Patient Education

Dr. Michael L. Walker believes that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, he has created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of his entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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From sore throats and earaches to sinusitis or hearing loss, Dr...

Types of Hearing Aids
...If people often sound like they are mumbling or difficult to understand then you could be dealing with hearing loss...

How to Deal With Ear Infections
...Leaving an ear infection untreated is never a good idea, as it can lead to complications such as hearing loss...

What is Causing My Dizziness?
...You should contact an ENT specialist if: Your primary care doctor has not been able to determine the cause of your dizziness You are experiencing hearing loss, hearing changes or ringing in the ears There is pressure or fullness in the ear or ears Common ENT causes of dizziness and vertigo include: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): caused by the displacement of crystals within the inner eye Meniere’s disease: an imbalance of fluid within the inner ear Labyrinthitis: inflammation or infection with the inner ear (can cause hearing loss if left untreated) Vestibular neuritis: a viral infection of the vestibular nerve One of the first tests a doctor will perform is an eye movement test that will check for issues within the inner ear (vestibular system)...

How is a Cleft Palate Treated?
...hearing loss) while also restoring proper speech and chewing...

Reasons for Early Hearing Loss
While hearing loss—to some degree—is fairly common as we get older, it doesn’t mean that younger adults can’t also experience some form of hearing loss...

Your Hearing Aid Options
... Has an ENT doctor or audiologist determined that you have hearing loss...

Dealing With Swimmer’s Ear
...Some patients even report minor hearing loss...

Dealing With Hearing Loss
...In fact, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) more than 30% of adults over 65 have some degree of hearing loss...

Causes of Dizziness
... Meniere disease: This progressive inner ear condition also causes similar symptoms to labyrinthitis including tinnitus, hearing loss, pressure in the ears, and dizziness...

What Causes Ear Infections?
... If you notice pus draining from the ear or if your child is displaying sudden symptoms of hearing loss (e...

Ears
... Child's Hearing Loss Cholesteatoma Cochlear Implants Ear Plastic Surgery Ear Tubes Earaches Ears and Altitude Earwax Quick Glossary for Good Ear Health Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease Better Ear Health Buying a Hearing Aid Child Screening Chronic Otitis Media Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems Ear Infection and Vaccines Your Genes and Hearing Loss How the Ear Works Hyperacusis Know the Power of Sound Noise-Induced Hearing Loss In Children Pediatric Obesity What You Should Know About Otosclerosis When Your Child Has Tinnitus Why Do Children Have Earaches...

Pediatric
... Child's Hearing Loss Children and Facial Paralysis Facial Sports Injuries Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) Child Screening Children and Facial Trauma Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea...

Cochlear Implants
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from a conventional hearing aid...

Ear Tubes
...But sometimes, ear infections and/or fluid in the middle ear may become a chronic problem leading to other issues such as hearing loss, behavior, and speech problems...

Earaches
...It is also the most common cause of hearing loss in children...

Ears and Altitude
... Ear problems are the most common medical complaint of airplane travelers, and while they are usually simple, minor annoyances, they may result in temporary pain and hearing loss...

Earwax
...This condition is called cerumen impaction, and may cause one or more of the following symptoms: Earache, fullness in the ear, or a sensation the ear is plugged Partial hearing loss, which may be progressive Tinnitus, ringing, or noises in the ear Itching, odor, or discharge Coughing What is the recommended method of ear cleaning...

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
...AIED is a rare disease occurring in less than one percent of the 28 million Americans with a hearing loss...

Better Ear Health
...Treatment of these and other hearing losses can often lead to improved or restored hearing...

Buying a Hearing Aid: Answers to common questions
...If you have ear pain, drainage, excess earwax, hearing loss in only one ear, sudden or rapidly progressive hearing loss, or dizziness, it is especially important that you see an otolaryngologist, as these may be symptoms indicating a serious medical problem...

Chronic Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) and Hearing Loss
...If not treated, chronic ear infections have potentially serious consequences such as temporary or permanent hearing loss...

Your Genes and Hearing Loss
One of the most common birth defects is hearing loss or deafness (congenital), which can affect as many as three of every 1,000 babies born...

Hyperacusis - An increased sensitivity to everyday sounds
... Hearing Loss Hearing tests usually indicate normal hearing sensitivity and often register at minus decibel levels...

What You Should Know About Otosclerosis
... The hallmark symptom of otosclerosis, slowly progressing hearing loss, can begin anytime between the ages of 15 and 45, but it usually starts in the early 20’s...

Why Do Children Have Earaches?
..." If not treated, chronic ear infections have potentially serious consequences such as temporary or permanent hearing loss...

Perforated Eardrum
...A perforated eardrum from trauma can occur: If the ear is struck directly With a skull fracture After a sudden explosion If an object (such as a bobby pin, Q-tip, or stick) is pushed too far into the ear canal As a result of acid or hot slag (from welding) entering the ear canal Middle ear infections may cause pain, hearing loss, and spontaneous rupture (tear) of the eardrum, resulting in a perforation...

Swimmer's Ear
...Redness and swelling of the skin around the ear If left untreated, complications resulting from swimmer’s ear may include: Hearing loss...

Tinnitus
...It is interesting to note that the pitch of the tinnitus often coincides with the area of the maximal hearing loss...

Travel Tips for the Hearing Impaired
...with hearing loss, travel can be especially difficult...

Secondhand Smoke
...Ear infections and middle ear fluid are the most common cause of children’s hearing loss...

Tonsils and Adenoids
...This can lead to frequent ear infections and buildup of fluid in the middle ear that may cause temporary hearing loss...

TMJ Pain
...When the earache is not associated with a hearing loss and the eardrum looks normal, the doctor will consider the possibility that the pain comes from TMJ...

Tonsils and Adenoids
...This can lead to frequent ear infections and potential hearing loss...

TMJ
...When the earache is not associated with a hearing loss and the eardrum looks normal, the doctor will consider the possibility that the pain comes from TMJ...

Child's Hearing Loss
Your child with a hearing loss can succeed - in school, in work, and in life! It is important to keep this as your focus, whatever your child's age or degree of hearing loss...

When Your Child Has Tinnitus
...This often debilitating condition has been linked to ear injuries, circulatory system problems, noise-induced hearing loss, wax build-up in the ear canal, medications harmful to the ear, ear or sinus infections, misaligned jaw joints, head and neck trauma, Ménière's disease, and an abnormal growth of bone of the middle ear...

Why Do Children Have Earaches?
..." If not treated, chronic ear infections have potentially serious consequences such as temporary or permanent hearing loss...

Secondhand Smoke and Children
...Ear infections are the most common cause of children's hearing loss...