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Approximately two to three out of every 1,000 children are born with some form of hearing loss or impairment in one or both ears in the United States according to the National institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). There are different types and levels of hearing loss depending on the extent of the damage and the portion of the ear that is affected (middle vs. inner ear, for example). Hearing aids can amplify sound and improve the quality of life and levels of communication for many children and adults, but they are not effective in every scenario. Cochlear implants are designed to help restore partial hearing in people suffering from advanced hearing loss due to damage in the inner ear. The ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy offer a number of diagnostic and treatment options in Orlando, FL, for children suffering from partial or full hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant in Orlando, FL
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that helps the auditory nerve transmit sound waves to the brain so that a person with extensive damage in the inner ear can process language and communicate more effectively than before. While they are not a cure for hearing loss and require an effort to relearn how to process and interpret sound after the implant is put in place, they can significantly improve communication and the recipient's overall quality of life as a result.
Some of the reported benefits of cochlear implants include:
- An improved ability to hear and interpret speech without assistance from visual aids or cues
- Ability to understand and hear background noise, watch t.v., and have phone conversations
- The ability to identify different sources of noise and sound
- Ability to better communicate in loud or noisy environments
Find a Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Orlando, FL
For more information about cochlear implants and other treatment and therapy options for hearing impairments and hearing loss, contact Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy by calling (407) 253-1000 to schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists at one of our convenient locations in either Orlando or Maitland, FL, today.
An occasional sore throat from a bout with the flu, or an afternoon of enthusiastically cheering for a beloved team at a sporting event can happen to anyone. Small school-aged children, who are constantly exposed to germs and bacteria through their classmates, are more prone to suffer from chronic sore throats and inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis). Tonsillitis is a common childhood illness, and is generally rare in adulthood.
What Causes Tonsillitis?
Like colds and the flu, most cases of tonsillitis are caused by a viral infection. However, they can also be caused by bacteria. Viral and bacterial infections are treated differently, and therefore require diagnosis and treatment from an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT).
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Tonsillitis?
Sore throat/pain and difficulty eating and swallowing
Redness and swelling of the tonsils
Tender and swollen glands
White or yellow spots on the tongue or tonsils
Drooling (when swallowing becomes too painful)
Parents should schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist if pain and symptoms do not improve in 24 - 48 hours.
How is Tonsillitis Treated?
Treatment depends on the source of the infection. If caused by a viral infection, treatment may be similar to a cold or flu with over the counter pain and fever medication and rest. If the source is a bacterial infection, an ENT doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Every case should be evaluated and treated by an ear, nose and throat specialist to make sure that the infection clears up properly.
Will my Child Need to Have the Tonsils Removed (Tonsillectomy)?
Tonsillectomies are generally used as a last resort in rare cases where the condition has become chronic and does not respond to medication and conservative treatment.
Is Tonsillitis Preventable?
The same measures that protect children from cold and flu can be used to help reduce their chances of catching viral tonsillitis from a friend or classmate at school or in day care. Covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing, frequently washing the hands and avoiding close contact with sick classmates can help. Keeping children home from school or day care until they are feeling better can help reduce the spread of germs.
- 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
- Protect your ears by wearing earplugs or earmuffs if you are in a loud workplace
- Have your hearing tested by an audiologist or ENT specialist. Current recommendations are to have your hearing tested at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50.
- Protect your ears from damaging loud noises in your daily activities and recreation, especially listening to rock concerts, shooting guns or riding in loud vehicles.
- Take breaks from continuous loud noises.