Ear & Hearing


Our ENT physicians and audiologists are experts in the treatment of ear problems. Our Audiology staff are doctoral level audiologists who provide comprehensive hearing loss services, including hearing assessments, diagnosis, and treatment. The ENT physicians and audiologists collaborate in patient care to provide convenient, comprehensive care in one appointment. We are known for the compassionate care we provide by always going the extra mile for our patients.

Our Audiologists are experts at providing non-surgical means to treat and protect your hearing.

Hearing Aids
Although hearing aids do not restore hearing back to normal, they do help with the quality of sound and increase understanding. With improved cosmetics and more advanced technology, we can now provide a clearer sound and better comprehension in noise. We offer digital hearing aids from a variety of manufacturers in both behind-the-ear and in-the-ear models.

Tinnitus can’t be cured, however, there are treatment options that make it less of a distraction. The approach to be taken depends on the underlying condition responsible for the ringing in your ears. For individuals with hearing loss as the underlying condition, hearing aids are the best treatment plan. Counseling, relaxation methods, and noise suppression therapy can help you manage your tinnitus symptoms by reducing the stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness that are often associated with tinnitus.

The physicians at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center have undergone advanced training to perform safe, effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care to help you improve your quality of life. High-tech and minimally invasive procedures include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ear Tubes
Ear tubes are often recommended when a person experiences repeated middle ear infection (acute otitis media) or has hearing loss caused by the persistent presence of middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion) that has not been resolved with antibiotics. Ear tubes are inserted through an outpatient surgical procedure called a myringotomy, which refers to an incision (small hole) in the ear drum or tympanic membrane. An ear tube is placed in the hole to keep it open and allow air to reach the middle ear space (ventilation).

There are a variety of surgical techniques to treat a tympanic membrane perforation, but all basically place tissue across the perforation allowing healing. The benefits of closing a perforation include prevention of water entering the ear while showering, bathing, or swimming (which could cause ear infection), improved hearing, diminished tinnitus, and it may prevent the development of a cholesteatoma (skin cyst in the middle ear).

Otosclerosis is a disease specific to the stapes (the smallest middle ear bone, or ossicle) that limits its ability to move. A stapedectomy is an operation to remove (or bypass) the stapes bone and replace the stapes with a prosthetic. The goal of the procedure is to restore normal mobility to the ossicular chain (middle ear bones).

For an appointment call (847) 685-1000.

To learn more about our Audiology Services, visit our Sound Hearing Solution Website

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