For over 60 years, our board-certified physicians have been providing the highest quality medical care for infants to adults suffering from issues relating to the ears, nose, and throat. With locations in Macon and Warner Robins, you will find that our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible patient experience and excellence in otolaryngology care.
Audiometric exams (hearing test)
An audiometric exam tests a patients’ hearing using an audiometer, which is an electronic device used in measuring hearing for pure tones of frequencies, generally varying from 250-8,000 Hz, as well as speech comprehension abilities (recorded in terms of decibels). This evaluation allows for determination of type, degree, and severity of hearing loss.
Ear tubes are often recommended when a person experiences repeated middle ear infections (acute otitis media) or has hearing loss caused by the persistent presence of middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion). These conditions most commonly occur in children, but can also be present in teens and adults and can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, or changes in the structure of the middle ear system.
Children require hearing in order to acquire proper speech and language skills. With hearing loss, children are at risk of not developing proper speech and language abilities. The sooner hearing loss is identified, proper amplification can be fit and the child will then have access to speech and language.
Our audiologists can test infants within the first few days of life following a referred hearing test after birth.
Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) testing assesses the cochlea’s function. This simple test can be done with the child awake or asleep. It allows us to determine what frequencies the child can hear.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing assesses the threshold of hearing at the level of the brainstem and the integrity of the hearing nerve. This test can be performed while the child is asleep or under sedation.
We gladly test children who require hearing assessments for school and speech therapy.
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that replaces damaged cochlear structures in individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from conventional hearing aids. It is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear (sound processor). Unlike a hearing aid, the device bypasses damaged parts of the auditory system and directly stimulates the nerve of hearing, allowing individuals who are profoundly hearing impaired to receive sound and improve their understanding abilities.
A bone conduction hearing aid (Baha or Ponto) is an option for patients with conductive, mixed or single sided sensorineural hearing loss in one ear and normal hearing in the opposite ear. The device is implanted behind the poor ear and transmits the sound through bone conduction to the better ear. This is available for children (ages 5 and older for surgical placement) and adults.
Reconstructive ear surgery
Please contact The ENT Center for more details.
Blockage of the Eustachian tube during a cold, allergy, or upper respiratory infection, and the presence of bacteria or viruses lead to a build-up of pus and mucus behind the eardrum. This infection is called acute otitis media (ear infections). Ear infections are most common in young children, but occasionally affect adults. They can result in hearing loss, so it is important to see your physician right away.
Feeling unsteady or dizzy can be caused by many factors such as poor circulation, inner ear disease, medication usage, injury, infection, allergies, and/or neurological disease. Dizziness is treatable, but it is important for your doctor to help you determine the cause so that the correct treatment is implemented.
Georgia Hearing Institute has doctoral level audiologists providing the most up-to-date hearing aid technology available to our patients, both children and adults. Our audiologists complete a comprehensive audiologic evaluation and a lifestyle assessment to determine the most appropriate hearing aid for you.
We offer traditional hearing aids from several different manufacturers as well as the extended wear hearing aid, The Lyric. Our hearing aid styles include very small in-the-ear hearing aids, receiver in the ear hearing aids, and behind-the-ear hearing aids.
Allergies testing and treatment
The ENT Center of Central Georgia has seven board certified physicians who are fully capable of handling any allergy issue from children to geriatrics. Our physicians use a conservative approach to treating allergies, beginning with medical treatment by way of medications based on the patient’s history and medical examination. Learn more.
Each year thousands of people undergo surgery of the nose. Nasal surgery may be performed for cosmetic purposes, or a combination procedure to improve both form and function. It also may alleviate or cure nasal breathing problems, correct deformities from birth or injury, or support an aging, drooping nose.
If your doctor thinks you have chronic sinusitis, intensive antibiotic therapy may be prescribed. Surgery is sometimes necessary to remove physical obstructions that may contribute to sinusitis. Surgery should be considered only if medical treatment fails or if there is a nasal obstruction that cannot be corrected with medications. The type of surgery is chosen to best suit the patient and the disease.
Acute bacterial sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities caused by bacteria. It usually is preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants. Unlike a cold, or allergy, bacterial sinusitis requires a physician’s diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic to cure the
infection and prevent future complications.
Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. An otolaryngologist can help you to determine where the anatomic source of your snoring may be, and offer solutions for this noisy and often embarrassing behavior.
Snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to upper airway narrowing or collapse. This results in lower amounts of oxygen in the blood, which causes the heart to work harder. It also causes disruption of the natural sleep cycle, which makes people feel poorly rested despite adequate time in bed. Apnea patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night.
Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) is a new FDA approved treatment for a subset of patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who are unable or unwilling to use CPAP. In contrast to CPAP, Inspire therapy works inside the body and with a patient’s natural breathing process. The fully implanted system includes a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead. An external handheld Inspire sleep remote is used to turn the therapy on before bed and off upon waking. When activated, Inspire therapy senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open during sleep. To learn more, visit www.inspiresleep.com.
The nose is an area of the body that contains many tiny blood vessels (or arterioles) that can break easily. If frequent nosebleeds are a problem, it is important to consult an otolaryngologist who can examine your nose and recommend a treatment option.
Nasal fractures can affect both bone and cartilage. A collection of blood (called a septal hematoma) can sometimes form on the nasal septum, and it’s important to have your physician check for this. If you suspect your nose may be broken, see an otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon within one week of the injury.
Removal of the adenoids may be recommended if there are recurrent infections despite antibiotic therapy, and/or difficulty breathing due to enlarged adenoids. Chronic infections of the adenoids can affect other areas such as the Eustachian tube, the passage between the back of the nose and the inside of the ear. This can lead to frequent ear infections and buildup of fluid in the middle ear that may cause temporary hearing loss.
Infections from viruses or bacteria are the main cause of sore throats and can make it difficult to talk and breathe. Allergies and sinus infections can also contribute to a sore throat. Whenever a sore throat is severe, persists longer than the usual five-to-seven day duration of a cold or flu, and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, you should seek medical attention.
Removal of the tonsils may be recommended if there are recurrent infections despite antibiotic therapy, and/or difficulty breathing due to enlarged tonsils.
The primary treatment options for laryngeal cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. Remember that this is a preventable disease in the vast majority of cases, because the main risk factors are associated with modifiable behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse.
Diseases of the thyroid gland are very common, affecting millions of Americans. The most common thyroid problems are an overactive gland, an underactive gland, or thyroid enlargement. If you develop significant swelling in your neck or difficulty breathing or swallowing, you should call your ENT physician or be seen in the emergency room.
As many as 90% of head and neck cancers arise after prolonged exposure to specific risk factors. Use of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or snuff) and alcoholic beverages are the most common cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, and tongue. Prolonged exposure to sunlight is linked with cancer of the lip and is also established as a major cause of skin cancer.
CT scan (Computerized Tomography) imaging
We have a GECT/e dual CT scanner in-office and perform CT scans of the sinuses, brain, neck, chest, and temporal bones. Our CT technician is able to perform multiple types of scans associated with issues pertaining to the ears, nose, and throat. At The ENT Center, we are able to identify and diagnose a multitude of illnesses from sinusitis to cancer. We are accredited through the American College of Radiology.
We offer in-house X-rays at The ENT Center of Central Georgia and are accredited through the American College of Radiology.