Individualized Ear, Nose & Throat Treatment in Inver Grove Heights, MN
The ear, nose and throat all play important roles in our overall health and wellbeing. When you can’t hear correctly, have painful swallowing or suffer from sinus infections, these ailments prevent you from being able to fully participate in life. At Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights, MN, we help patients receive treatment that fits into their lifestyle, from a team that treats you like family.
We treat the following ear and hearing-related conditions:
- Hearing Loss
- Tinnitus (Ear Ringing)
- Cerumen Impaction
- Middle Ear Otitis Media
- Speech Delay
- Outer Ear Canal/ Swimmer’s Ear Infection
- Benign Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s Disease
- TM Rupture/ TM Perforation
- Vertigo/ Dizziness, Hematoma
- Torn Earlobe
- Skin Cancer
- Auricular Deformity/ Prominent or “Cup” Ears
We offer patients a wide variety of brands and versions of hearing aids, so we can ensure that we find a set that is comfortable, functional and effective for your needs. Our audiologists will perform hearing tests that will determine your level of hearing loss and your current hearing ability, which will help us decide which set of hearing aids is the right solution for you.
We can provide you with the following hearing aid brands:
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Otitis Media is a middle-ear infection, the most common type of ear infection. It occurs when tissues in the middle ear become inflamed because of either a viral or bacterial infection, and often there is a buildup of fluid and inflammation behind the ear drum that causes pain and pressure. Symptoms include ear pain, hearing loss, balance issues, fever, irritability and problems with speech.
Antibiotics can usually successfully get rid of an ear infection. Surgery is sometimes needed if there are multiple infections or the fluid in the middle ear space is persisting. Ear tube surgery is a method used to treat chronic ear infections. During an ear tube surgery, a tiny tube is inserted into the tympanic membrane (ear drum) so that the middle ear space and mastoid (bone behind the ear) are ventilated, drainage of any fluid that accumulates is facilitated and as well allows for direct, topical treatment of ear infections.
Swimmer’s Ear/ Otitis Externa
Swimmer’s Ear, often caused by water in the ear canal, especially if not chlorinated such as well or lake water, frequent Q-tip use , or skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis. Diabetics are particularly vulnerable to this type of ear infection and should be evaluated as soon as symptoms begin. Mild symptoms include itchiness, redness and some drainage, while moderate symptoms include more severe itchiness and pain, decreased hearing, drainage of fluid and/or pus or pain when chewing. Swimmer’s Ear is severe when you experience immense pain, fever, loss of hearing, and swelling of lymph nodes and the side of your face.
Treatment usually includes prescription antibiotic ear drops, after a thorough cleaning out of the ear canal. Sometimes a wick is placed which acts like a funnel to get the medication deep in the ear canal and maintain it in constant contact with the ear canal. Depending on the severity of symptoms and if diabetic or immunocompromised, oral antibiotics are also prescribed.
Symptoms of sinusitis include:
Very rarely, when sinusitis is left untreated and progresses, it can cause brain abscess, meningitis, Cerebrospinal fluid leak, orbital abscess, vision loss and potentially death.
Fungal sinusitis when noninvasive is caused by a ball of fungus located most often in the maxillary sinus. This often occurs in people with diabetes, allergies or reduced immunity, and it usually requires surgery. Invasive fungal sinusitis is rare but threatening to organs such as the eyes and brain and requires immediate medical and surgical intervention. If is often life threatening.
Usually, sinusitis is treated with antibiotics, steroids,saline nasal sprays or nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines and decongestants, . If these treatments don’t work, we take a sinus culture to determine which bacteria is causing the infection and what would be the best antibiotic to use. For chronic sinusitis, we perform a CT scan of the sinuses. Our Xoran MiniCT emits the lowest dose of xray beam needed, works with image guided navigation systems, and we are CT certified by IACTL. The scan is done with you seated and takes about 1 minute to perform which makes it an excellent tool for imaging kids and older adults.
If indicated, we will perform surgery based on your CT scan. This can be performed in a hospital, at an outpatient center, or potentially in the office. Recovery is generally one week but often less when done in office. Postop bloody nose and facial pain are the main side effects.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a treatment for chronic sinusitis and is often done in office.
When medication isn’t enough to solve the problem, we perform an in-office Balloon Sinuplasty, a minimally invasive treatment used for both adults and children to dilate the opening to the sinuses. It is less painful and requires less recovery than traditional sinus surgeries with comparable benefits.
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The throat includes four groups of tonsils: Palatine, Lingual, Adenoids, and Nasopharyngeal. Their size is rated on a scale from 1 to 4, which helps determine when they reach a dangerous size and need to be removed.
These are the tonsils at the back of the throat that most people think of when they think of tonsils. When they are infected or become too large, they can cause sleep apnea, snoring, difficulty swallowing and bedwetting.
These tonsils are located at the back of the tongue, and when they get infected, which is rare, they can cause a lot of difficulty with breathing and swallowing.
Adenoids and Nasopharyngeal
Located in the back of the nose, these tonsils can cause difficulty breathing through the nose and are usually inflamed by sinus and ear infections.
Symptoms of Tonsillitis include:
Tonsillitis can cause ear and sinus infections, as well as problems in the cardiac valve, neck abscesses, and strep. Treatment involves antibiotics, flushing of the throat, and steroids. Our team will use a Xoran MiniScan to determine the best treatment for you.