Ear infections are most common in children, but can occur in anyone. Usually, ear infections can be treated using antibiotics. In more severe or prolonged cases, you may be referred to an ENT consultant for further treatment.
Ear Drum Perforation
A perforated eardrum can severely affect your hearing depending on the size of the perforation. A small perforation may only cause a slight loss of hearing, whereas a large perforation is likely to cause greater hearing loss.
The hearing loss experienced from a perforated ear drum is only temporary. Hearing will return once your eardrum has healed.
As well as hearing loss, a perforated eardrum may cause the following symptoms:
Earache or discomfort
A discharge of mucus from your ear
Ringing or buzzing in your ear (tinnitus)
Ear Noises (Tinnitus)
Tinnitus is the sound of ringing in the ears. It may also described as roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking inside the head. The sounds may come and go. Or they may be ongoing. The sound may occur in one or both ears, and vary in pitch.
Ear Wax (Blockage, Removal)
Earwax blockage occurs when earwax (cerumen) accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally.
Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your body’s defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.
If earwax blockage becomes a problem, you or your doctor can take simple steps to remove the wax safely.
Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids
Hearing loss is a common problem that can develop with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises.
While hearing loss can occur suddenly, it usually develops gradually over repeated exposure. General signs of hearing loss can include:
Difficulty hearing other people clearly and misunderstanding what they say
Asking people to repeat themselves
Listening to music or watching television with the volume turned up high
In general, there are three types of hearing loss. They are conductive, sensorineural or a mixed hearing loss (a combination of both).
Dizziness, Vertigo and Balance Disorders
Swimmers Ear (Exostoses)
Exostoses are bone growths within the ear canal as seen in the diagram. It is often called Swimmers or Surfer’s Ear due to the cause of exposure to cold water and air. Exostoses grow slowly over years, are multiple and constrict the ear canal, sometimes completely.
Dr Shashi Singh also treats Pediatric ENT problems both medically (without surgery) and surgically. With a commitment to treating not just the child who is the patient, but including the whole family in the decisions on our treatment of that child. Physicians and families are partners in making the correct decision to meet each child’s needs.