Welcome to pediatric ENT care at Colorado ENT Specialists! Our board-certified ENT physicians provide expert care to even our smallest patients, newborns and children in Parker and the Denver metro area. At Colorado ENT Specialists we understand the unique needs of our pediatric patients and take this into account in how we approach the specialized care provided to these younger patients. We have special expertise in providing care to children with special needs, treatment of congenital hearing loss, cleft palate, and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.
Newborn Hearing Screening
It is important that a newborn’s hearing is tested before they leave the hospital or after a home birth. To be sure hearing loss is identified, hospitals in Colorado are required to provide a hearing screen prior to discharge. Identifying hearing problems and taking action as early as possible gives every baby the best possible chance to develop normal hearing, speech, and language development.
When initial screening is abnormal it does not always mean your baby has hearing loss. When initial testing is abnormal it is important to have follow-up testing to identify the issue. The follow-up testing is more extensive and can confirm whether your baby has hearing loss or not.
At Colorado ENT Specialists we can perform this specialized testing on your baby. This testing is called Auditory Brainstem Response testing or ABR and is performed by our experienced pediatric trained audiologists. If testing is irregular, our physicians will evaluate your baby to diagnose possible causes of hearing loss and recommend further testing and treatment. Our physicians and audiologists at Colorado ENT Specialists, work together to recommend and coordinate rehabilitative services and care for your baby's hearing, speech, and language development.
Chronic Ear Infections
Ear infections are very common in children, with nearly half having three infections by age six. Ear infections are due to frequent colds or upper respiratory infections, as well as, the anatomy of the Eustachian tube in children. Colds or upper respiratory infections also lead to increased mucus production and swelling that blocks the Eustachian tube.
A single ear infection that resolves is generally not a long-term concern. However, frequent or chronic infections often lead to persistent fluid resting behind the eardrum which may produce a temporary hearing loss. This can have a significant effect on the child's speech and language development.
The physicians at Colorado ENT Specialists preform a comprehensive evaluation of children with chronic ear infections. This would include a thorough review of the child's history of ear infections including treatments and outcomes. Hearing testing, if necessary, can be performed by our experienced pediatric trained audiologists. Based on evaluation of the above information, our physicians will provide recommendations regarding treatment options for your child.
Ear tubes are placed surgically under general anesthesia. The procedure is very short, lasting only about 10 minutes, and is performed as an outpatient surgery. The tube functions to prevent fluid from accumulating behind the eardrum. When a tube is present during an ear infection, it can act as a pathway to administer local antibiotic eardrops and resolve the infection without the need for oral antibiotics.
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can have a dramatic impact on a child's ability to develop normal speech and language. Hearing loss may occur from a variety of reasons including, something as simple as wax in the ear canal to more serious diseases of the inner ear. Due to the impact normal hearing has on children's speech and language development, it is important to identify and treat hearing loss in children promptly.
At Colorado ENT Specialists, our physicians provide several services to thoroughly assess your child's hearing and development. Our highly trained pediatric audiologists are experienced in testing children's hearing and identifying issues. Our team is ready to support you and your family!
Pediatric Sinusitis and Balloon Sinuplasty
For many years it was said that children cannot get sinus infections because they do not have sinuses. However, children do have sinuses when born, although very small. Sinuses develop fairly quickly in children, such that at a year of age children can develop a sinus infection. Most sinus infections in children began with a cold or viral upper respiratory infection, however they can also develop as a result of allergies.
Symptoms may include:
Upper respiratory cold symptoms that persist or increase after 10-14 days which may include:
Most sinus infections will initially be evaluated by your child's PCP. Treatment may include antibiotics, however many sinus infections clear on their own without the need for antibiotic therapy. It is often difficult to determine the difference between a viral upper respiratory infection and a cold, versus that of a sinus infection. When sinus infections become very frequent or persistent it may be time to consider evaluation by an ENT specialist.
Our Colorado ENT physicians have extensive experience in treating pediatric sinusitis. Evaluation beyond the initial history and physical examination may include, telescopic viewing of the nasal cavity, lab testing for allergies and/or x-rays, including a CT examination. Based on this information, our physicians can recommend the best ongoing treatment.
