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3400 N Tarrant Pkwy, Suite 120,
Fort Worth, TX 76117

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Magazine's 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 Best Doctors! On behalf of everyone at D Magazine Partners, your patients, and the rest of the city, we thank you for making Dallas an even better (and healthier) place to live.

Hearing preservation middle fossa approach for intracanalicular vestibular schwannoma in a NF2 patient

Hearing preservation is a cornerstone in the management of intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas. This video demonstrates a middle fossa approach to an intracanalicular schwannoma and highlights some technical and anatomical nuances relevant to the procedure. The patient had sustained hearing preservation in the postoperative period. There are potential benefits in favor of the middle fossa when the tumor reaches the fundus of the internal auditory canal, but the surgeon’s individual experience plays a decisive role in the choice of approach.

Published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Neurosurgical Focus

Publication and Full Video


To be published in October in Journal of Neurosurgery: Neurosurgical Focus.

The Masking Dilemma

March 02, 2021 In the News

In recognition of World Hearing Day, March 3, the American Academy of Audiology’s Health-Care Relations Committee wants to share some helpful information and tips to manage wearing a mask and communicating with patients.

By Katharine A. Williams, Rebecca Henning, Jessica Spratt Novak, Margaret Kettler, Brittany Kyzer, and Emily Venskytis

The masking dilemma. We know it is imperative that we wear masks to protect our health and stop the spread of COVID-19, but no one is addressing what wearing a mask is doing to our ability to communicate, especially when the person has a hearing loss.

The Mask Dilemma

Be sure to check the Annual Noisy Toys List before doing your holiday shopping!

2020 Noisy ToysThe 2020 Annual Noisy Toys List © was recently released by the Sight & Hearing Association. Of the 24 toys test, 14 toys tested louder than 85dB, the level set by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety for mandatory hearing protection.

If a toy on your little ones "must have list" made the noisy toy list, here are some suggestions to keep the toys quieter this holiday season: adjust the volume control to the lowest setting; apply clear packing tape over the speaker of the toy; or remove the batteries.

Noisy Toys List 2020 (PDF)


Posted December 30th, 2020

New years Resolutions, diet, exercise and TinnitusHappy New Year! Diet and Exercise are the most common New Year’s resolutions. What is the relationship between diet, exercise, and tinnitus management? Recent research suggests diet and exercise has a positive impact in dealing with chronic tinnitus. Tinnitus, the perception of phantom sound in the head or ears, is a common symptom experienced by 50 million Americans. “Tinnitus can be perceived as an alarming and bothersome percept; let it be an alarm, rather, a wake-up call to start leading a healthier life and taking care of yourself.”, said Christopher Spankovich, Ph.D., an associate professor and vice chair of research for the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Read the whole article New Year's Resolutions - Relationship between diet, exercise, and tinnitus?

WBC Introduces this Week's “Heroes of Humanity”

June 19 , 2020

We are all facing new challenges due to the Covid-19 World Pandemic and our biggest fight is outside of the ring.

In the history of humanity, the world has suffered and overcome wars, natural catastrophes and pandemics. In the most complicated moments the finest acts of heroism emerge that make us shine.

We proudly present our “Heroes of Humanity” of this week: Dr. Robert Peters and Dr. Yoav Hahn.

Heros of Humanity


Update (April 27th, 2020): The Dallas Ear Institute is committed to your health and safety. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have continued to provide care for our patients through telehealth visits while closely monitoring and adhering to government guidelines. Now that Texas and Dallas County are seeing a downward trend of COVID-19 infections.

We are so incredibly pleased to announce that we will start seeing patients in the office on May 4th!!

To ensure safety of our patients and staff, we ask that patients wear face coverings as recommended by the CDC. In addition, we are encouraging physical distancing by limiting the numbers of patients in the office at one time. Patients have the option to wait in their cars or in the atrium in front of our office for their appointment and one of our staff members will contact them by call or text when the provider is ready to see them. At this time, only the patient is allowed in the office under most circumstances. For children or patients that require a family member, one adult may accompany them to the appointment. Between each patient encounter, the exam room, exam chair, and instruments are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with medical-grade disinfecting solutions. We also maintain stringent handwashing techniques before and after each patient. All providers and staff members are provided with personal protective equipment to lessen potential exposure.

For our more vulnerable patients or patients who prefer to stay home, we will continue to provide care through telemedicine Monday-Friday 8 am-2 pm. Through these virtual visits, we can discuss many symptoms and determine treatment options.

CDC recommendations for face coverings:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Patients can request an appointment online or call 972-566-7600.


Please check our website and Facebook page for future updates.

In this article, Dr. Peters shares his opinion regarding the FDA's recent approval of cochlear implant (CI) technology for single sided deafness (SSD)

Rationale for Moderation in Application of CI to SSD in Children and Adults (PDF)

Why can’t I ignore my tinnitus?!

Roughly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus (TINN-a-tus; or ti-NIGHT-us). Of that 50 million, 20 million report their tinnitus is bothersome while 2 million describe their tinnitus as disabling or nearly disabling. Tinnitus is an invisible source of anguish that is very real and can be life-altering.

