At Ear Nose & Throat of Springfield, we treat patients of all ages, and specialize in helping children with their ENT conditions.
Conditions We Treat
Children’s Hearing Loss
Signs and symptoms such as difficulty understanding speech, complaints of earaches or loud noise, failing grades, or the desire to use one ear over another can indicate hearing loss in a child. Early screening, diagnosis, and treatment are crucial to reduce the risk of academic, social, and communication difficulties.
Facial Sports Injuries
Whether from a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone, a swollen eye, or another condition, facial sports injuries can affect a child’s ability to breathe, eat, see, smell, or handle other crucial functions. Safety and protection are key to prevention, but it’s important to seek immediate medical help if injury occurs.
Infant Hearing Loss
Infant hearing loss involves the inability of one or both of a baby’s ears to fully function, which can result from a congenital problem, infection, trauma, or other source. Early screening, diagnosis, and treatment are crucial to reduce the risk of communication and other developmental difficulties.
Hearing Loss and Ear Infection
Ear infections aren’t unusual in childhood, but sometimes they keep coming back or won’t clear up with antibiotic treatment. They can lead to serious problems such as hearing loss and should be addressed quickly.
Allergies and Your Child’s Ears, Nose, and Throat
Rather than occur in a vacuum, allergies affect your child’s ears, nose, and throat due to the various potential symptoms — sneezing, coughing, and ear pressure, for example — and associations with other conditions such as ear infections, sinusitis, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children
Excess noise can irreparably damage the inner ear’s tiny hair cells, which can lead to permanent hearing loss. Hearing protection; avoidance of sounds louder than 85 decibels; and careful use of MP3 players, earbuds, and headphones can help reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
Pediatric Food Allergies
Pediatric food allergies involve a child’s allergic reaction to something they’ve ingested or inhaled, which can lead to itching, swelling, redness, dizziness, sneezing, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms. Food allergies, which sometimes go away on their own, can also be addressed through testing, identification, and avoidance of the allergens.
Treatment & Procedure Options
Cochlear implants are small, surgically placed electronic devices comprising an external part behind the ear and an internal part under the skin that do the work of the damaged inner ear. They create the sensation of sound for pediatric and adult patients when profound hearing loss can’t be sufficiently improved by hearing aids.
Children with cochlear implants are at greater risk of contracting pneumococcal meningitis, an infection of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord. The pneumococcal vaccination protects against this serious infection.
Patients with cochlear implants are at greater risk of contracting pneumococcal meningitis, an infection of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord. The pneumococcal vaccination protects against this serious infection.