When to See an ENT for Audiology
Dr. Russell T. Snow is a certified Otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat), or ENT, and is trained in the medical treatment, diagnoses and surgery of problems with the ear, nose, larynx (voice box), and throat as well as the head and neck. Dr. Snow handles the medical side of hearing issues such as tumors, Meniere’s, and autoimmune diseases. When a hearing loss might have a treatable physical cause, like fused inner ear bones or perforated eardrum, it is best to receive and assessment and potential treatment from an ENT.
Common Audiology Issues
- Autoimmune Problems—Patients known to have an autoimmune disease need to first be evaluated for their hearing loss by an ENT.
- Balance—Any balance issues related to movement of the head requires medical evaluation.
- Otosclerosis (fused bones)—Hardening within the ear can be a sign of bone growth that is impeding or fusing the normal movement within the ear. This may be best handled through surgery.
- Dizziness—Unexplained bouts of dizziness that may or may not be related to head movement.
- Ear Pain—Any ear pain is a sign that a medical professional needs to be consulted.
- Head/Ear Trauma—In order to ensure that trauma to the ear is not correctible through surgery or other means an ENT should be seen.
- Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)—Often those with SSHL cannot be aided by traditional medical intervention and hearing aids will be needed, but before this step, those with SSHL need to be evaluated medically to rule out the existence of a serious medical condition or the possibility of treatment with steroids.
- Pediatric Hearing Problems—Children are more likely to experience medically treatable reasons for hearing loss—like ear infections, sinus, or allergy problems, and so should first be evaluated by an ENT before being referred to an audiologist.
Contact us for an evaluations of symptoms regarding the ear, hearing and other audiology-related issues. We can help to determine if a medical solution, or non-medical solution may be required.