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Ear And Balance Disorders

Memorial Village ENT

ENT Physician & Audiologist located in Houston, TX

No matter what type of problem you experience with your ears and hearing, board-certified ENT physician Conrad McCutcheon, MD, FACS, and the staff audiologist at Memorial Village ENT in Houston, Texas, work together to give you the best possible ear and balance health care. They offer individualized treatment and work closely with you to improve your ability to hear and move safely. If you have questions about ear and balance disorders, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Ear and Balance Disorders Q & A

What ear and balance disorders can I be treated for?

The team at Memorial Village ENT treats the full range of ear and hearing problems, including:

Tinnitus

Also known as ringing in your ears, tinnitus is caused by many conditions, including age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud sounds, and a buildup of earwax.

Balance disorders including vertigo and dizziness

Balance disorders can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. If you have a balance disorder, you may lose your balance frequently and experience vertigo. Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness that makes you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning. While many medical conditions can lead to these symptoms, oftentimes, it is caused by your inner ear malfunctioning. 

Ear pain

Children often experience ear pain due to ear infections, swimmer’s ear, or a perforated eardrum. While adults can have the same problems as children, they’re more likely to have ear pain from sinus infections, dental infections, nerve problems, and temporomandibular joint disorders.  

Hearing loss

Hearing loss may be reversible when it’s caused by an earwax buildup, eardrum damage, or ear infections. However, hearing loss is more often permanent when it arises from age-related hearing loss and exposure to loud sounds.

What should I expect during my evaluation for an ear or balance disorder?

At Memorial Village ENT, your care begins with a complete diagnostic audiometric evaluation performed by our licensed audiologist, followed by a thorough examination by Dr. McCutcheon, an experienced otolaryngologist. During an evaluation for ear and balance disorders, you’ll undergo one or more tests, such as:

  • Pure tone test
  • Bone conduction test
  • Tuning fork test
  • Speech and word recognition test
  • Tympanometry 
  • Auditory brainstem response test
  • Acoustic reflex measurements
  • Otoacoustic emissions


These tests evaluate all aspects of hearing, from hearing sensitivity and hearing problems in your inner ear to the severity of your hearing loss.

How are ear and balance disorders treated?

Your treatment is based on your unique hearing problem and its underlying cause. The team at Memorial Village ENT explores all the possible treatment options — from medical solutions to hearing aids — and develops a plan that’s best for you.

You’ll receive comprehensive care, such as:

  • Medical treatment for underlying conditions
  • Hearing aid fitting and dispensing
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Custom earmolds to protect you from noise and loud music
  • Swimming molds to keep water out of your ears
  • Comprehensive aural rehabilitation
  • Full-service hearing aid maintenance and repair


Patients receive holistic care designed to enhance both their hearing health problems and their quality of life. To receive exceptional care for any ear or balance disorder, call Memorial Village ENT or book an appointment online today.