Why should you see an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor for your hearing loss?

An Ear, Nose and Throat doctor can diagnose the cause of your hearing loss. Many hearing losses can be corrected medically or surgically. Some hearing losses are indicative of serious underlying medical problems. It is, therefore, crucial to obtain an accurate diagnosis. If you have ear pain, drainage, excess earwax, hearing loss in only one ear, sudden or rapidly progressive hearing loss, or dizziness, it is especially important that you see an otolaryngologist.

After a history of your hearing loss is taken and an examination of the ear, nose and throat area is performed a hearing assessment from our audiologist (a nonphysician health care professional) is obtained. Valley ENT is fortunate to have all hearing tests performed or supervised by a doctoral level audiologist. The results of these tests will show the degree of hearing loss and whether it is conductive or sensorineural and may give other medical information about your ears and your health.

Our Physicians

David I. Barras, MD., Founder of Valley ENT

Dr. Barras is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary High School, a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and received his medical training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Barras is a past president of the Nesbitt Hospital and currently serves as president of the Surgical Specialty Center, Forty Fort, PA. Dr. Barras is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and sees patients of all ages, ranging from newborns to geriatric. He treats a wide range of ear, nose and throat disorders including ear infections, hearing loss, vertigo and dizziness, nasal and sinus disorders, swallowing, voice disorders and throat problems, and allergy. Dr. Barras also has expertise in medical-legal evaluation of hearing loss.


Dean M. Clerico, MD., Nasal and Sinus Specialist

Dr. Clerico is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He attended the New Jersey Medical School, where he also did his residency in Otolaryngology. He completed fellowship training in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Valley ENT, Dr. Clerico served as Assistant Professor and faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has presented original research at numerous national and international meetings and has published many articles and chapters in the medical literature. He has been recognized for his excellence by being repeatedly selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Clerico is board certified in Otolaryngology and specializes in the treatment of Sinus Disorders.

Professional Staff

Kari Pietralczyk, Au.D,CCC-A

Dr. Pietralczyk is a graduate of Mid Valley Secondary Center, Marywood University and Southern Connecticut State University. She earned a Doctor of Audiology Degree from the University of Florida in 2010. Dr. Pietralczyk holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a Pennsylvania State License in Audiology and a Certificate of Registration for Hearing Aid Fitting and Dispensing from the PA Dept. of Health. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology and the PA Academy of Audiology.


Joseph Vavrek, H.I.S.

Joseph is a graduate of Wyoming Area High School. He received his license as a Hearing Instrument Specialist from the Pennsylvania Department of Health in 1998. He has worked with private practice ENT’s for the last ten years specializing in digital hearing aid evaluations and fittings. Prior to that, he worked for Geisinger Wyoming Valley as a technician for seventeen years