Chronic or recurrent ear infections may be treated with antibiotics or allergy medications to help prevent long-term or permanent hearing loss.
If you are suffering from sudden-onset sensorineural hearing loss (damage to the hearing nerve from diseases or other causes), steroids may provide significant improvement by relieving the inflammation that frequently triggers the hearing loss. The medication is usually given orally but may be injected into the middle ear during an office visit.
Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices
We offer a wide selection of the most advanced hearing aid technology, including digital hearing aids with multiple memories, noise reduction, directional microphones, feedback management systems, and speech enhancement. Wireless or Bluetooth capabilities let you link your hearing aids to your cell phone, television, or other devices. We also offer FM listening systems and information on personal amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, and alarm or warning devices.
In many cases, children and adults with chronic ear infections or buildup of fluid behind the eardrum can be most effectively treated with ear tubes. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia through tiny incisions in the eardrums. Most people return to normal activities the same day, with only minor discomfort. The tiny tubes naturally fall out on their own within nine to 12 months, and most patients do not need replacement tubes.
Our specialists are highly skilled at surgical treatment of ear disorders or injuries that affect hearing, including perforated eardrum, cholesteatoma (benign skin growths), and otosclerosis (bony growths).
Bone Conduction Hearing Aids, Surgical and Nonsurgical
If you have hearing loss that is unilateral (in one side) or in both ears due to outer or middle ear problems, we offer bone conduction hearing devices. These collect sound and transfer it through bone vibrations directly to the cochlea (the hearing organ in your inner ear).
Cochlear Implant Surgery
If you have severe to profound hearing loss that cannot be treated with hearing aids, our specialists in cochlear implant surgery provide the most advanced cochlear implant care available. We performed some of the first cochlear implant surgeries in the U.S., and our research has contributed to major advances that have resulted in superior care and excellent outcomes.