As an 18-month-old, Delaney experienced chronic, severe ear infections that damaged her hearing, which in turn delayed her language development. She was in pain, couldn’t sleep and was frustrated trying to communicate and not being understood.
But someone did understand. The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) team knew that she heard only muffled voices. They took into account everything about Delaney and her family, including the fact that no one in the family was getting a good night’s sleep, mom’s concerns about how she would react to surgery, and the speech therapy Delaney would need at this important stage in her development.
The team came through with a treatment plan that considered much more than the surgery she needed. It included an audiology assessment, speech therapy and assistance from her ENT nurse practitioner who explained what mom needed to know. Delaney is now a bright, confident first grader who talks about becoming a police officer (this week, anyway).
Accurate diagnosis, a recognized Mayo Clinic strength
Medicine is as much art as science. Diagnosing hearing, sinus, thyroid and other head or neck conditions is often a puzzle. That’s why we seek to fully understand not only symptoms and history but also people’s life challenges, emotional health and support systems.
Remarkable skill in ear and sinus surgery
Known for exceptional outcomes, our skilled ENT surgeons are often asked by other health system providers to take on challenging sinus cases or revise unsuccessful surgeries. Image-guided sinus surgery is precise and the results are often life-changing.
The ENT team is extraordinarily accomplished in the use of advanced surgical techniques where hairline accuracy is not quite good enough. One involves implanting a titanium prosthetic that transmits sound, replacing a tiny bone. Nationally, the procedure typically restores hearing to within 10 dB of the hearing threshold, which is where you can hear a pin drop. We are often able to restore hearing within 5 dB of the threshold, the point at which you can hear your own breathing.
Healing comes from listening
- The ENT team saw a frustrated teenager with a bedwetting problem. A long conversation along with tests uncovered sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils.
- A withdrawn, unhappy boy was transformed by sinus surgery. His entire personality changed. The skinny kid with no appetite became a happy foodie.
- After months of physical therapy and prescriptions for neck pain, a middle-aged man turned to the team, who found and removed a parotid tumor.
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|Quintin Cappelle, M.D.|
|David Valencia, M.D.|
Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner
Certified Nurse Specialist