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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... Ear Infection Hearing Loss Mouth Sores Breathing Problems Snoring/Sleep Apnea Sore Throat Head and Neck Cancers Oral Cancers     Ear Infection The ear is made up of three sections: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear...

What are Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Issues?
... Ear Infections This is by far the most common ENT problem that a doctor will diagnose and treat...

How to Deal With Ear Infections
Ear infections can be quite the nuisance, particularly if it’s something that your little one deals with often...

Reasons for Early Hearing Loss
...Sometimes an undetected ear infection can also cause this problem...

Head and Neck Surgery Options
...These conditions include: Hearing or balance problems Chronic or persistent ear infections Chronic sinusitis Laryngitis Thyroid problems Obstructive sleep apnea Tonsillitis Esophagus problems By seeking care from a medical professional right away an otolaryngologist can easily determine the cause of your condition so that they can create a treatment plan that will finally provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for...

Treating An Ear Infection
...These symptoms are likely due to an ear infection...

Dealing With Swimmer’s Ear
...As you may be able to guess from the name alone, this ear infection is often the result of too much water getting into the ears, whether you are an avid swimmer or you just drenched yourself in a hot shower for too long...

Dealing With Hearing Loss
...   There are many signs and symptoms of hearing loss you should pay attention to, including if you: Hear muffled speech or sounds Have a problem understanding individual words Need people to speak more loudly or slowly Have to turn up the television or radio Withdraw from social events or conversations There are many causes of hearing loss including aging, continuous exposure to loud noises, heredity, ear infections or damage to your ears from pressure changes, and even a buildup of earwax...

How and When Should I Clean My Ears?
...If you are prone to ear infections you may want to use a blow dryer to gently dry the ear...

What Causes Ear Infections?
...Children are often more likely to develop ear infections than adults, which is why it’s important to understand why ear infections happen and how to spot the warning signs...

Cholesteatoma Symptoms & Treatments
...Patients should expect cholesteatoma if they experience these symptoms:  Frequent earache Dizziness Recurring ear infections Drainage of foul liquid from the ear, possibly bloody Hearing loss Ear feelings stuffy or full If any of these sound familiar, let your ENT doctor know right away...

Does My Child Need Ear Tube Surgery?
Middle ear infections (known as otitis media) are quite common in young children, and while they are usually nothing to worry about it, it can become a problem if your child is dealing with frequent ear infections...

Finding the Right Treatment for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
...This is a recommended treatment for children who develop frequent ear infections due to eustachian tube dysfunction...

Treating a Cleft Palate
...This results in an opening in the roof of the mouth that over time can lead to other problems such as recurring ear infections, difficulty with feedings, and speech problems...

What Are Adenoids?
...Those with enlarged adenoids may experience: Trouble breathing through the nose Mouth breathing Dry lips and mouth (as a result of mouth breathing) Snoring Persistent bad breath Chronic or persistent sinus infections Ear infections Obstructive sleep apnea (pauses in the breath that happening while asleep) Should I have my adenoids removed...

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...

Ear Tubes
... Painful ear infections are a rite of passage for children-by the age of five, nearly every child has experienced at least one episode...

Earaches
... Otitis media means “inflammation of the middle ear,” as a result of a middle ear infection...

Quick Glossary for Good Ear Health
... Acute otitis media - the medical term for the common ear infection...

Better Ear Health
... Otitis Media The most common cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media, the medical term for a middle ear infection or inflammation of the middle ear...

Chronic Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) and Hearing Loss
..." This occurs in a recovering ear infection or when one is about to occur...

Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems
... When your child is in a day care center, the risk is greatest for viral upper respiratory infection (affecting the nose, throat, mouth, voice box) and the common cold, ear infections, and diarrhea...

Why Do Children Have Earaches?
... Why do children have more ear infections than adults...

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
... Recurring ear infections (chronic otitis externa)...

Tinnitus
... Middle ear problems can also cause tinnitus, such as a middle ear infection or the buildup of new bony tissue around one of the middle ear bones which stiffens the middle ear transmission system (otosclerosis)...

How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
... Ear infections: One of children’s most common medical problems is otitis media, or middle ear infection...

Secondhand Smoke
... The ears Exposure to ETS increases both the number of ear infections a child will experience, and the duration of the illness...

Sore Throats
...This infection can also damage the heart valves (rheumatic fever) and kidneys (nephritis), cause scarlet fever, tonsillitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and ear infections...

Tonsils and Adenoids
...Other signs of adenoid and or tonsil enlargement are: Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose most of the time Nose sounds “blocked” when the person speaks Chronic runny nose Noisy breathing during the day Recurrent ear infections Snoring at night Restlessness during sleep, pauses in breathing for a few seconds at night(may indicate sleep apnea)...

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
...Allergies can also contribute to repeated ear infections in children...

Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems
... When your child is in a day care center, the risk is greatest for viral upper respiratory infection (affecting the nose, throat, mouth, voice box) and the common cold, ear infections, and diarrhea...

How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
... Ear infections: One of children's most common medical problems is otitis media, or middle ear infection...

Secondhand Smoke
... Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for ear infections and are more likely to need an operation to insert ear tubes for drainage...

TMJ Pain
...Many patients come to the ear specialist quite convinced their pain is from an ear infection...

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

Bell’s Palsy and other facial nerve disorders
...Medications are often used as part of the treatment: If infection is the cause, then an antibiotic to fight bacteria (as in middle ear infections) or antiviral agents (to fight syndromes caused by viruses like Ramsay Hunt) may be used...

TMJ
...Many patients come to the ear specialist quite convinced their pain is from an ear infection...

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
...Allergies can also contribute to repeated ear infections in children...

Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat
... When your child is in a day care center, the risk is greatest for viral upper respiratory infection (affecting the nose, throat, mouth, voice box) and the common cold, ear infections, and diarrhea...

How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
... Ear infections: One of children's most common medical problems is otitis media, or middle ear infection...

Why Do Children Have Earaches?
... Why do children have more ear infections than adults...

Secondhand Smoke and Children
... The ears Exposure to ETS increases both the number of ear infections a child will experience, and the duration of the illness...

Secondhand Smoke
... Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for ear infections and are more likely to need an operation to insert ear tubes for drainage...