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Ear Care Services

When it comes to your auditory system, the professionals at Independence Ear, Nose, & Throat are well-versed in providing the diagnostic testing and solutions you need. Whether you’ve developed an ear infection or think you may have a ringing in your ears, we’ve got the ear care services you need.

Ear Infection

Ear infections occur when the space behind the ear canal becomes inflamed. The infection is usually caused by another illness, such as an allergy, which creates congestion and causes the nasal passages, throat and Eustachian tubes to swell. Sometimes ear infections clear up on their own. However, other times, ear infections can linger and require antibiotics to help clear the infection. 
 
Ear infections can occur within the inner, middle or outer parts of the ear. The most common ear infection is that of the inner ear. Symptoms of ear infections include:

  • Warmth of the ear
  • Pain in the ear
  • Itching in the ear
  • A fullness within the ear
  • Decreased ability to hear

A fever is not always present with ear infections. 

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Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa occurs when the outer ear canal becomes infected. This can occur when water remains in the ear canal, usually after swimming. The moist environment is a haven for bacteria and fungi to grow, which becomes painful for the ear. 
Common symptoms of swimmer’s ear include:

  • Pain in the ear
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Tenderness

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is described as a ringing, buzzing, whistling or another often high-pitched sound that can only be heard by the individual suffering from the condition. 
 
Tinnitus is more accurately defined as a symptom of another underlying health condition. Issues that can cause tinnitus include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Certain medications
  • Blood pressure disorders
  • Earwax buildup
  • Middle ear infection
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Osteosclerosis

Because there are so many different conditions that can cause tinnitus, treatment can be difficult, though not impossible. Often times, tinnitus can be remedied with hearing aids. Additional treatment solutions include:

  • Sound therapy
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Changing medications that may be ototoxic

 You will need to consult with a doctor to determine what could be causing your tinnitus, which will help them determine the best course of treatment.

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Vertigo

Vertigo is described as a sense of sudden spinning. The feeling can be internal or external and is often triggered by moving your head too quickly. However, some medical conditions can also trigger vertigo, including:

  • Migraines
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Inner ear infections
  • Vestibular neuronitis, an inflammation of the vestibular nerve, which helps control balance

Vertigo, especially when not caused by an underlying health condition, often improves and goes away after time. However, sometimes, vertigo requires specific treatment. Certain medications, such as antihistamines, can help in the very early stages of vertigo. 

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Ear Wax Removal

Cerumen, also known as earwax, is naturally produced by the glands in the ears to lubricate the ear canals and keep dust and debris from getting too far down in the ear canal.

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Diagnostic Audiologic Evaluation

If you have been referred for a diagnostic audiologic evaluation, it means that your hearing needs to be further examined. A diagnostic audiologic evaluation may be indicated for individuals who did not pass an initial hearing screening.

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