Anytime you are experiencing hearing issues, it may be an uncomfortable topic but it shouldn’t be. Your senses are important, especially your hearing. So if you are experiencing any abnormal hearing pitches or other types of hearing issues, you must contact an ENT Doctor from The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida). Our highly professional doctors can help diagnose your hearing issue and come up with a treatment plan that works for you. It is important to see a doctor and not diagnose yourself. There are so many different types of disorders that can cause hearing loss and you want to make sure you are properly diagnosed so you can be properly treated. One such disorder you could potentially have is Barotrauma.
What Is Barotrauma?
Before you can be treated, you need to be diagnosed. A diagnosis of Barotrauma means there is an injury sustained from failure to equalize the pressure of an air conditioning space with the surrounding environment. The most common examples of this are air travel and scuba diving. An ENT Doctor urges you to be careful if you are engaging in these types of activities. Scuba diving is riskier because the changes in temperature are drastic whereas air travel isn’t as risky but can still cause issues. The symptoms include clogging of the ear, ear pain, hearing loss, dizziness, and ringing in the ear. Vertigo may also occur if you are in areas where the pressure is constantly changing. This occurs because of the difference in pressure between the two middle ear spaces which stimulates the balance.
How Is It Treated?
When you visit an ENT doctor at The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida), we will treat you accordingly. Treatment for barotrauma can include:
- Outer ear barotrauma treatment consists of clearing the obstruction in the ear canal and restricting diving or flying until the blockage is corrected. Only when the eardrum and canal return to normal can you proceed with these activities.
- Middle ear barotrauma treatment consists of keeping the ear dry with no contamination that could cause an infection. Topical nasal steroids and decongestants can be started for treatment in an attempt to decongest the eustachian tube opening.
- Inner ear barotrauma is treated with hospitalization and bed rest with the head elevated.
We know how upsetting it can be to have to deal with loss of hearing, especially if you have never had problems before. It can change your life forever and affect how you do your daily activities. Something so serious needs to be diagnosed and treated by highly trained professionals and should not go unchecked. If you have any hearing issues, you must contact an ENT doctor at The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) for a proper diagnosis and treatment. To schedule an appointment or if you have any more questions about barotrauma, call us at 786-420-6660 or visit our website hearingaidsfortlauderdale.com. Your hearing loss is just as important to us as it is to you, so come on in and see us.