Our ears do more than just give us the ability to hear, they also help us maintain balance. They are complex structures with many different components, but usually the parts of the ear are divided into three sections depending on their function: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The outer ear is constructed of the pinna or auricle, which describes the cartilage and skin that surrounds the auditory canal. The eardrum, ossicles, and Eustachian tubes make up the middle ear and convert auditory vibrations into recognizable sound. The inner ear is made up of the organ of hearing, or the cochlea, as well as other receptors that help us maintain balance.

In the United States, one in fifteen adults over the age of 18 report that they experience some degree of hearing loss, while nearly three of every 1,000 children are born with a detectable level of hearing loss. Otolaryngologists are specifically trained in the delicate structures of both the inner and outer ears and know how to treat ear disorders, whether medically or surgically. At the Acadian ENT Center, the ear issues we typically treat are:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Balance Disorder
  • Middle Ear Disorder
  • Persistent Ear Noise (Tinnitus)
  • Diseases or Infections of the Ear
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
  • Cochlear Implants

All the parts of the ear are susceptible to trauma and infection, which may result in damage to these delicate tissues and bones that can impact your ability to hear. For example, malformed cartilage at the pinna can block sounds from entering the auditory canal and abnormal ossicles can prevent the vibrations from passing to the inner ear. In the long run, ear conditions can cause discomfort, dizziness or balance issues, and/or hearing loss. These consequences make proper management of ear diseases critical for optimal health and quality of life.

There are many conditions that can affect our ears, including acoustic neuroma, cholesteatoma, Meniere’s disease, tinnitus, swimmer’s ear/otitis externa, ear infection/otitis media, otosclerosis, and more. If surgical intervention is required, our otologic surgeons are leaders in the field, with extensive experience handling both simple and complex procedures.We offer comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for a wide range of ear conditions to help our patients preserve their hearing, improve their balance, and enhance their health overall.

If you or someone you know is experiencing hearing issues, don’t wait to seek treatment – call us today. Most ear conditions are treatable in the early stages and can prevent irreversible hearing loss or deafness.

Acadian Ear, Nose, & Throat Center is one of the few providers in the region that offers cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices. We provide full spectrum hearing services with our in-house audiology center, making visits to your hearing specialist easier than ever before. Contact the Acadian Ear, Nose, & Throat Center at (337) 237-0650.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

Our resource center provides support to our patients and offers helpful information to make your experience as pleasant as possible. We have a number of patient information forms available for download, as well as pre- and post-operative surgery instructions, insurance providers and a list of frequently asked questions. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call and we’ll help you out.


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