Hearing Services in Savannah, Georgia
Coastal ENT Hearing Center opened in January, 2017 in conjunction with Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat and Dr. David Oliver. The hearing center was created to address the needs of our patients with hearing loss, whether is it a hearing aid or a surgical referral. At Coastal ENT Hearing Center, we understand the physical and emotional issues that accompany hearing loss and offer a comprehensive approach to treating our patients based on their unique needs.
Trust our audiology expert to provide true “Hearing Health Care” not just a hearing aid. Our desire is for our patients to LOVE their hearing aids.
Conditions and Services
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus causes an individual to hear a sound without the actual presence of an external source of the sound. Many with tinnitus report hearing sounds such as ringing, clicking, buzzing, hissing, or roaring at various pitches and frequencies.
The severity of tinnitus is determined by how loud the sounds are, and whether or not they are interfering with your ability to hear or perform daily functions. Typically, an individual will notice that their symptoms worsen at night, which is due to a lack of other external sounds to detract from the continuous sounds created by the tinnitus.
Potential Causes of Tinnitus
There are millions of people who will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives. There are many possible causes for a patient’s tinnitus, including:
- Ear and sinus infections
- Gradual hearing loss with age
- Hearing trauma caused by exposure to loud noises
- Meniere’s disease
- A condition of the thyroid, heart, or blood vessels
- Female hormone changes
- Tumors of the brain
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom associated with another underlying condition. If a patient’s tinnitus can be directly linked to another cause, then it is known as secondary tinnitus. On the other hand, if no cause can be identified apart from hearing loss, then the individual is determined to have primary tinnitus, which is the most common form.
As a case of tinnitus is being investigated, the patient will often undergo a series of tests to determine if their tinnitus symptoms are related to another condition such as a sinus infection. An audiogram is usually performed to measure the individual’s current hearing abilities, and additional scans may be necessary if the tinnitus is believed to be linked to a neurological condition like a brain tumor.
Treatment for Tinnitus
Most people that experience tinnitus symptoms will begin to naturally feel relief within 6 months as the underlying condition corrects itself. However, if a patient’s tinnitus persists and becomes increasingly difficult to live with, it is advised to seek care from an ENT specialist or otolaryngologist in order to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
To schedule a consultation with an ENT specialist of Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat to speak with them about your tinnitus or other ENT condition, please call our Savannah, GA office today.
Many causes of dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders can be attributed to issues with the inner ear. Symptoms of dizziness and vertigo can include: nausea, headaches, abnormal eye movements, and imbalance. After consulting with one of our ENT Specialists, we will create a treatment plan either through our ENT, Hearing Center, or Fyzical Balance Center – depending on your needs.
Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common type of ear infection where fluid builds up behind the eardrum. This can cause a painful earache.
Some of the symptoms of an ear infection are:
- Ear pain
- Hearing problems
- Fever of 100.4°F or higher
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ear discharge
When an ear infection does not completely heal or a patient has repeated ear infections, they may develop chronic ear infections which can result in complications if left untreated. Our ENT Specialists offer a variety of medical and surgical treatments for recurrent ear infections.
The surgical placement of ear tubes is the most common childhood surgery performed, with the average age range from one to three years old. This procedure can also be used with adults.
Chronic ear infections (acute otitis media) of the middle ear or the persistent presence of fluid in the middle ear (otitis media with effusion) can lead to other conditions such as:
- hearing loss
- balance problems
- behavioral or speech problems
To help alleviate these problems, an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat surgeon) may recommend the insertion of ear tubes.
Less common conditions that can call for ear tubes include:
- anatomical malformations of the ear drum or Eustachian tube
- Down Syndrome
- cleft palate
- injuries to the middle ear resulting from air pressure reductions sometimes caused by altitude changes and scuba diving
A tympanostomy is an outpatient surgical procedure to place ear tubes (myringotomy tubes) through the eardrums. These small cylinders are fabricated from plastic, metal, or Teflon and are inserted though a small incision in the eardrum under general anesthesia to ventilate and provide pressure equalization to the middle ear. Where fluid is present it is suctioned out. Frequently a surgical microscope or laser will be used to perform the surgery.
Typically a procedure will last less than 15 minutes. Occasionally, the otolaryngologist may also recommend the removal of the adenoids that are located behind the nose at the same time ear tube surgery is being performed. This is often considered when it is necessary to repeat tube insertions. Research supports that the removal of the adenoids together with placement of the ear tubes can reduce the risk of recurrent ear infections and the need for repeat surgery.
Depending upon a child’s need, short term tubes or longer-term tubes can be used.
- Short-term tubes. Are smaller and can remain in place for six to twelve months.
- Long-term tubes. Are larger and remain in place for a longer duration.
While the tubes can fall out on their own, removal by an otolaryngologist during an office visit is sometimes necessary.
An eardrum perforation is also known as a ruptured eardrum. It is a hole or tear in the tissue that separates your ear canal from your middle ear. Some symptoms of a ruptured eardrum may include:
- Ear pain
- Clear, pus-filled or bloody drainage from your ear
- Hearing loss
- Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ear)
- Vertigo (Spinning Sensation)
- Nausea or vomiting
A ruptured eardrum may increase your risk of infection, and sometimes requires a procedure or surgical repair.
Our specialists are trained to diagnose and treat melanoma and other skin cancers in the face, ear, and neck regions. We offer a wide range of treatments to meet your needs with compassion and empathy.
Our board certified Otolaryngologists utilize the latest technology to treat a wide variety of hearing issues. If they find your hearing loss cannot be improved by medical or surgical treatment, they may refer you to our audiologist to pursue alternative options such as hearing aids.