Ear, Nose & Throat
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At Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, our expert otolaryngologists (physicians who treat conditions of the ears, nose and throat) provide care for patients of all ages to improve their ability to breathe, eat, sleep and communicate through hearing and speech.
Our physicians provide the latest medical and surgical treatments, including performing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures for children with frequent tonsillitis and adenoid infections. We use minimally invasive procedures to reduce surgical risks. We offer comprehensive solutions to chronic sinusitis, thyroid conditions and sleep apnea. Our physicians also perform advanced surgical procedures including thyroid surgery.
We are dedicated to caring for all aspects of ear, nose and throat health. Our staff includes expert speech-language pathologists (specialists who help you swallow and talk) and audiologists (specialists who assist with hearing). We frequently help patients dealing with tinnitus, or a constant ringing in the ears, by prescribing supplements.
We stay on the forefront of medicine through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine. From the latest treatment options to leading edge research, you have access to the most advanced care available.
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If you are dealing with frequent sinus infections, or constant nasal swelling and pressure, our otolaryngologists can work with you to find relief from your symptoms.
We use imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the bones and soft tissues of your nose and nasal cavity to determine if a structural problem is causing symptoms.
Depending on the results of your sinus imaging, treatments may include medicines or endoscopic sinus surgery such as Balloon Sinuplasty™, which provides a less invasive treatment for sinus blockage and faster recovery times.
When thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules are a concern, we work with you and your primary care physician to diagnose your specific thyroid condition and determine the most appropriate treatment.
Tests we use include:
- Thyroid function tests. These tests include blood work and thyroid scans to check thyroid function.
- Ultrasound exam. This exam uses images to check for nodules or enlargement of the thyroid gland.
- Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. This test takes a sample of thyroid gland cells for further study.
Treatment options depend on the results of your diagnostic tests. In some cases, thyroid surgery (removal of part or the entire thyroid) may be required.
If you complete a sleep study and it indicates that you have sleep apnea, our otolaryngologists will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment. Typically, we recommend using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for 30 days.
If the CPAP fails to improve your sleep apnea, a procedure called an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) may be an option. This surgery involves the removal of tissues from your throat and mouth to open the airway to prevent obstruction while you sleep.
Chronic ear infections in children and adults can lead to pain, loss of sleep, speech delays and hearing loss. Physicians often recommend the surgical implantation of ear tubes in the eardrum to allow air to reach the middle ear space. Ear tubes often fall out after a year and may need to be replaced.
Ear tubes can:
- Restore hearing loss
- Improve speech
- Improve balance
- Improve sleep
- Reduce the risk of future infections
Our otolaryngologists insert replacement ear tubes in the office for adults. For children, the surgery is performed using general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.