Columbia Surgical Specialists

Ear & Hearing

We treat a variety of ear and hearing conditions for all ages

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Hearing Loss

Hearing is essential for our overall health. Hearing loss has been attributed to feelings of isolation, depression, fatigue, stress, social rejection, low self-esteem, anger, tension, stress, irritability, withdrawal from social situations, reduced alertness, impaired memory and reduced quality of life.

Ear Infections & Earache

Acute otitis media, more commonly referred to as an ear infection, is a bacterial or viral infection of the middle ear. The middle ear is the hollow space behind the eardrum; it contains three small bones that are instrumental in moving sound wave vibrations from the outer to the inner ear. Bacterial and viral infections lead to inflammation and fluid buildup, which is what causes an earache.

Dizziness & Vertigo

Dizziness is one of the leading health complaints in the United States, affecting an estimated nine million people annually. For those over the age of 70, it’s the top reason for a visit to the doctor’s office – not surprising, given the prevalence of falls in the elderly population.

Choosing a Hearing Aid

Once you’ve seen an audiologist and been tested for hearing loss, your doctor may decide you could benefit from hearing aids. There are a wide variety of hearing aid manufacturers and types of hearing aids available, which may make the process of choosing a hearing aid seem overwhelming. That’s why our specialists are available to help you.

Hearing Aid Styles

Although there are many types of hearing aids, the four major styles are completely-in-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE). You and your audiologist can discuss which style is best for you in terms of appearance and functionality.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

We work with the following manufacturers to provide you with a custom, first-rate solution for your hearing loss: Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Widex, Cochlear, Earlens, Lyric, and Westone.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is described as an irritating buzzing, humming or ringing in the ears. What many don’t realize is that it is usually a symptom of a greater problem rather than a disease itself. The first step in treating tinnitus is to diagnose the underlying issue.

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