Understanding Your Hearing

Understanding Your Hearing

In order to understand hearing, or the auditory system, and the ability to perceive sound and understand speech, it is best to consider the ear as being divided into 3 parts:  the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The external ear consists of the auricle and the ear canal. These structures direct sound towards the eardrum. The middle ear is the space that lies between the external ear and inner ear. The middle ear is made up … Continued

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement: Should my child have tubes placed?

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement, or “placing PE tubes”, is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States, and for good reason. Simply put, for the right child, it is a simple, safe procedure, which can help resolve chronic middle ear infections while preventing future infections and eliminating the need for numerous courses of antibiotics. The question is how do we choose “the right child”. Generally, this decision is made along with the parents after carefully reviewing not … Continued

Overcoming Ear Infections: Six-Year-Old Finds Relief With Surgery

Emily Schadt is all too familiar with ear surgery. Although she is only six years old, she’s already experienced five surgical procedures. Prior to her most recent surgery at CornerStone Ear Nose & Throat, ear infections and eardrum perforations seemed to be a constant presence in her life. Her father, radio personality Paul Schadt, and mother, Kathy, both credit Richard Gillespie, Jr., M.D., of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat with this dramatic improvement. “We are so very grateful to Dr. … Continued

Infant Hearing Screening Is Critical in Avoiding Impact on Speech and Social Development

Hearing loss is one of the most frequently occurring congenital disabilities, affecting approximately three in 1,000 people. Without early detection and intervention, hearing impairment in infants and young children can negatively impact speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, and cognitive and social development. It is a potential source of liability for the patients’ physicians if the problem is not caught and addressed in a timely fashion. If detected and treated, however, these negative impacts can be greatly diminished and even … Continued