Read the whole article Why can't I Ignore my Tinnitus?

What style of hearing aid is right for me?

Hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. Behind the ear or in the ear, large or small… beige, black, or blue. What does an audiologist consider when recommending a hearing aid style for your ear?

Your specific type and degree of hearing loss, individual anatomy, and personal needs have everything to do with it.

Read the whole article What Style of hearing aid is right for me?


Tinnitus is very often a symptom of hearing loss or other medical issue. However, the ringing, buzzing, whooshing, or roaring in the ears can be exacerbated or even triggered by stress. When the tinnitus then causes more stress, this creates a vicious cycle of ringing that causes anxiety that causes ringing!

Read the whole article Does stress cause ringing in my ears?

Is a cochlear implant a type of “high-tech” hearing aid?

No. Hearing aids amplify sound in very sophisticated ways to enable a hearing impaired person to better use the residual hearing they possess. Modern hearing aids are very “high-tech” themselves and can work remarkably well even for patients with severe hearing loss. In order to work effectively the patient must have enough quantity and quality of residual natural hearing with which the hearing aid can work cooperatively.

Read the whole article Is a cochlear implant a type of “high-tech” hearing aid?

Are people with hearing loss more likely to experience falls?

Hearing loss has been associated with a variety of conditions, including dementia, as detailed in our last issue.  Recently, a study from the National Institute on Aging and Johns Hopkins University showed that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for a big problem, especially in the elderly population: falls.

Read the whole article Are people with hearing loss more likely to experience falls?

What’s the difference between a personal sound amplifier (PSA) and a hearing aid?

Thinking about ordering a hearing aid or sound amplifier from a magazine or late-night TV advertiser? Doing so could delay the diagnosis of a treatable or serious ear condition and lead to further hearing loss or other complications.

Read the whole article What's the difference between a personal sound amplifier (PSA) and a hearing aid?


Best Doctors In Dallas

Congratulations Dr. Yoav Hahn on being named one of D Magazine's 2019 Best Doctors! On behalf of everyone at D Magazine Partners, your patients, and the rest of the city, we thank you for making Dallas an even better (and healthier) place to live.

D Magazine Best Doctors In Dallas

Do you hear that? Noises in my ear that no one else hears.

Have you ever heard a sound that no one else hears? You are not alone. There are many sounds that can be heard in the ears or head. Some are benign. Others may be need to be evaluated. All can be concerning if you have never experienced a sound no one else hears.

Read the whole article Noises in my ear

Hearing Protection

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to loud sounds. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), often accompanied by tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, or roaring) may be caused by prolonged exposure to sounds at an unsafe volume (concerts, heavy machinery) or by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound (explosion, gunshot). Nearly 24% of the adult population have features of their hearing test that suggest hearing loss in one or both ears from noise exposure (NIDCD, 2017).

Read the whole article Hearing Protection

Tips for flying from your ear doctor

Flying can be difficult on your ears. Problems that arise during or after flying are helped by understanding them. Your middle ear is an air containing cavity behind your eardrum that requires the pressure to be continually equalized so that the ear drum doesn’t bulge out or retract in (and cause severe pain).

Read the whole article Tips for flying from your ear doctor

Can wearing a hearing aid make my hearing worse?

Before wearing new hearing devices, many patients cautiously ask if wearing hearing aids will make them dependent on the devices or damage their hearing. Often patients will return after wearing their new hearing aids for a few weeks and say “Help! My hearing has worsened! I cannot hear without my hearing aids!” While it seems as though your unaided hearing has gotten worse, what's really happening is adaptation to hearing aids.

Read the whole article Can wearing a hearing aid make my hearing worse?

Top 3 Ways to Prevent Ear Pain on Your Next Flight

Flying can be difficult for your ears. Problems that arise during or after flying are helped by understanding them. There are some easy tips that can prevent them all together.

Most problems are related to the Eustachian tube. It is a paired structure (one for each ear) that connects the middle ear (behind the eardrum) to the nasopharynx (a recess behind your nasal cavity at the top of your throat). The Eustachian tube acts as a valve to regulate pressure in the middle ear. The valve is opened by moving particular muscles in the head and neck. Swallowing, chewing, and yawning activate these muscles.

Read the whole article Top 3 Ways to Prevent Ear Pain on Your Next Flight

Can I have a migraine without a headache?

When someone tells you that they are having a migraine, you may immediately think of a terrible headache.  You picture them sitting in bed with the shades drawn, an ice pack on their head, and maybe even ear muffs over their ears.  Their headache is often bad enough to keep them home from school or work. 

Read the whole article Can I have a migraine without a headache?

Navigating hearing aid choices

The world of hearing aids can be confusing and overwhelming. You may be one of the many people reaching up from under a mountain of hearing aid advertisements and crying “Help! Where do I start!?". That question and others may be answered with an assessment of your hearing and a consultation with a licensed audiologist.

