Hearing Evaluation Specialist

Donald W. Burt, Jr., MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor located in Gilroy, CA

Diagnostic hearing evaluations help identify the reason your child, or you, suffer from ear infections and pain. An ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Donald Burt performs these evaluations at his office for patients in Gilroy, California. Dr. Burt also diagnoses and offers treatment to resolve ear pain, hearing problems, and infections. Call his office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment for a screening.

Hearing Evaluation Q & A

What Causes Ear Infections?

Ear infections are among the most common health problems for infants and young children. Statistics show that 75% of children experience at least one ear infection by the time they reach their third birthday.

These infections often affect the middle ear. The small tubes inside the ears become clogged with fluid and mucus, reducing hearing.

How are Ear Infections Treated?

Often, an ear infection goes away on its own. Dr. Burt recommends pain relievers to help with the discomfort. He may prescribe antibiotics.

Children who suffer from frequent ear infections may benefit from surgery. Dr. Burt places small tubes inside a child’s ears to relieve pressure. Then, the child can hear again, and the ears drain efficiently, so they’re less vulnerable to infection.

What Other Health Issues Affect the Ears?

Other ear problems include Meniere’s disease, which is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, and ringing in the ear.

Adult men and women may also complain of hearing loss. It can occur due to heredity or other reasons:

  • A buildup of earwax
  • Acoustic neuroma, a noncancerous growth
  • Dermatitis, a skin reaction on the outside of the ear canal
  • Exposure to loud noises (such as gunshots or power tools)

How are Ear Problems Treated?

Dr. Burt does a thorough exam of your ear and ear canal, plus a review of your health history and family medical history. He also offers the following services:

  • Ear wax removal
  • Ear surgery and ventilation tube placement
  • Hearing tests and hearing aids
  • Diagnostic hearing evaluations
  • Vestibular VNG testing and balance testing

What is Vestibular VNG Testing?

If you come to Dr. Burt with symptoms of dizziness and vertigo, he may suggest VNG testing. He uses the procedure to determine if an inner ear disease is causing your balance challenges.

VNG testing consists of a series of tests where you follow visual objects with your eyes. The results tell Dr. Burt how well your eyes respond to information from your vestibular system. This noninvasive and painless test also measures the functionality of each ear.

Call Dr. Burt’s office or try the online booking tool to make an appointment for a screening.

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