Chronic Ear Disease Specialist

MN Ear & Sinus Center -  - ENT Physician and Surgeon

MN Ear & Sinus Center

ENT Physician and Surgeons & Audiologists located in Blaine, MN

If you experience hearing loss, ear pain, drainage, or other symptoms of chronic ear disease, help is within reach at MN Ear & Sinus Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The team of experienced ENT physicians and surgeons can diagnose and treat your condition to offer relief and prevent future ear and hearing complications. Schedule an appointment with MN Ear & Sinus Center by phone or request an appointment online today.

Chronic Ear Disease Q & A

What is chronic ear disease?

Chronic ear disease is an infection that affects the middle ear, which includes the space behind your eardrum. It’s a common problem that can result from an injury or long-lasting infection in your middle ear. An ear tube might get blocked, causing the infection. Untreated ear infections can rupture the eardrum and spread to your inner ear.

What are the symptoms of chronic ear disease?

If you experience chronic ear disease, you may notice the following signs or symptoms:

  • Mild to moderate ear pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Pressure in your ear
  • Ear drainage
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fever or sweating
  • Fluid or fullness in your ear

When left untreated, these symptoms can worsen and cause continued hearing loss, smelly drainage, a new onset of dizziness, ringing in your ears, or continued pain and pressure. See the MN Ear & Sinus Center team if you or a loved one experience new or worsening ear pain and hearing impairment.

When should I see a doctor?

If you or your child has an ear infection that doesn’t go away with antibiotics, see your doctor. Check in with MN Ear & Sinus Center if your baby seems fussier than usual when trying to sleep or if their eating habits have changed.

How does my provider diagnose chronic ear disease?

To find out if you have chronic ear disease and determine the most appropriate treatment, the board-certified specialists at MN Ear & Sinus Center can review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, examine your ears, and complete hearing tests. They might recommend you undergo X-rays or other diagnostic imaging procedures.

What are my chronic ear disease treatment options?

Depending on the type and severity of chronic ear disease you experience, your MN Ear & Sinus Center provider may recommend:

Medications

Taking medications can treat chronic ear infections that haven’t yet developed into chronic ear disease.

Bilateral tympanostomy

During bilateral tympanostomy, your ENT doctor can drain fluid out of your middle ear. They insert a tube to connect the outer ear to your middle ear. Doing so can reduce infection and relieve unpleasant symptoms associated with chronic ear disease.

Tympanostomy with mastoidectomy

If your provider completes tympanoplasty with mastoidectomy, they make an incision and drill out the infection from the inner part of your ear. The procedure replaces or repairs mastoid bones in your ear to eliminate chronic ear disease.

Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms associated with chronic ear disease when highly effective treatments are within reach at MN Ear & Sinus Center. Schedule an appointment by phone or request an appointment online at the first sign of ear pain, drainage, or hearing impairment.