Ear Disorders

 

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Houston Methodist’s ear specialists (also called otologists or neurotologists) provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for every ear condition. Our goal is to empower patients to choose the best nonsurgical or surgical treatment option for his or her hearing or balance problem.

Using the latest technology and with extensive clinical and surgical expertise, our doctors deliver cutting-edge care for a range of ear disorders, including ear pain, dizziness and balance problems, hearing loss, and tumors of the ear. Our team will work to customize a treatment plan for each patient based on his or her individual needs and specific condition.

Dizziness and Imbalance

Balance disorders can make an individual feel unsteady and dizzy. Our experts use the latest and most reliable tests for identifying balance disorders including, electronystagmography (ENG) or videonystagmography (VNG), rotary chair testing, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) testing and electroneuronography (ENoG).

Balance Disorders We Treat

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – the most common inner ear problem, which causes a false sense of spinning or feeling off balance (also called vertigo)
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome – an opening in a bone of the inner ear that can affect a person’s balance
  • Ménière’s disease – one of the most common inner ear problems that causes dizziness (also called idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops)
  • Vestibular hypofunction – loss of balance caused by damage to either the inner ear or balance nerve

Hearing Disorders

Loss of hearing can affect your ability to communicate and dramatically affect your quality of life.

Hearing Disorders We Treat

  • Aural atresia – a common congenital condition in which the ear canal does not develop normally Cholesteatoma – abnormal skin growth or cyst behind the eardrum
  • Conductive hearing loss – abnormal hearing resulting from sounds not passing through outer and middle ear Otosclerosis – abnormal bone growth in the middle ear<
  • Ruptured eardrum – also called tympanic membrane perforation Sensorineural hearing loss – the most common type of permanent hearing loss caused by inner ear damage
  • Swimmer’s ear – pain in the outer ear caused by infection, inflammation or irritation Tinnitus – often referred to as ‘ringing in the ears,’ this is the perception of a sound that doesn’t exist

Treatment Options for Hearing Disorders

Non-surgical treatment options for hearing disorders include:

  • Comprehensive hearing assessment
  • Hearing aids

 

Surgical treatment options for hearing disorders include:

  • Stapedectomy
  • Tympanoplasty (eardrum repair)
  • Cholesteatoma surgery
  • Mastoid surgery/chronic ear drainage
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bone conduction hearing aids

Tumors of Ear

Ear tumors are rare and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Our surgeons have expertise treating: 

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Facial nerve tumors
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
  • Glomus tumors (paragangliomas)
  • Malignant tumors of the temporal bone

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Ear

Our facial plastic surgery team provides state-of-the-art reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the ear, including:

  • Cosmetic ear surgery
  • Earlobe surgery

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