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Ear, Hearing and Balance

ENT Conditions And Treatments For Children By Board-Certified Physicians

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Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute recognizes the unique responsibility when caring for children and adolescents with ENT problems. While children experience many of the same health issues as adults, the way symptoms present and how to address them can be quite different. Our board certified physicians keenly understand these differences and will work with you to ensure your child's diagnosis and treatment is appropriate, optimal and compassionate.

Earaches
Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear and is the most frequent diagnosis for children suffering from a middle earache. It is also a common cause of hearing loss in children. While the infection is common doesn't mean it can't be serious. Hearing loss, particularly in childen, can affect speech development. The middle ear infection can also spread to other structures in the head. Learn more about the cause of a middle ear infection, how it is examined and diagnosed and available treatments.
Swimmer's Ear
Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear and is the most frequent diagnosis for children suffering from a middle earache. It is also a common cause of hearing loss in children. While the infection is common, it doesn't mean it can't be serious. Hearing loss, particularly in children, can affect speech development. The middle ear infection can also spread to other structures in the head. Learn more about the cause of a middle ear infection, how it is examined and diagnosed, and available treatments.
Ear Tubes
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed in the ear drum that makes certain air reaches the middle ear in order to ensure pressure is equalized. Such tubes are recommended for adults and children who repeatedly suffer middle ear infections or suffer from hearing loss due to fluid buildup in the middle ear. Ear tubes are put in place by an outpatient surgical procedure. A slight general anesthetic will be required for young children undergoing the procedure. Some older children and adults may be able to tolerate the procedure without the use of general anesthesia. Learn more about the function of ear tubes, what they can achieve, and what happens during the procedure.
Hearing And Children
Parents should closely monitor their child's hearing to identify any problems early. Three million children under 18 years old have some hearing loss. Four out of every thousand newborns suffer some hearing loss. Learn about indicators of hearing loss in children and tests that can be administered to identify problems.
Allergies And Hay Fever
Allergy symptoms result from the immune system reacting to a substance that has entered the body. Symptoms range from watery to itchy eyes, sinus congestion to headaches, and hives to shortness of breath. There are common substances that can trigger an allergic reaction, including pollen, household allergens such as dust, pet dander and some food and chemicals, as well as mold. Learn when a doctor should be consulted for allergies and options for treating and managing them.
Nosebleeds
Anterior nosebleeds are the most common form of nosebleeds and result from piercing the lower part of the septum, or nostril. They can result from a blow to the nose, dry air or a scratched fingernail. They typically flow from one nostril. Posterior nosebleeds start higher and deeper within the nose and the blood may flow back into the throat or mouth. These nosebleeds are more serious and require attention of a physician. Learn more about both types of nosebleeds, common treatment for anterior nosebleeds, and how to prevent re-bleeding from beginning.
Tonsils And Adenoids
Tonsils and adenoids are tissue masses in the back of the throat (tonsils) and high in the throat behind the nose and roof of the mouth (adenoids). These are considered the first line of defense against inhaled bacteria and viruses. The most common problem affecting tonsils and adenoids are recurring infections which can lead to enlargement or obstructions. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, but recurring infections may require removing the tonsils or adenoids. Learn more about identifying if your child's tonsils or adenoids are infected, treatment options, and how to prepare a child for surgery should they need to be removed.
Facial Sports Injuries
Active children suffer from injuries along with getting exercise and developing good habits. Some of those injuries can occur to the face. Many are preventable with proper protective gear, but even then, facial injuries can occur. Learn more about the various types of facial injuries, how to identify if a facial injury is a fracture, and potential injuries to the neck and throat.
Clinical Services

Ears and Hearing

  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Stapedectomy Surgery
  • Tympanoplasty Surgery
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear Implant Program
  • Hearing Aids
  • Ear Infections
  • Mastoiditis
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Other ENT Conditions

  • Adenoiditis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Mouth Sores
  • Nasal Airway Obstruction
  • Nasal Stuffiness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Oral Problems
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Turbinate Enlargement
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