- Persistent cough - often worse at night
- Severe nasal congestion
- Persistent runny nose often with colored secretions
- Headache or facial pain
At times surgery may be recommended depending on the severity of the situation. In children with chronic sinus issues this may include removal of the adenoid as well as surgery on the sinuses. In the past, sinus surgery involved removal of tissue and bone to drain the sinuses. With great advances in technology there is now a non-invasive procedure to drain the sinuses and help prevent future sinus issues. This procedure is called balloon sinuplasty . In this procedure a small plastic tube is inserted into the sinus opening. Within the plastic tube is a balloon that gently inflates to stretch the sinus opening. The balloon is then deflated and removed. This procedure is non-invasive, safe, and very effective in children.
ENT problems are very common in children and especially in children with multiple medical problems. Many of these special needs children have multiple and unique ENT issues.
- Down syndrome
- Cleft palate
- Craniofacial abnormalities
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Our ENT Physicians provide medical and surgical care of the ear, nose, throat and other related areas of the head and neck for infants, children and adults.
We provide expertise in the following conditions:
- Nose and Sinus - Comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of the nose and paranasal sinuses, including image-guided and minimally invasive sinus surgery as well as balloon sinuplasty.
- Laryngology (voice) - Treatment of hoarseness, vocal cord paralysis, nodules and other voice and swallowing disorders.
- Otology (ear) - Treatment of otitis media (ear infection), eardrum perforation and other disorders of the ear.
- Vertigo (balance disorders) and Dizziness - Specialized balance testing and vestibular rehabilitation to help restore balance.
- Sleep Apnea (breathing difficulties) and Snoring - A wide variety of procedures for treating sleep apnea and snoring.
- Head and Neck Oncology (cancer) - Treatment of head and neck tumors, including skin cancer and cancers of the thyroid, parathyroid, larynx, pharynx and oral cavity.
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - We perform facial plastic surgeries including rhinoplasty (nose surgery), reconstruction for traumatic injury and treatment for tumors.
As a division of the Centura Health system, we are electronically connected, through our electronic medical records, to all Centura Health hospitals and employed physicians. This allows us instant access to test results, and the ability to coordinate care with other treating physicians.
Suffering from allergies or sinus issues? Take our sinus symptoms quiz.
Welcome to the Audiology department at Colorado ENT Specialists. Our Audiologists provide exceptional hearing health care to both pediatric and adult patients. We specialize in hearing evaluations, hearing aid services, and balance testing. Our medical model approach integrates audiology (hearing) and otolaryngology (ENT services), providing a complete circle of hearing care for our patients. Our values of strength, compassion, hope, innovation, and expertise are strongly represented in our commitment to patient care.
Our services include:
- Hearing evaluations
- Assessments for balance disorders
- Hearing aid consultations and fittings
- Hearing aid evaluations and repairs
- Custom ear molds (noise protection, musicians, swimming)
- Newborn hearing evaluations
We have provided a list of educational website resources we believe provide informative and beneficial information for our patients. Our team is happy to expand on topics covered below and provide additional resources if needed.
- American Academy of Audiology
- American Speech-Language, Hearing Association
- American Tinnitus Association
Suffering from hearing issues? Take our hearing test.
What is an allergy?
People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a typically harmless substance in the environment. This substance is called an allergen-examples include pollen, mold, trees or weeds. Once you are exposed to an allergen through swallowing or inhaling, your body stimulates a series of events, creating an allergy reaction.
Once your body experiences an allergy reaction, antibodies are produced and bind to the allergen. Histamine, the main chemical produced, causes your allergy symptoms.
Allergy Treatment Options
There are several different treatment options available to treat your seasonal allergies. It is important to avoid irritants that trigger your seasonal allergies, such as pollen, plants, weeds or mold. Because pollen counts vary by geographic location, it is beneficial to track pollen counts in your area. Typically your local news station provides this helpful information.
Medications including anti-histamines, decongestants, nasal spray, and eye drops are also beneficial in treating your symptoms. Allergy testing is also an option and can help in identifying specific allergens that your body reacts to. Our physicians at Colorado ENT Specialists are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the different treatment options available for allergies. Please call our office to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing allergy symptoms. We are here to help!