Ear Diseases & Hearing Loss
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The ear is composed of 3 main parts; the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Various disorders or infections can occur in any of these areas, causing problems with hearing and balance.
When to See a Specialist
Consider seeing an ENT specialist if you experience any of the following ear symptoms, particularly if they occur suddenly or persist:
- Vertigo, dizziness or problems with balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Hearing loss
- Ear pain
- Feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear
- Ear discharge
You may also be referred to an ENT specialist by your GP
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned about your ear health, we are here to help. Book an appointment with A/Prof Sethi for a consultation.
Ear Conditions We Treat
Common paediatric condition caused by infection of the middle ear.
Infection of the ear causing inflammation and blistering of the eardrum.
Rare condition characterized by accumulation of keratin within the ear canal.
Common paediatric condition caused by a build-up of fluid in the middle ear canal.
Fungal infection of the outer ear.
Perception of noise or ringing sound in the ear in the absence of external sound.
Primary and secondary (referred) causes of ear pain.
Common causes of ear blockage.
Diagnostic Procedures Available At Our Clinic
Procedure involving an internal examination of the ear with an endoscope.
Your problem not listed above? Contact us for advice.
The structure of the ear is specialized for the transmission and amplification of sound. In order for us to hear, our ear must change sound waves into electrical signals, which the brain can interpret
Sound traveling from the outer ear is transmitted to the middle ear, then to the inner ear through a sequence of vibrations. The inner ear converts this sound into electrical signals that travel to the brain. The brain then interprets these signals as sound.
The inner ear also contains a system of tubes, which detect movement in order to help with balance.
Hearing loss is a symptom that can be caused by a variety of conditions affecting a part of the ear or its nerve connection to the brain. Some people are born with hearing loss (congenital hearing loss) and others acquire it at some point during their lives. Although it can occur at any age, the most common cause is age-related degeneration. Other common causes of hearing loss include build up of ear wax, glue ear, infection and prolonged exposure to loud noises.
Have you noticed that you have difficulty distinguishing what people are saying? Has a loved one commented that you turn the TV volume up very loud?
Hearing loss can be very distressing and can cause people to lose confidence or feel isolated. Fortunately, there are ways to improve hearing loss or prevent further deterioration. If you are concerned about your hearing, there are several ways we could help. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide expert advice on diagnosis and treatment.