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Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor Yakima WA

Local resource for ear, nose and throat doctors in Yakima. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to audiologists, ear specialists, hearing loss assistance and hearing aids, as well as advice and content on hearing loss specialists and services.

James I Abbenhaus
(509) 575-7500
307 S 12th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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Palmer P Wright
(509) 453-5300
3999 Englewood Ave Ste 201
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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Palmer Wright, Do
(509) 453-5300
3999 ENGLEWOOD AVE #201
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology, Surgery - Maxillofacial, Surgery - Plastic and Reconstructive
Associated Hospitals
E.N.T.-Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Pllc.

Eric T Waterman MD
(425) 656-4200
4033 Talbot Rd S
Renton, WA
Specialties
Otolaryngology

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Karen Lin
(206) 389-7100
10330 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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Robert P Schefter
(509) 575-1000
1005 W Walnut St
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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See Young Chris Yang
(509) 972-2028
311 S 72nd Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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Jonathan Chinn MD
(206) 789-1828
1551 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Otolaryngology

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Christine M Puig
(253) 833-6241
310 6th St Ne
Auburn, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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John T Parker
(425) 775-6651
21616 76th Ave W
Edmonds, WA
Specialty
Otolaryngology

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Finding the Right Doctor for Sudden Hearing Loss and Other Ear Problems

© August 2004 (revised October 2008) by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

Question: I woke up this morning completely deaf in one ear. I went to my primary care physician and he gave me some drops for my ear and told me to come back in two weeks if my hearing doesn't come back. This doesn't sound like he is treating my hearing loss as a medical emergency. What should I do?—S. D.

Answer: A lot of people ask the same questions: "What kind of a doctor should I go to when I experience sudden hearing loss?" and, "What is the most effective treatment?"

If you make the wrong choice and don't get effective treatment immediately when you should, you may condemn yourself to a life of permanent hearing loss. Thus you need to take action to get the treatment you need, when you need it.

"Cry Wolf" or Die—Take Your Pick

Far too many people relate to me how they went to their family doctors and because their doctors did not recognize the emergency nature of their hearing losses, their doctors did not give them the immediate, effective treatment they really needed. Instead, their doctors often took a "wait and see" attitude. As a result, these patients ended up with permanent hearing loss. Don't let this happen to you.

Sudden hearing loss can result from many different conditions. Some are medical emergencies and others are not—just like having a heart attack is a medical emergency and heartburn is not. The trick sometimes is telling which is which since heartburn can be one of the symptoms of a heart attack.

You may feel foolish calling an ambulance and being rushed to the hospital only to discover it was heartburn and not a heart attack. However, doctors and paramedics would rather you call them first—and find out later it wasn't a medical emergency—instead of waiting to be sure, and die in the process.

The same holds true with your ears. Sudden hearing loss could be caused by something as simple as putting your hearing aid on and thereby pushing some wax further down your ear canal so it blocks sounds from reaching your eardrum. Voila! Instant deafness. This is not a medical emergency.

In contrast, you may wake up one morning with no hearing in one ear. Chances are this is a medical emergency and you should seek effective treatment now!

In a recent email to me, one lady wrote: "Doctors do not know how to treat sudden hearing loss. I wrote my primary care physician a letter about this and sent him your article with it entitled: Sudden Hearing Loss Is A Medical Emergency . When I went to see him, he was afraid to call it an emergency and get me an appointment with an ear specialist, as someone might think he was 'crying wolf' and thus wouldn't believe him in the future if it was not a 'real' emergency."

This is a valid and very real concern of doctors—especially primary care physicians w...

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