Hearing Ear Disorders

What is the eustachian tube?

The eustachian tube is a narrow channel which connects the middle ear with the nasopharynx (the upper throat area just above the palate and behind the nose). The eustachian tube is approximately 1-½ inches in...

What are Skull Base Tumors?

The term "skull base tumors" refers to a group of tumors that have a tendency to grow along different regions of the bottom part of the skull, mostly on the inside but occasionally also on the outside of the skull...

Bell's Palsy

The most common condition resulting in facial nerve weakness or paralysis is Bell's Palsy, named after Sir Charles Bell who first described the condition. The underlying cause of Bell's Palsy is not known, but it is speculated...

What is Meniere's disease?

Prosper Meniere was a French Physician who described a new disease process in the mid-1800’s. The disease he identified consisted of four symptoms: attacks of vertigo, ear fullness or pressure, low-pitch tinnitus (...

What is a cholesteatoma?

Cholesteatoma is defined as a cyst located in the middle ear. Cholesteatoma can be a congenital defect, but it more commonly occurs as a complication of chronic ear infections. Long-term swelling and dysfunction of...

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an abnormal perception of sound which is reported by patients and unrelated to an external source of sound stimulation. Tinnitus is a very common disorder.

It may be intermittent, constant, or fluctuant,...

Otitis Externa

Otitis Externa refers to an infection of the ear canal. The most common symptom of otitis externa is pain in the affected ear. Other symptoms can include hearing loss, pressure in the ear, drainage from the ear, and itching...

This is one of many tests that may be recommended for the evaluation of dizziness, balance problems, hearing loss, ear pressure and/or tinnitus (ear noise). The ABR determines how...

About Acoustic Neuromas

The diagnosis of an acoustic neuroma, also known as a Vestibular Schwannoma,usually is suggested by the presence of hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and sometimes dizziness. Sometimes they cause subtle symptoms, such...

What is otosclerosis?

Otosclerosis is defined as abnormal bone growth in the ear, eventually resulting in hearing loss. It can be an inherited disorder, resulting in abnormal hardening of bone in the middle ear and sometimes inner ear. In the...

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