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Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing

A to Z: Bullous Myringitis

Learn about bullous myringitis, an infection of the tympanic membrane (eardrum).

Adenoids and Adenoidectomy

Adenoids trap germs, so sometimes they swell while fighting an infection. If they get infected, tonsils and adenoids might be removed in a surgery at the same time.


Anotia is when a baby’s ear doesn’t form normally, so the baby is born with the outer part of their ear missing.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test is a safe and painless test that gives health care providers information about possible hearing loss.

Auditory Processing Disorder

Kids with APD can't understand what they hear in the same way other kids do. That's because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate. But early diagnosis and a variety of strategies can help them.

Aural Atresia

Aural atresia is a condition that happens before birth in which a baby’s ear canal doesn’t form. It causes hearing loss, but treatments can help most children hear better.

Balance Disorders

Most kids stumble and fall from time to time, but a child who often loses their balance might have a balance disorder.


A cholesteatoma is a growth behind the eardrum that can damage the bones of the middle ear. Treating it can help prevent hearing loss.

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants can help many kids with severe hearing loss. Find out how they work and who can get them.

Constricted Ears

Constricted ears is when the outer part of the ear is either wrinkled, folded, or flat. They don’t cause any medical problems, but if parents or the child want the ears fixed, treatments can help.