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Dr. Melissa Kristelle Fling, AU.D.

Audiologist

Dr. Melissa Fling Au.D. is a top audiologist that practices at Advantage ENT and Audiology in Arvada and Westminster, Colorado. She specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing and vestibular/balance disorders.
4 years Experience
Dr. Melissa Kristelle Fling, AU.D.
  • Arvada, Co
  • Central Michigan University
  • Accepting new patients

Are there any surgeries to treat hearing loss from birth?

Depends on the type and/or degree of hearing loss (inner, middle, outer or combination), but yes, there are options, whether it's correcting an anatomical abnormality and/or implanting READ MORE
Depends on the type and/or degree of hearing loss (inner, middle, outer or combination), but yes, there are options, whether it's correcting an anatomical abnormality and/or implanting a prosthesis. 


Can my ear infection impact my hearing?

Yes, an ear infection can impact hearing if it causes inflammation, debris or fluid build-up in the ear. Usually, it's temporary and resolves once the infection clears. 

Can vertigo lead to other problems?

It's hard to say without a hearing test and a comprehensive exam. I would see an ENT physician for a hearing test, etc. 

I can hear a buzz sound all the time. What is it?

It sounds like tinnitus which is a phantom sound that the brain produces sometimes due to noise exposure, hearing loss, etc. Tinnitus is very common and usually is not something READ MORE
It sounds like tinnitus which is a phantom sound that the brain produces sometimes due to noise exposure, hearing loss, etc. Tinnitus is very common and usually is not something to be concerned about; however, I would see an audiologist to have a hearing test done to see if you have something in your ear(s) causing it (i.e., wax impaction) or if there is hearing loss. 

Is deafness with age a heriditary problem?

It can be due to both aging and genetics; however, genetic hearing loss typically develops before 50 years. Presbycusis, hearing loss due to aging, can start to develop around READ MORE
It can be due to both aging and genetics; however, genetic hearing loss typically develops before 50 years. Presbycusis, hearing loss due to aging, can start to develop around 50 years or older. Other factors that can contribute to rapidly declining hearing loss at an older age would be if the individual has a history of being exposed to noise (i.e., guns, machinery, music, etc), if they have a chronic health condition (i.e. heart or kidney disease, diabetes, etc) or if they are taking medications that are toxic to the hearing system (i.e. loop diuretics, cisplatin, carboplatin). If you're concerned about developing hearing loss, I would see an audiologist and get a baseline hearing evaluation and get it rechecked every 1-2 years or sooner if you feel like you're noting changes. 
Hope that helps. 

Dr. Fling


I am hearing an echo sound while talking. What could this be?

Do either of your ears feel plugged? Do you currently have a head cold? Could be a number of things. If you've been experiencing it for more than a week, I would probably see your READ MORE
Do either of your ears feel plugged? Do you currently have a head cold? Could be a number of things. If you've been experiencing it for more than a week, I would probably see your primary care physician or an otolaryngologist. 

What is the treatment for the ringing sound in my ears?

That sound is called tinnitus. It's very common. Be careful with what you believe about it online. It's typically a symptom of hearing loss, but may also be caused by stress, medications, READ MORE
That sound is called tinnitus. It's very common. Be careful with what you believe about it online. It's typically a symptom of hearing loss, but may also be caused by stress, medications, noise exposure, ear wax, etc. The first step would be to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (i.e., ENT) physician who also has an audiologist. They will review your symptoms, the audiologist will perform a hearing evaluation, and they will be able to tell you potential causes. In most cases, but not all, there is no cure for tinnitus. If it is a new symptom, it is not necessarily permanent. See an ENT physician and audiologist and go from there. 

What is the treatment for a balance problem?

Have you had a vestibular or balance evaluation with am audiologist? Typically, further specialty testing is done (i.e., videonystagmography, aka VNG, Vestibular Evoked Myogenic READ MORE
Have you had a vestibular or balance evaluation with am audiologist? Typically, further specialty testing is done (i.e., videonystagmography, aka VNG, Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential, aka VEMP, etc.) to determine if there is a deficit or malfunction within one of the 5 vestibular organs that may be causing or contributing to symptoms of dizziness or imbalance. That would be the next step. Typically, your ENT physician will recommend further testing if he/she suspects your symptoms are due to vestibular malfunction. Depending on the results of that testing, a variety of treatment options may be recommended; however, the most common recommendation would be Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (i.e., VRT) with a physical therapist that specializes in the vestibular system. I hope that's helpful. 

Melissa Fling, Au.D.

My son who is 5 years old is having a ringing sensation in his ears. Is it treatable?

It may be treatable; however, it may not be curable. The medical term for ringing or other sounds in the ears is "tinnitus". There are many causes for tinnitus. The number one READ MORE
It may be treatable; however, it may not be curable. The medical term for ringing or other sounds in the ears is "tinnitus". There are many causes for tinnitus. The number one cause is noise exposure, which can cause temporary or permanent damage to the hearing organ. If the damage is temporary, the tinnitus may be temporary as well; however, with repeated noise exposure, permanent damage can be done to the hearing organ, which causes tinnitus as a symptom. This tinnitus is generated in the brain due to hyperactivity. Currently, there is no known cure for this neuro-generated tinnitus; however, depending on whether or not there is hearing loss present, hearing aids would be a potential treatment option. In addition, temporary damage to the hearing organ may be treated by an ear, nose, and throat physician with a prescription anti-inflammatory medication such as a steroid. If the tinnitus is due to inflammation of the hearing organ due to noise exposure or something else, then the steroid can reduce inflammation and potentially reduce or get rid of the tinnitus.