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Caring for Your Ear Health in Plano

Conditions that impair ear function can be as minor as earwax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. It is a privilege for Dr. Peskind and his staff to provide you with ear healthcare services. They work diligently to identify your ear ailment and educate you about protecting your hearing and recognizing the signs of hearing disorders. The more common ailments we treat include, but are not limited to:


Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus/ringing in ears or ear noises. These can be intermittent sounds or an annoying continuous sound in one or both ears. Its pitch can go from a low roar to a high squeal or whine. Prior to any treatment, it is important to have a thorough examination and evaluation by your otolaryngologist and audiologist. An essential part of treatment is helping you understand tinnitus and its causes.

Ear Infections

Otitis media is inflammation of the middle ear. When an abrupt infection occurs, the condition is called “acute otitis media.” Acute otitis media occurs when a cold, allergy, and the presence of bacteria or viruses lead to the accumulation of pus and mucus behind the eardrum, blocking the Eustachian tube. This can cause earaches and fever.

To understand ear pain and ear infections, you must first understand the Eustachian tube, a narrow channel connecting the inside of the ear to the back of the throat. This tube allows drainage of fluid from the middle ear, which prevents it from building up and bursting the thin eardrum. In a healthy ear, the fluid drains down the tube and is swallowed.

The tube maintains middle ear pressure equal to the air outside the ear, enabling free eardrum movement. Normally, the tube is collapsed most of the time in order to prevent the many germs residing in the nose and mouth from entering the middle ear. Infection occurs when the Eustachian tube fails to do its job. When the tube becomes partially blocked, fluid accumulates in the middle ear trapping bacteria already present, which then multiply.

A child’s Eustachian tubes are shorter, more horizontal and straighter than adults’. These factors make the journey for the bacteria quick and relatively easy. It also makes it harder for the ear to clear the fluid, since it cannot drain with the help of gravity. A child’s tube is also floppier, with a smaller opening that easily clogs.


The ear is a very delicate and detailed component of your body, consisting of the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum. For that reason, very special and unique care should be given to cleaning the ears. Stop using cotton-tipped swabs for ear cleaning and the routine of probing the ears.

Cerumen or earwax is healthy in normal quantities and acts as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties. An absence of earwax can result in dry, itchy ears. Under normal circumstances ear canals are self-cleaning. There is a slow-moving, orderly migration of earwax and skin cells from the eardrum to the ear opening. Old earwax is regularly transported, assisted by chewing and jaw movement, from the ear canal to the ear opening where it generally dries, flakes and falls out.

Earwax does not collect deeper in the ear canal near the eardrum, but only in the outer one-third of the canal. So if a patient has earwax blockage against the eardrum, it is typically caused by probing the ear with cotton-swabs, bobby pins, toothpicks or turned napkin edges. These items only push the wax in deeper where it can cause serious problems.


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Office Hours - Dr. Peskind

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am-12pm, 1:00 pm-5 pm
Friday, 7:30 am - 12 pm

Office Hours - Enhanced Hearing/Hearing Aids

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 12 pm, 1:00 pm - 5 pm
Friday, 8:00 am - 12 pm

Steven Peskind, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT) and allergy specialist located at 5957 Dallas Parkway, Suite #100 in Plano, TX 75093. Call 972-596-2552 or fax to 972-964-7209.

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