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State of the Art Surgical Procedures

When surgery is required, our physicians use state-of-the-art surgical procedures. In fact, they were among the first physicians in South Texas to introduce the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery to relieve chronic sinus problems. An outpatient procedure, it is an alternative to traditional sinus surgery which results in less pain and faster recovery.

The physicians at Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi were also among the first in the Southwest to be specially trained in a breakthrough snoring treatment called laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). Performed in the office, LAUP cures snoring in approximately 85% of patients and significantly reduces the level of snoring for the other 15 percent.

Among the other surgical procedures performed by our physicians are facial plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, and ear surgery.


Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi offers a full array of ear, nose and throat services to help you stay healthy. You can read more on this page about specific services.

Audiology

Our licensed audiologists are dedicated to providing quality hearing health care. We offer complete hearing evaluations and treatment for adults, children, and infants. Advanced diagnostic testing, including nerve function, middle ear and balance testing, is also available when requested by the physician.

If appropriate, the audiologist can fit hearing aids and assistive listening devices using state-of-the-art computerized technology. Protective hearing devices are also available for people whose work or recreation involves high levels of potentially damaging noise exposure.

Allergy

Our staff of allied health professionals includes licensed and experienced allergy nurses who are a vital part of our healthcare team.

Under the supervision of a physician, their responsibilities include the performance of intracutaneous tests with allergenic extracts to determine patients allergy sensitivities, the preparation of antigen dose vials, and the injection of patients with antigens for allergen immunotherapy.
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Breathing Problems

The nose serves three primary functions: to warm, humidify and filter air as it passes into the body. Breathing problems may impact one or multiple of these functions. Breathing problems can be temporary or chronic, mild or severe, but they usually increase with age.
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Xoran Minicat Scanner

Ear, Nose, & Throat Associates of Corpus Christi was one of the first medical practices to have its own, on-site computed tomography (CT) system. An important diagnostic tool, the CT Scanner enables our physicians to diagnose uncertain complaints more quickly and economically in our office setting, rather than having to refer you to outside facilities.

Cleft Palate

Cleft palate/cleft lip are the most common types of birth defects. About one baby in 2,000 is born with a cleft palate and one in 1,000 is born with a cleft lip. Cleft palate/cleft lips occur when the two sides of either the roof of the mouth (palate) or the lips fail to fuse together in the embryo.
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Dizziness

The inner ear serves two purposes: hearing and balance. There are mechanisms in the ear that inform the brain about your position, orientation in space and movement and all times — to keep you in balance. A false sensation of spinning or whirling, known as vertigo, can occur when the signal to the brain is blocked or misfires.
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Ear Infection

The ear is made up of three sections: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Each of these areas is susceptible to infections, which can be painful. Young children have a greater tendency to get earaches. While most ear pain resolves itself in a matter of days, you should get a physical examination to understand the type of infection, prevent it from spreading and obtain treatment to help alleviate the pain.
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Earwax

Earwax, known as cerumen, is part of the ear's natural process to keep dust and dirt from reaching the eardrum. Normally, dust and dirt are trapped in the earwax, which then dries up and falls out of the ear. But some people experience a build up of earwax, which causes a blockage that reduces hearing.
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Head and Neck Cancers

Most head and neck cancers are relatively preventable since they are highly correlated with tobacco use and alcohol consumption. They are also generally curable if caught early. Symptoms to watch out for include pain swallowing, trouble breathing, ear pain, a lump in the neck that lasts longer than two weeks, a growth in the mouth and bleeding from the mouth, nose or throat.
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Hearing Loss

Hearing loss has a lot of different causes and manifestations. It can be sudden or gradual. It can occur in one ear or both ears. It can be temporary or permanent. It happens to people of all ages and is associated with the aging process. Before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss, it is important to understand how hearing works.
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Mouth Sores

There are a variety of sores that can occur in or around the mouth. Most are benign, but some may be indicative of cancer.
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Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Cancer of the lining of the nasal cavity and throat is known as nasopharyngeal cancer. This cancer usually appears in tandem with a virus affiliated with infectious mononucleosis. Because this cancer frequently spreads to the lymph nodes, it is often diagnosed from of a lump or swelling in the neck.
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Nose Injury

Falls. Sports and recreation activities. Accidents. These can all be causes of nose injuries. Most nose injuries involve bruising, swelling and pain, whether or not the nose is broken.
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Oral Cancers

Oral cancers appear as red or white patches of mouth tissue or small ulcers that look like a canker sores, but are painless. Oral cancers usually form on the tongue or floor of the mouth, but can occur on any tissue in and around the mouth.
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Snoring/Sleep Apnea

Snoring is a noise produced during sleep that originates in the back of the throat or nose. Snoring occurs when the muscles in the back of the mouth, tongue and throat relax while sleeping, which narrows or blocks the airway. Breathing causes your uvula (soft palate) to vibrate and knock against the back of the throat, resulting in the snoring sound.
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Sore Throat

Everyone experiences sore throats when they have a cold or flu. But there are other reasons for sore throats that may be symptomatic of more serious problems.
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Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is usually recognized by thyroid nodules or swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter). A benign thyroid nodule is called an adenoma. Diagnostic techniques used to identify thyroid cancer are ultrasound, fine needle biopsy, nuclear medicine or CT scan.
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Thyroid Problems

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that resides at the base of the neck and produces hormones that regulate metabolism (how the body converts food into energy). Abnormal production of thyroid hormones results in thyroid disease.
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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a ringing or swishing noise in one or both ears that originates inside the ear or head. Most people will experience tinnitus at some juncture in their lives. While it is not harmful, the sound can be disturbing, particularly in chronic cases.
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