Our Services

What does an Ear Nose and Throat Doctor Treat?

Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians. Below are some of the areas of expertise of an ENT physician.

Pediatric ENT:

Ear infections, swimmers ear, ear foreign bodies, tonsil and adenoid infections, snoring and sleep apnea, airway problems, allergy, sinus disease, neck masses

Otology:

Hearing loss, ear infections, ear drum perforations (hole in the eardrum), ear wax, cholesteatoma, balance disorders and dizziness, ear ringing (tinnitus), facial and cranial nerve disorders, Congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear

Rhinology:

Chronic sinusitis, allergies and sense of smell, deviated septum, broken nose, tumors of the nose and sinuses

Head and Neck:

Both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, and thyroid; facial trauma, and deformities of the face.

Laryngology:

Throat and swallowing disorders, hoarseness, chronic larygitis, vocal cord lesions, vocal cord paralysis

Facial Plastic Surgery:

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, including rhinoplasty, face lift, botox injection, Moh's reconstruction

Other:

Snoring and sleep apnea

What is an Audiologist?

An Audiologist is a health care professional trained in the assessment and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Below are the services available at Great Hills ENT.

Hearing testing for pediatric and adult patients:

Standard diagnoistic testing for pediatric and adult patients including  visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), conditioned play audiometry (CPA), and otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing.

Hearing aid consultation and fitting:

We provide sophisticated solutions for both adult and pediatric populations. Current manufacturers include: GN Resound, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Starkey and Widex

Tinnitus Management:

Tinnitus assessment to determine side as well as frequency and intensity of the tinnitus (ringing in the ears). We also provide therapeutic management for those who qualify.

Neurophysiologic Assessment:

ABR and in-house Sedated ABR testing for newborns with failed hearing screenings as well as the hard to test populations, ECochG testing for Meniere's disease

Balance Assessment:

Videonystagmography (VNG), video head impulse testing (vHIT), computerized dynamic posturography testing, and Physical Therapy Assessment for dizziness and balance

Other:

Custom ear plugs for musicians, noise and water protection, assisted listening devices (amplified telephones, alarm clocks, t.v. ears etc.)

 

Patient Education

Read below to learn about some of the common problems that we see and treat. Please remember that information from this website does not constitute communication with the physician. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.


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. Read More »


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. Read More »


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. Read More »


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. Read More »


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. Read More »


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.Read More »


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.Read More »


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.Read More »


Great Hills ENT is located in Austin, TX. Mark Brown is an otolaryngologist specializing in diseases and disorders of the head and neck, most commonly the ears, nose and throat. Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS diagnoses and treats head and throat problems such as sinusitis, sleep apnea, allergies, outer ear infections, dizziness, and laryngitis. Paige Peterson, AuD, PhD  and Sabrina Marciante, AuD, FAAA are audiologists specializing in hearing loss, tinnitus, balance/dizziness and neurophysiological disorders in both children and adults. For patients with hearing loss, state-of-the-art hearing aids and tinnitus treatment solutions are available. Great Hills Ear, Nose and Throat is proud to provide patient-centered healthcare to the communities of Central Texas including Austin,the Arboretum, Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Westlake Hills, Bee Caves, Lago Vista and Point Venture.