The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas are pleased to offer our patients a full range of in-house diagnostic hearing evaluations that are tailored to each individuals need. We are equipped to test everyone from infants to geriatric patients.
Our Hearing Center offers hearing tests for all ages at our offices in McKinney, Plano, and Allen, TX.
- Behavior Observational Audiometry (BOA)
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
- Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)
Ear Wax (Cerumen)
Ear Wax is produced by glands in the ear canal, and typically comes out of the ear on its own. The purpose of ear wax is to help trap debris in the ear canal before it reaches the eardrum. Therefore, some ear wax is a good thing! However, when an ear produces too much ear wax, it can harden in the ear canal and cause a blockage (impaction). The use of Q-tips and hearing aids can also cause an impaction by pushing the ear wax further into the ear canal.
Signs of Ear Wax Impaction
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in addition to liquid and/or a bloody discharge from your ear, contact your doctor immediately before trying any over-the-counter remedies.
- Decreased hearing in the affected ear
- Ringing in the ear
- A “full” or “plugged” feeling in the ear
- Pain in the ear
Ear Wax Impaction Treatment
- Most drug stores sell over-the-counter wax softening drops (ex. Debrox). These drops help to soften the ear wax, and allow it to come out of the ear canal on its own. You can also try using a few drops of mineral oil in the ear.
- If your symptoms do not improve after a few days, contact your Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.
- Your doctor may clean out the ear wax using a tool called a curette, with suction, or by irrigating the ear with water.
How to prevent future ear wax impactions
- Avoid using Q-tips or other objects to clean your ears. Instead, use a damp towel and your finger to clean around the opening of your ear canals.
- If you wear hearing aids, make sure to have your Audiologist check your ears for excessive ear wax every few months.
Tinnitus is often described as “ringing” or “buzzing” in the ears, but it can be any sound or combination of sounds. Tinnitus results from nerve activity that the brain interprets as “sound.” Everyone experiences tinnitus sometimes. Some people experience constant or near-constant tinnitus.
Common causes of tinnitus is exposure to loud noises. It can also result from head injury, medications, earwax, and many other causes. Its difficult to know the exact cause of tinnitus because its associated with so many conditions. Conditions include high blood pressure, stress, dental problems, metabolic problems and high cholesterol.
hearing loss and tinnitus
Damage to the ears often results in both hearing loss and tinnitus. However, they do not always occur together. Tinnitus does not cause hearing loss but sometimes tinnitus can seem to interfere with hearing. An audiologist can determine if you have a hearing problem.
Tinnitus treatment can lessen the problem but not everyone needs treatment. Treatment may be helpful for you if your tinnitus is affecting your sleep, ability to concentrate, emotional well being, or daily activities. You may need a medical evaluation if your tinnitus is on one side of the head, or if you have changes in your hearing, ear pain, head, or neck problems, or balance issues.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about our hearing center and hearing testing, contact our practice today at 972.984.1050 to schedule a consultation. ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas serve McKinney, Plano, Allen and surrounding areas.