The season of sunshine and fun is here. Summer means pool parties, evenings on the lake and beachfront getaways. When annoying ear pain gets in the way of all the festivities, many are quick to assume it’s a case of swimmer’s ear. Often, that is an accurate diagnosis, but if ear discomfort coincides with summertime allergies or a cold, an ear infection could be a culprit.
When most people think of hearing loss, they may think of someone asking others to repeat themselves, or needing to turn up the volume on the TV. These are among the more common signs of hearing loss. But there are other symptoms of hearing loss that are less visible. Not all of them are easy to spot unless you know what you're looking for. What are these symptoms, and what should you do if you experience them?
You may have heard about the health benefits of a sinus rinse -- how it can keep your nose healthy and prevent sinus problems. But what is it?
In many cases, ear pain is caused by an infection of the ear canal. But did you know some ear pain may not be connected to ear-related problems at all? Many of these problems require a physician's knowledge to distinguish one problem from another. But here are a few other causes of ear pain you may not know about.
Hearing is vital to our quality of life. Hearing issues can affect so many facets of our lives, from employment to interpersonal relationships. People with hearing issues often end up avoiding or withdrawing from social situations because of the difficulty it can cause. And the more they withdraw, the less likely it is they will return to those social situations in the future.
Laryngitis is a common inflammatory condition of the larynx (or voice box). Much of the time laryngitis is painless, although some patients can experience pain. Laryngitis most often presents as voice hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, or a raspy or breathy voice. A sore throat and trouble swallowing may also occur.
Do you know someone who seems to deal with a stuffy nose all winter long? Is it you? Sometimes it seems like the winter months and a stuffed-up nose go hand-in-hand. Contrary to popular belief, cold weather itself doesn't cause a stuffy nose -- but rather, the conditions that come with cold weather often do. Here are a few reasons why you might have a stuffy nose this winter, and what you can do about it.
How often should you clean your hearing aids? Would you be surprised to learn you should clean them every day? Many hearing aid owners might not know that properly cleaning their hearing aids can lead to years of quality performance and long service.
Voice loss and hoarseness are common problems cared for in the otolaryngologist’s (ENT) office on a daily basis. The frequency of these complaints does seem to increase in the winter months. It’s likely that upper respiratory infections are playing a role in this seasonal increase.
Winter is a season for sinusitis and sinus infections, and that often means lost productivity, as workers either call in sick or try to power through. It's difficult to be at your best when you're suffering from the symptoms of a sinus infection, and your productivity will almost always take a hit as a result. But is it necessary to call out of work, for the sake of your own health as well as that of others?
Here in Richmond, Virginia, there are several different resources for obtaining a hearing test, but the best place to go depends on your objectives in obtaining the hearing test. Here’s a review of the different types of hearing tests offered.
What is chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)? It is defined as 12 weeks of ongoing inflammation of the nose and sinuses. Symptomatic patients will present with nasal discharge or drainage, facial pain and pressure, nasal congestion or obstruction on examination or with a CT scan. CRS is not an infectious disease although acute sinusitis may be. Different causes of CRS have been investigated over the years. Despite much research, the jury is still out on what causes CRS. CRS is likely caused by a combination of contributing factors such as:
You may have heard of platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), but you may not actually know much about it. What is PRP used for? Who can be a candidate for PRP? What should you do if you're interested in PRP?
Fall will hit Richmond before you know it -- and with that comes fall allergies. Allergy sufferers know all too well how autumn can worsen allergies. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help mitigate the effects of seasonal allergies. In this article, we'll discuss the most common allergens that arrive with the autumn leaves, what you need to do now, and when to see a doctor or specialist.
Back-to-school can be a busy time, not just for parents and students, but for illnesses as well. The close quarters of a school environment become a breeding ground for germs, all while seasonal allergens are in full swing. What can parents do to prepare their children before school begins? We've put together a quick guide to help parents make back-to-school season a little healthier.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that dilates the sinus openings. Many individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis may benefit from having a balloon sinuplasty procedure to help treat their blocked sinuses. Many may also be wondering if a balloon sinuplasty is the right procedure for them or would they even qualify for it. Other questions may include: what will the procedure be like, how long do the effects last, what care will be required afterward, does it require going to the hospital, and/or can you drive home afterward? These are all questions you should ask your balloon sinuplasty doctor before having the procedure.
Commonly, sinusitis is acute. Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies, and it often goes away on its own. Its less-common relative, chronic sinusitis, can linger for months or longer and has symptoms that include loss of smell, congestion, and a runny nose. Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis may wonder if there is a cure, and what treatments options are involved. Can it be treated or managed at home? Does it require surgery? Read on to learn more.
For many hearing aid users, their first instinct when an aid stops working is simply to stop using it. You may not be aware that hearing aids can usually be repaired for a fraction of the original price, often within hours. For hearing aids that are still under warranty, there is no cost for repair. Repairs can also be done on aids that are out of warranty for a fee. Virginia ENT can handle the repair of many different styles and manufacturers of hearing aids, even those that are several years old.
A hearing aid is not like other electronic devices -- To be truly effective, a hearing aid needs to be fit and fine-tuned to your particular hearing needs. If you're in need of a hearing aid, the search should begin with looking for an audiologist.
Tinnitus is an oft-misunderstood ailment. There aren't really any traditional "signs" of tinnitus -- it's either there, or it isn't. Tinnitus is defined as any sound that's not present in the environment, but is still perceived in the auditory system. It often manifests as a humming, ringing, buzzing, clicking, “crickets,” or a rumbling noise. One might also notice a "fullness" or feeling of pressure in the ear.