Ventilation tubes generally remain in place for at least 6 months, but usually work their way out of the ear drums at some point between 1 and 2 years after insertion. The tube will generally remain in the ear canal until the next regular follow-up appointment, at which time the tube is removed. If tubes remains in place for 2 years or longer, we will usually recommend removal in the Operating Room.
No. While antibiotics have dramatically reduced the number of tonsillectomies in young children over the past 50 years, there are still plenty of patients who experience infections frequently enough to justify removal of the tonsils and adenoids. This has become much more common in older children, teens and young adults. Airway obstruction issues are another justiﬁcation for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Signs of airway obstruction include snoring, chronic mouth breathing, and chronic fatigue/ sleepiness.
I frequently experience pain in my forehead and/or mid-face. Does that mean I have a sinus condition?
A resounding yes, for two main reasons:
1. Comprehensiveness of Care: Because there are numerous causes of hearing loss, some of which requiring various types of additional evaluation and/or management, it is of great benefit to be evaluated by both an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor as well as a skilled audiologist. In addition, having Otolaryngologists on premises provides the added benefit of having the skilled professionals available to take care of associated or unrelated ear problems that may arise, primarily in the form of ear wax buildup, but also taking the form of ear canal infections or even the occasional foreign material in the ear canal.
2. Trust: Because we are primarily a medical/surgical practice with deep roots to the community over the past 25 years, it is particulary important for the professionals in every aspect of the practice to conduct his/her business at all times in the manner that protects the reputation of the practice. In other words, it is always in the best interest of the practice to recommend that which is in the best interest of each patient.
No. The day to day hearing demands of each individual, along with the type and severity of his/her hearing loss, determine the projected benefit for that patient if he/she were to pursue aiding. The greater the benefit in daily functioning and overall quality of life, the more the answer to this question becomes a “yes”.
The most important role of our team of professionals is to properly and accurately counsel our patients on what their likely hearing benefits are (so that accurate expectations are established), while recommending the optimal aiding device that meets the needs of the individual while also paying close attention to any financial constraints that may exist.