Ear Tubes to Treat Chronic Childhood Ear Infections

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Chronic Childhood Ear Infections
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An expert in treating nose, ear, and throat conditions, otolaryngologist Dr. William B. Clark practices in northwest Florida. As well as evaluating patients’ symptoms, Dr. William B. Clark performs surgeries such as the insertion of ear tubes to relieve pressure.

The majority of kids have experienced a viral or bacterial ear infection before they turn five. In many cases, these common conditions resolve themselves on their own. However, sometimes they become a chronic problem and cause ongoing ear pain and difficulty hearing. As a result, these children might experience trouble sleeping, difficulties in school, or behavioral issues. Trouble with speech or balance may also occur.

If a child is experiencing these symptoms, a doctor might recommend that the child get ear tubes, which can decrease the likelihood of future infections as well as the risk of hearing loss. The procedure, which over a half million children receive each year, typically takes about fifteen minutes while the patient is under general anesthesia. Afterward, the patient usually experiences little discomfort, and hearing issues caused by fluid in the middle ear go away right away. However, other problems, such as problems related to speaking and maintaining balance, may take a few weeks or months to resolve. A doctor can provide more information on the ear tube insertion procedure, as well as its potential benefits and risks.


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Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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