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Dr. Neil Giddings

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Spokane, WA
40 years experience

Locations

Spokane ear nose and throat

Spokane, WA

Address

217 west cataldo, Spokane, WA
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Office

Spokane, WA

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

172 Answers
185 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See ENT: Hearing loss and ringing in one ear can occasionally be a symptom of something more serious. Need full hearing test and examination by ENT doctor.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, seek attention: May have had a concussion, but changing neurological symptoms several days after a head injury require further investigation. See doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several possibilitie: Most likely represents musculoskeletal discomfort, but could be secondary to ear or mastoid inflammation. Should be examined by physician.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen): Avoid taking Aspirin or other non steroidal anti inflammatory medicines that may increase your risk of bleeding after surgery.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Symptoms and examina: Bacterial infections are characterized by decreased hearing, pain, and occasionally drainage from ear. Physical examination may reveal red or swollen... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See a doctor: If you are experiencing increased pain with "numbing drops" the ear needs examination.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Bell's palsy is caused by viral inflammation of the facial nerve. Exposure to wind or cold does not cause this problem.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Could be: Don't know your sexual history, but at 48 lots of other causes for vertigo, and nausea more likely than pregnancy. See your pcp.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possible cyst: Many things could cause a lump in this area including pimple, sebaceous cyst, lymph node. Probably benign but should have it examined, and if enlar... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See ENT: A quick examination of your nose would reveal cause of blockage. You should be able to easily breath through both nostrils
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Needs evaluation: Could be migraine but many other possibilities. Need further history and examination.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Many causes: The nerve that provides motor movement to the mouth or face is a different nerve from the one that provides sensation. See your doctor if you have fac... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Clean the canal: Fungal infections of the ear canal are like other fungal skin infections, athletes foot, jock itch, etc. the key to resolution is to have the ear clea... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See ENT: Cannot have viral infection for 3 months. Viral inner ear infection can cause vertigo, but that should slowly get better. If vertigo has increased ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Neti pot would not be contraindicated during ear infection.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Possible: Need MRI for unilateral tinnitus and hearing loss. Chance that this represents acoustic neuroma is statistically small, but MRI should be done to rule... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: Most episodes of fluid behind the tympanic membrane will resolve spontaneously, or with antibiotics. Tubes are only used when fluid remains for more t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple causes: Genetic, malformation of the inner ear, infection, and exposure to toxic medications may all cause hearing loss. If a hearing nerve is present on imag... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not normal: May be a sign of inner ear problem called benign positional vertigo, but there are other causes. Should be evaluated by ENT doctor.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Debrox should not be used in any ear that may have a hole, and a tube by definition is holding a hole open in the ear drum.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See ENT ASAP: Viral or vascular events can cause sudden hearing loss. The sooner that you receive treatment, that may include steroids, the better chance that you w... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
None: No medicine or surgery has been shown to cure tinnitus.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Either one: Rn or doc should be able to ask routine questions about otitis media.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several things: As acoustic neuromas grow they typically cause hearing loss and tinnitus. They may also produce balance problems. If they get very large they may caus... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See physician: Lump behind ear with numbness in neck is unlikely from ear infection without a history of previous ear infection. Should have this examined in near fu... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Always: The size of the tumor dictates the chances of some problems from surgery. Most people that have surgery, are able to resume all their normal activitie... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Hundreds of thousand: Hundreds of thousands of people have been implanted worldwide.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Liquid antacids: Liquid antacids like maalox and mylanta, to name a few will provide fastest relief.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: Sores in the mouth are usually a sign of a viral infection. Ear pain with a viral infection may be from referred pain from the mouth but may also be a... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several days: Pain should resolve quickly, but blocked feeling may persist for many weeks. If blocked feeling does not resolve in 3-4 weeks, should see ENT doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Hearing should improve as the tympanic membrane heals and infection resolves.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several: Acoustic neuromas are treated with observation, surgery or radiation, depending on the tumors size, the patients symptoms, and the age of the patient.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: If the person had reasonably good hearing at a younger age and developed good speech they are usually a good candidate for a cochlear implant. Advance... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
No: Although any electronic device may fail, it is expected to function for a lifetime.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Rarely: Acoustic neuromas would very infrequently cause neck pain and would only cause headache if very large. Acoustic neuromas usually present with ringing ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Sometimes: Gamma knife, surgery, and observation are all treatment options for acoustic neuroma based on the patients age, health, hearing status, age, and other... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not usually: Acoustic neuroma may come back if incompletely removed or may grow following radiation, possibly requiring surgery to remove residual tumor.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Needs examination: Facial weakness from birth may be secondary to trauma at delivery, but facial nerve weakness that has developed since birth may be secondaryu to viral... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several: www.cochlear.com www.Advancedbionics.Com www.Medel.Com these manufacturers web sites provide much basic information about cochlear implants and how t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Hearing and dizzy: People with labyrinthitis will have severe vertigo that lasts several day then slowly improves over weeks, associated with severe hearing loss in one ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: Sounds more like a viral upper espiratory infection, that usually will resolve in 5-7 days. Only way to know if it is a strep infection is to obtai... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Can be: Ear infections can cause jaw and cheek pain, but infections of the teeth or sinuses can also cause ear pain. Tmj problems also frequently cause jaw, c... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis usually caused by bacteria that will respond to antibiotics. If not getting better soon can also have very large tonsils with mononucleosi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See ENT: Most common cause for ringing in the ear is hearing loss. Should have your hearing checked and ears examined. No medicine or surgery has been shown to... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Not quickly: Mastouditis is not contagious. Treatment is usually antibiotics but may require surgery if symptoms do not improve or have recurred several times.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Several ways: Acoustic neuromas may be treated by observation, surgery, or radiation. The choice of treatment is based on the size of tumor, the presenting symptoms... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: Recently trained audiologist have an aud degree that is a doctors degree in audiology. It is also possible to have a phd in audiology, but this is les... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
See ENT doctor: Some types of hearing loss may be treated with medications. Some may benefit from surgery. Many benefit from hearing aids. Need evaluation with hearin... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Most people can use reading glasses without any significant side effects.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Fatigue: Meclizine may cause fatigue, is related to some otc sleep aids. Rarely may produce hyperactivity but that is rare.

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Mar 26, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Giddings is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Giddings is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Toledo College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1982MD
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