Our ears allows us to hear and help with balance. Most commonly caused by age, hearing loss is a common condition that affects up to 25% of people between the ages of 65 and 75, and up to 75% of people over the age of 75. Problems within the balance (vestibular) system of the ear are also more common with age and affect over 2 million people each year.
At Bridger Ear, Nose and Throat, we help diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders as well other conditions affecting the ear.
Some of the ear conditions we commonly treat are:
- Balance Disorders
- Eardrum perforation
- Ear Infections
- Ear Wax Impactions
- Hearing Disorders & Hearing Loss
- Swimmer's Ear
- Tinnitus (Ringing)
- Baha Implant or osseointegrated hearing implants
Nose & Sinuses
The nose and the adjacent four sinus regions, known as the frontal, maxillary, ethmoid, and sphenoid sinuses, are lined with a soft tissue called a mucous membrane which is covered with cilia or microscopic moving "hairs". Cilia actively clear the nose and sinuses of dust, pollen, and irritants that get stuck on the mucous membranes after inhaling air. In addition to cleaning inhaled air, the nose warms and humidifies the air we breathe. Swelling or inflammation of the nasal and sinus lining occurs with exposure to environmental irritants and viruses and can overwhelm the body's natural defenses, making possible a bacterial infection of the sinuses known as sinusitis. Nearly 50 million Americans are affected by sinus disorders annually. Some patients may suffer from repeated sinus infections also known as recurrent sinusitis, usually defined as 4 or more sinus infections per year, or may suffer from continuous sinus infection symptoms also known as chronic sinusitis and usually defined as having sinus infection symptoms lasting more than 3 months. Along with sinus disorders, we also treat a variety of conditions affecting the nose.
Some of the nose & sinus conditions we commonly treat are:
- Allergies & Hay Fever
- Nasal Congestion
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Recurrent Nosebleed
- Sinus Infection
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Recurrent Sinusitis
- Taste & Smell Disorders
- Non-Invasive Sinus Procedures
- Recurrent & Chronic Tear Duct Infections
Though we often take our ability to swallow and speak for granted, many people have difficulty with these simple tasks and may experience pain, discomfort and lack of control when trying to speak. Our doctors provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders and are specially trained to help you restore function in your voice. We also treat many other throat related conditions.
Some of the throat conditions we commonly treat are:
- Throat Reflux or Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPRD)
- Sore Throat
- Swallowing Disorders
- Recurrent Tonsillitis
- Chronic Tonsillitis, including Tonsil Stones
Head & Neck
Head and neck describes a general area of interest that includes most of our main senses, hearing, sight, sense of smell, and taste, as well as the physical structure of our head, face and neck. At Bridger ENT, we help diagnose and treat disorders of these senses, as well as treat disfigurement, deformity or trauma to the head, face and neck. Form and function are our primary concerns, therefore, our surgical treatments merge the best surgical correction with the best cosmetic result.
Some of the head & neck conditions we commonly treat are:
- Facial Fractures
- Nasal Fractures
- Head, Face, and Neck Lacerations
- Facial Pain and Headache
- Temporomandibular Dysfunction or TMD