Human ears are complex structures. They deliver sounds, track motion, and maintain balance. When the ears are affected by an infection, an eardrum rupture, an injury, earwax blockage, or a malfunctioning nerve, challenging symptoms appear, including hearing loss, lack of balance, dizziness, or pain.

Balance testing:

We take balance for granted – until problems arise. The inner ear contains a structure that maintains balance. At Orlando ENT Associates, we perform balance testing to identify the cause of the problem. The videonystagmography (VNG) test is the gold-standard test for balance issues, identifying vestibular nerve problems. “Vestibular” refers to the nerve and other natural structures that send information about body motion and balance to the brain. 

Ear tubes:

Children and adults can suffer from chronic ear infections. “Ear tubes” can be surgically implanted to resolve chronic ear infections by allowing ear drainage. If left untreated, the chronic ear infections may no longer respond to prescribed medications, cause ongoing pain, and may eventually lead to hearing loss due to the eardrum breaking to release fluid.

Surgical treatment of chronic ear infections:

Chronic ear infections are a painful problem. To treat this condition, our ENTs at Orlando ENT Associates can perform a surgery to resolve the problem for good.

Repair of eardrum perforation:

The eardrums can be punctured due to infections or trauma. The injury may heal on their own, but in some cases, a graft may be placed to repair the hold in the eardrum.

Ear hygiene, earwax removal:

Over time, an overproduction of earwax can impact hearing. We can perform ear cleaning and wax removal for patients suffering this condition.

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Why choose Orlando ENT Associates?

At Orlando ENT Associates, we are committed to serving the community with advanced treatments for ear-related conditions and illnesses. We are equipped with advanced diagnostic testing, and our board-certified ear, nose, and throat surgeons treat ear conditions to improve health and quality of life. Our in-house, board-certified audiologists can assess and treat hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing-related conditions. Our hearing specialists can custom-fit hearing aids to enhance hearing for the individual.

Ear conditions

Our ear specialists treat a wide range of ear conditions, including:

  • Hearing loss in children and adults
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Skin growths affecting hearing (cholesteatoma)
  • Ear canal stenosis
  • Ear dermatitis or eczema
  • Foreign objects lodged in ears
  • Malformed ears
  • Ear pain
  • Fluid buildup in inner ear
  • Ear discharge
  • Otosclerosis (abnormal bone growth in ear structure)
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Tinnitus
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How does the ear work?

Outer ear structure

Ears capture sounds waves. The shape of the ear works to amplify the sound. The sound contacts the eardrum, causing it to vibrate. The eardrum is well-named, as the membrane works in a manner very similar to a drum.

Inner ear structure

The sound then moves to the inner ear, located behind the eardrum, where it is further amplified by three small bones which vibrate. The vibrations of these bones trigger pressure waves in the cochlea, a fluid-filled structure of the inner ear.

The cochlea

The cochlea contains a tiny organ that transforms the sound waves into electrical energy with specialized cells, called “hair cells.” The cells send electrical impulses to the brain through a complex set of nerve fibers. The brain interprets these signals as “sound.” It all happens in just .05 seconds.

Orlando ENT Associates for ear trauma, infections, and conditions

The ear is an incredible structure but can be damaged by trauma, infections, or age. When any portion of the ear is damaged, hearing loss can occur. An ear, nose, and throat doctor, or otolaryngologist, performs a set of specific tests to identify the problem and plan and perform the correct treatment. At Orlando ENT Associates, we are dedicated to helping our patients treat ear illnesses, disorders, and conditions with the most advanced, least invasive treatments available.

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Why choose us?Orlando ENT Associates, ear specialists who care.

Every member of our team, from our ear, nose, and throat specialists to our audiologists, support staff, and administrative staff, is committed to improving quality of life. We stay abreast of the latest advances in ear treatments of all types. You can expect compassionate, professional care at our Orlando and Oviedo offices. Our ENTs are widely known as being among the kindest, most experienced ear, nose, and throat specialists in the region. If you are suffering from any ear problem, we invite you to discover ENT specialists in Orlando, where every patient is treated with care, compassion, and the least invasive treatment.

With 3 convenient locations across the Orlando area, we’re never far away.

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