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Ear problems can be painful and bothersome. Sometimes, different parts of the ear are affected. Sometimes, the difficulty starts in just one part of the ear. Sometimes, medications can solve the problem, and sometimes medicine isn't the answer.
No matter the problem, MetroHealth doctors can help. Our ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors are extensively trained in evaluating and treating medical and surgical problems related to the ear.
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Common infections include:
Ear tubes may be one treatment option for persistent ear infections. Learn more about ear tubes.
Tinnitus is another word for "ringing in the ears," but some people hear other noises, including hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking. Common sources of tinnitus could be:
Tinnitus is the most common side effect of hearing loss, but it can also be a sign of other medical conditions. Your doctor will help you understand how lifestyle choices, such as drinking too much alcohol, spending time in noisy places or smoking could contribute to tinnitus. Many times, the source of tinnitus is unknown. Sometimes tinnitus just happens.
If you have tinnitus, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and give you a physical exam. Your doctor may refer you for tests, including a hearing evaluation or x-rays. Your MetroHealth ENT doctor may refer you to other specialists.
Most people find that tinnitus often decreases or goes away with time. Sometimes, acknowledging the tinnitus and redirecting your attention to something else will lessen the ringing. Hearing aids often help tinnitus if you have hearing loss.
Several systems control our balance, including:
All of them work together to help a person feel stable. Any problem that impacts one of these systems can cause a feeling of imbalance.
Special testing can help your doctor determine if your dizziness is related to your ear. Our doctors may also order special x-rays to determine if something structural is causing the dizziness.
With a proper diagnosis, your doctor can work on a solution for your dizziness. Your treatment plan may involve vestibular rehabilitation: a specialized physical therapy. If your dizziness is not caused by an ear problem, your ENT doctor can refer you to a different specialist who can help.