Ear diseases and infections can affect people of all ages but are often common in younger children. At Terry Baker, MD, the expert staff can evaluate your hearing, diagnose infections or disease, and offer management or treatment to get your ears as healthy as possible. Residents of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the surrounding area benefit from Dr. Baker’s otolaryngology expertise. Call the office if you have concerns about the health of your ears.
You have three main parts to your ear; the outer, middle, and inner ear. All of them are intrinsic to hearing. In addition, the inner ear controls balance.
A number of ear conditions may affect your hearing, balance, and health. These include:
While most ear diseases are easily treatable, if you go without seeing a medical professional, they can lead to a loss of hearing or deafness.
Pain and pressure in your ear is a clear sign of an ear problem. Other symptoms include:
If you or your child exhibits these symptoms, it’s a good idea to get treatment to resolve the infection.
Chronic ear infections are long-standing infections of the middle ear. Chronic means the infection just won’t heal or recurs regularly. You may experience drainage, hearing impairment, dizziness, pain, facial weakness, and ringing or roaring in the ears as a result.
If a medical suction and cleansing of the ear and ear drops, creams, and antibiotics fail to resolve the ear infections, you may be a candidate for surgery. In some cases, tubes are placed in the ears — usually in children — to facilitate better ear drainage from the middle ear. Children have smaller and more horizontal eustachian tubes, which get clogged more easily than adults’. When fluid sits, it’s more likely to attract infection.
In cases in which the infection has spread to the bones and tissues of the ear area, some parts may need to be repaired or replaced. In severe cases, the entire eardrum will need to be replaced. Rarely, an infection can progress to the bone located behind the ear. Dr. Baker will need to perform surgery to clean out this infection.
If you have ear pain or symptoms of ear disease, call the office of Terry Baker, MD, for diagnosis and to find relief.