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Types of Ear Doctors

 
A ear doctor who specializes in problems of the ear normally called an ENT or an Otolaryngologist .

If the doctor has additional training in the medical and surgical management of dizziness,hearing loss, and tumors of the ear they may be called an ear doctor or Otologist. If the doctor has additional training in diagnosing and treating nasal related disorders, then they might be called an Otorhynolaryngologist .

It's important to be examined by at least one of these medical professionals when dealing with a hearing loss, since there are many conditions which may be related to hearing loss that might require medical attention, rather than just a hearing aid. Some of these conditions can be life threatening. Some can be treated. If you have a hearing loss ... and haven't seen one of these medical professionals, you should make an appointment soon.

When To Call a Ear Doctor

Call your health professional or ear doctor immediately if:
  • Your child has a severe injury to the ear.
  • Your child has sudden hearing loss, severe pain, drainage from the ear, or dizziness.
  • Your child seems to be very sick with symptoms such as a high fever and stiff neck.
  • You notice redness, swelling, or pain behind or around your child's ear, especially if your child does not move the muscles on that side of his or her face.
Call your health professional or ear doctor if:
  • You can't quiet your child who has a severe earache with home treatment over several hours.
  • Your baby pulls or rubs his or her ear and appears to be in pain (crying, screaming).
  • Your child's ear pain increases even with treatment.
  • Your child has a fever over 102 F with other signs of ear infection.
  • You suspect that your child's eardrum has burst, or fluid that looks like pus or blood is draining from the ear.
  • Your child has an object stuck in his or her ear.
The ear is a complex structure that consists of three sections: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. A tiny tube, called the eustachian tube, connects the middle ear to the back of the throat and nose. This is the tube that we open by yawning or swallowing. So if you have some problem contact to Our ear doctor.
Ear infection
Most parents are familiar with ear infections and they are usually the most common reason for a visit to the ear doctor. Chances are, that by the time a child reaches the age of 6 they will have suffered an ear infection of some form. Most ear infections get better without any treatment, but if you are in doubt of the severity of the problem you should always contact your ear doctor. Inflammation of the ear is called ‘otitis'. Otitis ear infection occurs when bacteria or a virus invade the external, middle or inner part of the ear. There are 2 common types of ear infections, otitis media and otitis externa.
Ear Infections in Children
The average child consumes an astounding three month's worth of antibiotics of otitis media (ear infections) in the first two years of life. The treatment of otitis media is having a huge effect on both our environment and on each child who receives more than 30 million courses of antibiotics given for ear infections every year.
The overall incidence of resistant bacteria is skyrocketing, particularly in children who have been previously treated.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a way to cut the incidence of antibiotic use for otitis media?
Over-diagnosed condition
The first way is for ear doctor to be more accurate in diagnosis. Acute otitis media is over-diagnosed in 40 to 80 percent of patients. Why? It is tempting for the office or emergency room physician to have an easy answer for a fussy child with an exhausted parent. If a crying child with a respiratory infection has a low-grade fever, he or she will almost invariably have some abnormality in the examination of the eardrum, due to either the crying itself, or some middle ear fluid, neither of which is actually an ear infection.
Tympanometry can be a useful help in diagnosing an ear infection. Your pediatrician might have a tympanometer in the office. It painlessly uses air pressure to distinguish a normal ear from a fluid-filled ear and from an acute infection.
Cause and Prevention
  • Otitis media is a disease of infancy. Children will have fewer problems after three years old.
  • Breast-feeding works. It reduces the number of ear infections in infants.
  • Daycare multiplies exposure to respiratory bugs. Children in large daycare programs will have more infections than children in small groups.
  • Secondary smoke in the home causes irritation of the respiratory tract in household contacts. Children exposed to smoke have more episodes of otitits media than children not exposed.
  • Antibiotics are not needed for middle ear fluid if there is no infection. Fluid persists in the middle ear for weeks or months after acute otitits media. This is expected and is not helped by more antibiotic.
  • Underlying allergies can lead to recurrent ear infections. Your doctor might recommend removing the offending allergen or trying an anti-allergy medication.
  • There is a correlation between pacifier use and incidence of ear infections. Avoid the use of a pacifier, prolonged sucking on a bottle, or even a sippy-cup. Always have the child sit upright when drinking rather than lying down.

So visit to Doctor4care for any kind of ear related problem did you have, and consult to our specialists.

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