Read the whole article Navigating hearing aid choices

Do you hear that? Noises In My Ear That No One Else Hears

Have you ever heard a sound that no one else hears? You are not alone. There are many sounds that can be heard in the ears or head. Some are benign. Others may be need to be evaluated. All can be concerning if you have never experienced a sound no one else hears.

Read the whole article Do you hear that? Noises In My Ear That No One Else Hears

Frequently asked questions about Otosclerosis

What is Otosclerosis?The bone where the inner ear and the third hearing bone (stapes) meet is called the oval window. This is where otosclerosis affects the ear. Bone is constantly being broken down and rebuilt by our body. In otosclerosis, the rate of rebuilding is increased resulting in the formation of new bone at the oval window.

Read the whole article Frequently asked questions about Otosclerosis

What is leaking from my ear?

Anyone who has experienced drainage from their ear can tell you what an unpleasant experience it is. It can cause stains on your pillow or the collar of your shirt. It can be associated with hearing loss. It may even come with ear pain. It often leaves the sufferer wondering: what is leaking from my ear?

Read the whole article what is leaking from my ear?

Frequently Asked Questions About Cholesteatoma

What is a cholesteatoma? A cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that occurs in the middle ear. When certain risk factors are present, the ear drum becomes floppy and retracted.  This creates a pocket in the middle ear that collects skin cells and skin debris. 

Read the whole article Frequently Asked Questions About Cholesteatoma

Is my yoga class making me dizzy?

Many people find yoga classes relaxing.  They may provide improved flexibility and fitness, better circulation, improved immune systems, and stress relief just to name a few benefits.  But have you ever found yourself dizzy during yoga?  Maybe you had to avoid a certain position or couldn’t finish the class.  If so, you are not alone.

Read the whole article Is my yoga class making me dizzy?

What is the best way to clean my ears?

This is one of the most common questions heard by hearing healthcare specialists.  The purpose of cerumen, or earwax, is to lubricate, clean, and protect the ear canal from bacteria, insects, and other foreign objects. For the most part, ears clean themselves. Cerumen typically works its way out of the ear canal naturally like a “conveyor belt” with assistance from jaw movement such as talking and chewing.

Read the whole article What is the best way to clean my ears?

Can hearing aids help my tinnitus?

People often complain that they would be able to hear just fine if it weren’t for the incessant ringing in their ears. Actually, it’s the other way around. Hearing loss is typically the underlying cause of tinnitus.

Read the whole article Can hearing aids help my tinnitus?


Connectivity and Accessories

You may have heard the latest tech rumor about hearing aids:  Many are now iPhone compatible.  (Isn’t everything?)  Several hearing aid manufacturers have partnered with Apple to offer direct streaming from iPhone to hearing aid as well as the use of a remote-control app for both iPhone and Android users.

Read the whole article Hearing Aid or High Tech Device or Both?


These days, everything you could ever want can be delivered directly to your door: clothes, books, even fresh groceries! We live in a world where purchasing items online is easy and is quickly becoming our standard way of shopping. So, can this means also be applied to medical equipment? Say… to a hearing aid? Consider these things before dumping hearing aids into the same bucket as other (simpler) goods.

Read the whole article Buying a hearing aid online?


Hearing loss is very common. It is estimated that one in every five people have it. Many people consider hearing loss normal with age and do not feel it is necessary to have it evaluated.

Read the whole article When is hearing loss not just hearing loss?


A common question hearing professionals receive during a hearing aid evaluation is the question, “Can I just wear one hearing aid?” Although each patient’s hearing loss is different, in the majority of cases the answer is two. The following is a list of reasons why two hearing aids are better than one.

Read the whole article Can I wear just one hearing aid?


Many people struggle for years before seeking help with a hearing condition. Many times they decide to seek help when encouraged by a friend and/or family member. Some worry that having a hearing loss will make them seem “old”. While it is true that hearing loss can be a part of the normal aging process, hearing loss can impact people of all ages. Today’s technology is completely different than that of the past and can allow users to stay engaged and active...allowing them to feel younger!

Read the whole article Will hearing aids make me look old?


You’ve decided to look for a solution to your hearing loss. You’ve searched the Internet, asked friends, considered the pitch of hearing loss junk mail … what do you do?   It’s important to find a trusted local team of hearing experts to help you understand the type of hearing loss you or a loved one is dealing with and to provide you with options for treatment.  In order to do so, job one is to choose the best hearing center.  In an effort to help you find the best hearing center, we’ve provided a top 10 list of tips for choosing a hearing center.  

Read the whole article Top 10 reasons for choosing a hearing center?

Tinnitus Sufferers and You

Do you hear that?!

Ringing, roaring, hissing, or rushing sounds in your ears? Your friends don’t hear them?  Don’t panic.  This is typically not an indication of a serious medical condition. Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no external noise is present.  It may seem like this sound is coming from the ears or from the center of the head.  If you experience tinnitus, you are certainly not alone.  50 million people in the United States alone experience some form of tinnitus.  About 16 million people in the U.S. are bothered enough by their tinnitus that they seek medical attention, and about two million people in that group are seriously debilitated by this condition. 

Read the whole article Tinnitus Sufferers