Ear Disorders & Treatments
Houston Methodist’s ear specialists, including otologists and neurotologists, provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for every ear condition. Our goal is to empower you to choose the best nonsurgical or surgical treatment option for your specific condition and unique lifestyle needs.
Using the latest technology and with extensive clinical and surgical expertise, we deliver cutting-edge care for a range of ear disorders, including those associated with:
- Ear pain
- Balance problems
- Hearing loss
In addition, our board-certified audiologists provide comprehensive diagnostic audiology and vestibular evaluation services for people of all ages.
Dizziness and Imbalance
Balance disorders can cause dizziness and nausea.
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
- Vestibular migraine – a type of migraine characterized by sensitivity to motion
- Vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis) – an inner ear nerve disorder that causes balance issues
Hearing Loss & Hearing Disorders
Hearing loss 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 Loss & Hearing Disorders
Our experts not only evaluate your hearing loss or disorder using the latest technology available, they help you choose the treatment option that's right for you.
Nonsurgical treatment options for hearing disorders:
- Comprehensive hearing assessment
- Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation
- Facial nerve testing
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants
- Acoustic immittance measurements
- Cortical auditory evoked responses
- Otoacoustic emissions
- Tinnitus evaluation, management and treatment
If hearing aids are needed, our audiologists partner with the top hearing aid brands and manufacturers to help you choose the best device for your needs and lifestyle.
Our board-certified audiologists also offer custom ear technology and electrocochleography (ECochG), a noninvasive technique that measures the electrical potentials in the inner ear and auditory nerve.
Surgical treatment options for hearing disorders:
- 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 using lateral skull base surgery and other surgical techniques to treat:
- Acoustic neuroma
- Facial nerve tumors
- Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
- Glomus tumors (paragangliomas)
- Malignant tumors of the temporal bone
Our facial plastic surgery team provides state-of-the-art reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the ear, including:
- Cosmetic ear surgery
- Earlobe surgery