outer ear infection, are infections and/or inflammation of the outer ear, which is the ear canal to the tympanic membrane.
  2. Otitis media, or middle ear infection, are infections, fluid and/or inflammation of the middle ear space behind the tympanic membrane, and can include mastoid region.
  3. Labyrinthitis, irritation or inflammation of the inner ear, exhibits a wide range of symptoms including sudden onset of dizziness and vertigo, sensorineural hearing loss, and tinnitus.

Evaluation of these conditions includes visual inspection with otoscopy, tympanogram and a possible hearing test. Additional testing may be recommended by Dr. Scolaro depending on the severity of the condition.

Myringotomy & Tympanostomy Tube Placement

Tympanostomy tube placement is recommended to treat persistent fluid in the middle ear and/or frequent ear infections. Tube placement may also be recommended as treatment for a thinning and retracted ear drum. See Myringotomy and Tympanostomy information sheet for more information.

Tympanoplasty

Tympanoplasty is a reconstructive procedure performed to repair the tympanic membrane or ossicles and, in some cases, help restore hearing and prevent middle ear infections. See Tympanoplasty information sheet for more information.

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