14 Reasons to Visit Us
Having difficulty hearing?
Hearing loss can occur for many reasons, so not all treatments require a hearing device. If you have wax in your ears, it can be painlessly removed by your physician. If you have fluid behind your ear drum, a physician can drain it with a quick, in-office procedure. Or, if you have sustained damage to your inner ear, you can discuss strategies with your Audiologist to help improve your hearing. Other alternatives to hearing devices include purchasing an amplifier for your phone or TV. If hearing loss is left undiagnosed, the consequences can be serious—it is recommended to have your hearing checked annually.
Quiet Your Snoring
There are many solutions for your snoring, such as not sleeping on your back or avoiding certain medications and alcohol. In other instances, your physician can medically treat nasal obstruction, provide devices to adjust your oral anatomy (such as http://www.aveotsd.com/index.php) or advise you on weight loss strategies.
Is Sleep Apnea Serious?
Snoring is often a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is caused by an airway obstruction that leads to a disturbed breathing pattern. An abnormal breathing pattern can worsen Hypertension and is associated with an increased risk of Heart Disease, Stroke and even premature death. Fortunately, there are treatment solutions including Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy and surgery.
Ringing or Hissing in Your Ears
The perception of sound in the head, without an external source, is caused by a condition known as Tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition. It is important to understand that it is very common and can be managed. While most people resolve to simply live with Tinnitus, many have come to realize their healthcare providers can help them with treatments such as masking devices, muscle relaxants, nutritional supplements, seizure medications, biofeedback and acupuncture.
Relieve the Itching
Inflammation of the skin of the ear canal is common and often made worse by use of cotton swabs and manipulation. Simply put, any healthcare provider can attest to the risks involved with a “do-it-yourself” ear cleaning. Your physician can remove earwax, or there are various products including drops, creams and lotions that address the skin irritation and alleviate that uncomfortable feeling you may be having.
Stop Your Runny Nose!
It is important to determine if you are suffering from Allergies or another medical issue. With Allergies ruled out, there are a multitude of sprays and medications designed to stop your nose from producing too much mucous and help dry your nasal passages.
Stop Those Nosebleeds!
Recurring nosebleeds are often the result of broken blood vessels on the surface of your mucous membrane. With some anesthetic-soaked cotton, your physician can numb the spot and use a silver nitrate stick to painlessly cauterize the troublesome vessel(s) and control bleeding.
Your Dizziness Can be Managed
Figuring out the source of dizziness is the key to successful treatment and a good reason to visit your Ear, Nose and Throat physician. The first step is to understand whether your dizziness is lightheadedness related to blood pressure, or vertigo caused by an inner-ear infection or another condition (e.g., loose crystals in your inner ear).
Often, it is a loved one who convinces a family member to seek treatment for their hearing loss. And it comes as no surprise that patients with loved ones involved in their Treatment plan enjoy better results. If you have a family member with hearing loss, take the time to speak with their Audiologist to discuss how you can help. Some tips for better communication include conversing on a close, face-to-face basis, choosing a quiet environment, turning off background distractions such as the TV or dishwasher, and speaking slowly.
Relieve Nasal Congestion
Nasal obstruction is often related to swelling of the side wall turbinate tissues in the nose. When medical management fails it can be remedied with a simple, in-office procedure to reduce the size of these turbinates by using radiofrequency energy to make the turbinates permanently smaller. In only a few minutes, your nose will feel much more open, making it easier to breathe.
Lump in Your Throat
In many instances, the sensation of a lump in your throat is related to acid reflux, which is easily identified and treated. An exam is also important to identify and rule out other causes such as viral infection, muscle spasm and scar tissue.
Your Torn Earlobe Can Look New
We can easily repair a torn earlobe or stretched ear piercing through a quick and simple procedure that will leave your ear looking as good as before.
If Your Voice Doesn’t Sound Normal
Using Fiberoptic Technology, your physician can painlessly view your vocal cords. This allows them to easily identify voice problems such as nodules due to voice overuse, polyps or a number of other vocal cord problems affecting your voice.
Get Rid of That Nagging Cough
Chronic coughing is the symptom of an underlying condition—it is a common problem and the reason for many office visits. Causes can include mucous in the back of the throat, acid leaking up from the stomach, a new medication or even asthma.