Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor in McKinney, TX
Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute offers a full array of ear services. This includes hearing tests, such as comprehensive audiogram, and laboratory evaluation of dizziness and imbalance, including videonystagmography (VNG) and rotational chair testing. Whether you have dizziness, imbalance, hearing loss, tinnitus, swimmers ear, or other common ENT problems, our team of physicians and audiologists will work with you to achieve your goals. You can read more about our services by reading this section of our website.
- Ear Infection
- Hearing Loss
- SWIMMERS EAR
- NOISE AND HEARING PROTECTION
- PERFORATED EAR DRUM
- EAR ACHES
- Auditory Processing Evaluations
The inner ear serves two purposes: hearing and balance. There are mechanisms in the ear that inform the brain about your position, orientation in space and movement and all times — to keep you in balance. A false sensation of spinning or whirling, known as vertigo, can occur when the signal to the brain is blocked or misfires.
The ear is made up of three sections: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. Each of these areas is susceptible to infections, which can be painful. Young children have a greater tendency to get earaches. While most ear pain resolves itself in a matter of days, you should get a physical examination to understand the type of infection, prevent it from spreading and obtain treatment to help alleviate the pain.
Hearing loss has a lot of different causes and manifestations. It can be sudden or gradual. It can occur in one ear or both ears. It can be temporary or permanent. It happens to people of all ages and is associated with the aging process. Before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss, it is important to understand how hearing works.
Ringing or buzzing noise in one or both ears that may be constant or come and go, often associated with hearing loss.
Swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear canal that runs from the eardrum to the outside of the head. It's often caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming. This creates a moist environment that helps bacteria or fungi grow.
Conductive hearing loss results when there is any problem in delivering sound energy to your cochlea, the hearing part in the inner ear. Common reasons for conductive hearing loss include blockage of your ear canal, a hole in your eardrum, problems with three small bones in your ear, or fluid in the space between your eardrum and cochlea. Fortunately, most cases of conductive hearing loss can be improved.
A hole or rupture in the eardrum, a thin membrane that separates the ear canal and the middle ear, is called a perforated eardrum. The medical term for eardrum is tympanic membrane. The middle ear is connected to the nose by the eustachian tube, which equalizes pressure in the middle ear.
A highly debilitating hearing disorder characterized by an increased sensitivity to certain frequencies and volume ranges of sound (a collapsed tolerance to usual environmental sound).
Pain in the inner or outer ear that may interfere with the ability to hear, often caused by excess fluid and infection.