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There are various problems that can occur with the ear, whether it be from injury, infection, or a complication since birth. Our ear nose and throat doctors (also known as otolaryngologists) are board-certified and expertly trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat unique ear nose and throat (ENT) conditions; and they are trained to perform surgeries specific to the ear, nose and throat. Our physicians work closely with staff and audiologists to address a full spectrum of concerns relating to this interconnected part of your body. Services we provide regarding ear care include:

Ear infection and microscopic ear culture retrieval

Ear infections and chronic ear infections are seen often in our offices. Our team can take sample specimens or cultures of your ear to aid in analysis and diagnosis. This ensures that we identify the specific microorganisms causing the infection and determine the most effective course of treatment, such as prescribing the appropriate antibiotics.

 

Ear tubes (tympanostomy tubes) for chronic ear infections

Tympanostomy tubes, also known as ear tubes, are small tubes inserted into the eardrum to provide ventilation and drainage for the middle ear. This surgical procedure is commonly performed to address chronic ear infections, particularly in cases where fluid accumulates in the middle ear or there are recurrent ear infections. The team at Head & Neck Surgery of Kansas City performs ear tube procedures routinely for pediatrics and adult patients.

 

Dizziness and balance disorders

Ear, nose and throat doctors are trained in diagnosing and treating dizziness and balance disorders. CT scans, vestibular testing and medications are all a part of diagnosis and treatment, depending on the patient’s symptoms. For patients experiencing dizziness or balance issues, the board-certified physicians at Head & Neck Surgery of Kansas City create an individualized plan for each patient.

 

Cancers of the ear

Cancers of the ear are relatively rare but can occur in the outer ear canal, middle ear, inner ear or within the temporal bone. The board-certified physicians at Head & Neck Surgery of Kansas City can diagnose, treat, and remove cancers of the ear. Early detection and treatment improves outcomes for patients.

 

Meneire’s Disease

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance. It is characterized by a combination of symptoms, including vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus (a ringing or roaring sound in the ears), and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear. These symptoms can occur suddenly and may last for several hours or even days. The team at Head & Neck Surgery of Kansas City can help patients with Meneire’s Disease find relief through treatments including medication, targeted strategies for specific symptoms and/or hearing aids.

 

Microscopic earwax removal

Microscopic earwax removal is a procedure where healthcare professionals use a specialized tool, often an otoscope with a light and magnifying lens, to visually inspect the ear canal and remove earwax (cerumen). The use of a microscope or otoscope allows for a detailed and close-up view of the ear canal, ensuring precision during the removal process.

 

The removal of earwax is necessary when it becomes impacted or is excessive, causing symptoms such as hearing loss, earache, tinnitus, dizziness, or a feeling of fullness in the ear. Microscopic earwax removal is a common and safe method performed by our board-certified physicians and our team. For the procedure, we may use specialized tools such as vacuum suction or alligator forceps. The procedure is safe and easy and can provide relief to patients.

Thin tissue graft (paper patch application)

Paper patch application refers to a medical procedure known as myringoplasty or tympanoplasty, where a thin tissue graft, often made of paper or other materials, is used to repair a perforation or hole in the eardrum (tympanic membrane). The goal of this surgical procedure is to close the hole in the eardrum and restore hearing.

Perforated ear drum (tympanoplasty procedure)   

Tympanoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to repair a perforated or damaged eardrum (tympanic membrane). The eardrum is a thin membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear. Tympanoplasty aims to restore the integrity of the eardrum, improve hearing, and prevent recurrent ear infections.

 

Swimmer’s ear

Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is an infection that affects the outer ear canal. It typically occurs when water, bacteria, or other debris becomes trapped in the ear canal, creating a moist environment conducive to bacterial or fungal growth. Treatments may include preventative measures, such as custom ear plugs and/or medication.

 

Vertigo

Vertigo is a symptom rather than a condition itself, and it can be caused by various factors, including inner ear disorders, infections, or neurological issues. Our board-certified physicians work with patients to find the root causes and best treatments for vertigo. The specific plan will vary based on the diagnosis and symptoms.

 

If you have a concern or a condition of the ear of any kind, our team may be able to help. Contact us or schedule an appointment online.

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