Sheridan Ear, Nose & Throat
Scott N. Bateman, MD
Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor & Allergy Specialist located in Sheridan, WY
Hearing loss, ringing or noise in the ears, runny nose, sinusitis, wax build-ups: these are some of the needs common with seniors. Dr. Bateman takes the time to adjust to the unique needs of these patients, with counseling and friendly care. At Sheridan Ear, Nose & Throat, Scott Bateman, MD, helps those in Sheridan, Wyoming, get the care they need. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about senior otolaryngology services, call to set up an appointment or use the secure online booking tool.
Senior Care Q & A
What are some issues specific to seniors?
Older men and women have a different set of ear, nose, and throat needs than those who are younger. Addressing those needs can be essential to enjoying daily routines and living a fulfilling life.
Some of the otolaryngology issues that older Americans can face include:
- Head and neck cancers
- Difficulty swallowing
- Voice loss
- Sleep disorders
As you age, your immune system often declines, and your body goes through a range of changes. Ear, nose, and throat problems can develop or worsen as you age. This fact is why it is essential to have a skilled provider on your side as you face your senior years.
What can be done to treat hearing loss?
The first step in addressing hearing loss is a thorough diagnostic work-up. Dr. Bateman offers the latest testing techniques to determine the cause and extent of your hearing problems. The practice even has a soundproof booth to assist in the diagnostic process.
Structural issues within the ear cause some hearing loss. Dr. Bateman can perform surgery to correct those problems or can place small tubes to improve ear drainage.
Hearing aids are another option and have helped many men and women feel more connected to the world around them. Sheridan Ear, Nose & Throat offers many types and styles of hearing aids and can help you find the right product for your needs and lifestyle.
Some of today’s hearing aids are so small they’re virtually undetectable. Other options are worn behind the ear. If you require hearing aids, rest assured there’s a solution that can fit your needs comfortably.
What is professional ear wax removal?
Ear wax, or cerumen, is a waxy substance that your body creates to protect your ears. While people may think of ear wax in a negative light, it offers antibacterial and lubricating benefits.
Typically, the motions made during chewing and other movements of your jaw move old ear wax through your ear canal and out of your ear. However, some men and women seem to produce more ear wax or can’t remove it from the ear canal.
Professional ear wax removal is an option that can eliminate excess ear wax without compromising the health of your ears. This option is great for seniors, as trying to remove ear wax on your own can lead to severe complications that can threaten your hearing.
Ear wax removal takes very little time and isn’t a painful process. It can be performed as a stand-alone service or during an appointment for hearing tests or hearing aid fitting.
To learn more about how Sheridan Ear, Nose & Throat can help seniors get the care they need, book an appointment today. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call or stop by the office to schedule your visit.