Dr. Ress can help stop your suffering using a variety of preventive treatments, medications, surgery and balloon sinus dilation, a fast, comfortable in-office procedure.
SINUS & NOSE
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses that afflicts over 35 million people each year. Normal sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, pathogens (bacteria, viruses and fungi) can grow and cause an infection. Anatomical changes such as narrowed drainage pathways and deviated nasal septum are often associated with sinusitis. Sinusitis sufferers experience a wide range of symptoms, including nasal congestion, colored drainage, pain around the eyes, facial pressure, fatigue, dental pain, and headaches. Sinusitis is often used to describe several specific conditions that differ in duration and cause, including acute sinusitis, recurrent sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, sinus headaches and sinus barotrauma.
Conductive and sensorineural hearing losses are treatable hearing disorders which can be identified with hearing tests. Conductive hearing loss can be caused by trauma, infection, otosclerosis or congenital malformations and is treated with surgery, hearing aids or with an implantable device. Sensorineural hearing loss is treated with hearing aids or cochlear implantation. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, Meniere’s disease and autoimmune inner ear disease can sometimes be reversed with a nintratympanic injection or certain medications.
RESS ENT specializes in state-of-the-art hearing aid devices including digital hearing aids, CROS and BiCROS hearing devices, BAHA and cochlear implants. Custom fitting and modern diagnostic testing insure a successful and positive experience. In addition to hearing aids, we provide assistive listening devices, such as loops and wireless connectivity, tinnitus treatments and custom molded TMJ devices.
DIZZINESS & BALANCE
Dizziness can be caused by various problems and involve more than one body system. Based upon your history and physical findings, Dr. Ress may require specialized tests to complete a full evaluation. The testing protocol is determined at the time of examination and may include hearing and balance tests, imaging (CT or MRI scans) and blood tests. The most common test for dizziness is videonystagmography (VNG). The VNG tests the strength of the inner ear balance function as well as the coordination of eye movements.
It involves watching the eye movements after placing warm or cool air into the ear canal. It typically causes a brief episode of dizziness during the test. Other tests include electrocochleography (ECoG) and Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP). These painless tests evaluate other parts of the inner ear. The object of this evaluation is to be certain that there is no serious or life threatening disease and to pinpoint the exact site of the problem. This lays the groundwork for effective medical or surgical treatment. Custom fitting and modern diagnostic testing insure a successful and positive experience.
In addition to hearing aids, we provide assistive listening devices, such as loops and wireless connectivity, tinnitus treatments and custom molded TMJ devices.