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.
The arrival of summer means swimming pools, hot springs, and other fun water activities. Unfortunately, it often means a rise in cases of swimmer's ear, a common ailment during the summer months.
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.
When you think of seeing an ENT doctor, what ailments do you think they treat? With summertime fast approaching, you may not be aware your ENT can help with certain issues. Here are some common (and not so common) summertime issues you may need an ENT for this season.
Summer is fast approaching: a time for concerts, yard work, and outdoor activities. Did you know however, that all of these activities can potentially cause permanent damage to your hearing?
Post-nasal drip is a condition that people can often find confusing. What exactly is it? What causes it, and what are the best treatments? When should you talk to a doctor? Here are some things you may not have known about post-nasal drip.
Something you may not have known about sleep apnea: over 90 percent of children who suffer from sleep apnea have enlarged obstructive tonsils and adenoids. In these cases, parents often choose the option of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and overwhelmingly, have great results afterwards. Adults who treat their sleep apnea symptoms may be in for a few surprises as well. Here are some changes you may see after treating your sleep apnea.
One in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. There are different types of skin cancers with different treatment options.
Every year, over five million cases of skin cancer are treated in the United States alone.
Skin cancer is more common than breast, lung, and colon cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop it at some point.
Hearing is a crucial part of a child’s cognitive and social development. Detecting hearing loss and getting treatment can affect a child’s ability to develop speech and language appropriately.
Did you know that at age 65, 1 out of 3 people have a hearing loss or that 20% of Americans report some degree of hearing loss? How about that men are almost twice as likely as women to have hearing loss after age twenty? Or that two to three of 1,000 children born in the United States are born with detectable hearing loss?
For those losing their hearing in Richmond (or anywhere else), it can be a trying experience, both emotionally and physically.
Many of us are familiar with the symptoms of depression: loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss or gain, withdrawal, an absence of pleasure in the things one used to enjoy. But did you know that there can be a link between hearing loss and depression symptoms?
We often think of spring as "allergy season." But if you're an allergy sufferer, every season can seem like allergy season. What steps can you take to keep your allergies from becoming an irritation all year round?
Air quality can make a significant impact on your allergies. Spring and summer are often the worst months for allergy sufferers, but air pollution and other factors can make allergies a problem year round.
As the weather in Richmond changes from warm to cold and back again, you may find yourself dealing with an unexpected cough.
March is National Sleep Awareness Month. This month, most of the country moved the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time-- an event that can often disrupt sleep and impact our work and school days. At times like this, it's important for us to think about how good sleep -- or the lack of it -- can have an effect on our lives.