Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. Otolaryngologist are experts in the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (TINNITUS), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear. Conditions we evaluate include otitis externa (infections of the ear canal), serous otitis (recurrent middle ear infections), otosclerosis, vertigo (dizziness), tinnitus (noise or ringing in the ear), ear lesions and cerumen impaction (wax build up the ear).