Ear and Hearing Loss

Children listening to their teacher

If you experience difficulty with hearing loss or ear infections, an ENT specialist can diagnose and evaluate you for these conditions. For infants and children, ENT doctors provide medical and surgical treatment of congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and middle ear problems to help parents choose the best treatment for their child.

Hearing loss and common ear conditions

Hearing loss is one of the most common ear problems that cause patients to seek care from an ENT specialist. There are three main types of hearing loss: conductive (buildup of material in the ear), sensorineural (damage to nerves inside the inner ear), and mixed.

Services

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be customized to your hearing needs and lifestyle with the goal to make your hearing sharper and last longer. ARC offers a 30-day trial period with unlimited visits to help ensure a proper fit.

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Ear Surgery

Ear Surgery

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, can correct deformities and improve the shape, position, and proportion of the ear.

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Placement of Ear Tubes

Placement of Ear Tubes

Ear tubes are used to help drain the ear of fluids behind the eardrum and is usually made of metal or plastic.

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Mastoidectomy

Mastoidectomy

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells from the part of your skull located behind your ear.

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Dizziness/Vertigo Evaluation

Dizziness/Vertigo Evaluation

Our ENT doctors can evaluate ear and hearing loss patients for vertigo, the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning.

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Conditions

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Older adults are the largest group affected by hearing loss. Things that lead to hearing loss include age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), exposure to loud noise, and hereditary causes.

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Balance Disorders

Balance Disorders

A balance disorder can make you feel unsteady or dizzy. This disorder can make you feel as if you are moving, spinning, or floating when you are standing, sitting, or lying down.

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Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) causes a sudden sensation that you're spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning. BPPV also causes short instances of mild to intense dizziness.

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Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis usually causes hearing loss, dizziness, and a spinning sensation triggered by an infection, such as a cold or flu.

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Meniere's Disease

Meniere's Disease

Meniere's Disease is caused by a buildup of fluid in the chambers in the inner ear. It causes vertigo, nausea, vomiting, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, headache, loss of balance, and sweating.

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Vestibular Neuritis

Vestibular Neuritis

Vestibular neuritis is a condition that causes vertigo and dizziness. It is caused by inflammation of the vestibular nerve, a nerve in the ear that sends information about balance to your brain.

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Cholesteatoma

Cholesteatoma

A cholesteatoma is an abnormal collection of skin cells deep inside your ear. Left untreated, they can damage the delicate structures inside your ear that are essential for hearing and balance or cause an ear infection.

Middle Ear Infections

Middle Ear Infections

Middle ear infections are infections behind your eardrum. This kind of ear infection can happen after any condition that keeps fluid from draining from the middle ear.

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Outer Ear Infections

Outer Ear Infections

An outer ear infection, or swimmer's ear, is a redness or swelling (inflammation), irritation, or infection of your outer ear canal.

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Ear Ringing (Tinnitus)

Ear Ringing (Tinnitus)

Tinnitus is the sound of ringing in the ears. It may also be described as a roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking sound inside the head. The sounds may come and go.

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Ear Pain

Ear Pain

Pain in the inner or outer ear may interfere with your ability to hear. This is often caused by excess fluid or an infection.

Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer's ear is a painful condition that often happens to children. But it can happen to swimmers of all ages. It doesn't spread from person to person.

Otitis Media

Otitis Media

A middle ear infection occurs behind the eardrum. It is often caused by a virus or bacteria.

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Perforated Eardrum

Perforated Eardrum

A perforated eardrum may be caused by many loud sounds, a foreign object in the ear, head trauma, or a middle ear infection.

Ear Drum Perforations

Ear Drum Perforations

A perforated or burst eardrum is a hole in the eardrum.

Locations & Providers

  • ARC Round Rock
    • Kent Jones, MD
      Kent Jones, MD
      Kent Jones, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Palak B Patel, MD
      Palak Patel, MD
      Palak B Patel, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

  • ARC Medical Plaza Specialty
    • Achal R. Dhruva, MD
      Achal Dhruva, MD
      Achal R. Dhruva, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Kelsey J. Heath, APRN, MSN, FNP-C
      Kelsey  Heath, APRN, MSN, FNP-C
      Kelsey J. Heath, APRN, MSN, FNP-C
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing Loss
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

  • ARC Kyle Plum Creek
    • Gustavo A. Diaz-Reyes, MD, FACS
      Gustavo Diaz-Reyes, MD, FACS
      Gustavo A. Diaz-Reyes, MD, FACS
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

  • ARC Far West Medical Tower
    • Kent Jones, MD
      Kent Jones, MD
      Kent Jones, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • Joseph M. Leary, MD
      Joseph Leary, MD
      Joseph M. Leary, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Matthew M. Meigs, MD
      Matthew Meigs, MD
      Matthew M. Meigs, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.6

      Accepting new patients

    • Amanda M. Ammerman, PA-C
      Amanda Ammerman, PA-C
      Amanda M. Ammerman, PA-C
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

  • ARC South 1st Specialty and Pediatrics
    • Jeremy "Scott" Sebastian, MD
      Jeremy Sebastian, MD
      Jeremy "Scott" Sebastian, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

    • Brian D. Watabe, PA
      Brian Watabe, PA
      Brian D. Watabe, PA
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and Larynx
      4.8

      Accepting new patients

    • John "Caleb" Simmons, MD
      John Simmons, MD
      John "Caleb" Simmons, MD
      Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Ear and Hearing LossThyroid and ParathyroidNose and SinusSleep ApneaThroat and LarynxHead and Neck Cancer
      4.7

      Accepting new patients

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