I'm Dizzy - Understanding BPPV and Vertigo

Many people will suffer an episode of mild vertigo in their lives: a moment of dizziness or disorientation that passes in a few minutes. In most cases, this is nothing to worry about. For some, however, this condition can be ongoing, inconvenient, and even dangerous. Vertigo, and its many forms, is not life-threatening by itself, but can create difficulties with mobility and daily life.

Effects of Allergies on Your Other Medical Conditions

If you live in Richmond, Virginia, you know it is spring when friends and family start to complain about itchy, watering eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throats. While seasonal allergies are often just accepted and handled here, there’s more to it for many people.

Here’s how allergies attack your body, and how they can interfere with other medical conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, upper respiratory infections, and chronic sinus infection.

Is Ear Pressure A Sign of An Ear Infection or Something Else?

It can sometimes be challenging to determine the exact cause of ear pressure. It could be from a sinus infection or an ear infection. But in some cases, ear pressure could also be caused by hearing loss.

It's important to diagnose the correct cause of the ear pressure, as the potential treatment options are vastly different.

How to Care for Your Hearing Aids

If you are about to be fit with your first set of hearing aids, you may have questions regarding what to expect from your new aids and how to properly care for them. Let's take a look at a few tips for care and maintenance to get the most out of your hearing investment.

Protecting Your Ears and Hearing In The Summer Months

Summer is officially here, and along with it comes higher temperatures, sunny days, and fun in the sun, sand, surf, and sound! While you’re having fun this summer, remember to keep your ears and your hearing safe and protected.

How Can a Deviated Septum Interfere With My Sinuses?

Patients diagnosed with a deviated septum may not understand what this diagnosis entails and how a deviated septum may impact their lives. Whether a deviated septum can impact the sinuses is just one of the potential questions patients may have.

Here’s a look at how a deviated septum affects the function of other parts of the nose. We'll also discuss when and how we can fix a deviated septum.

Hearing Loss Is the Third Most Common Health Problem in the United States

Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans today. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players (MP3s) and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.

Are There Surgical Options for Chronic Nasal Congestion?

Have you ever felt like you just can’t breathe through your nose because your nose feels stuffy? Many of us experience this sensation when we have a cold. But for patients experiencing chronic nasal congestion, that feeling doesn't go away.

When diagnosed with chronic nasal congestion, many patients try lifestyle modifications and medicine. But sometimes the cause is something that can’t be treated with medicine. Here’s a look at when patients should consider surgical treatment for chronic nasal congestion.

How To Overcome Background Noise When Experiencing Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is never easy to deal with. Understanding what other people are saying in busy, noisy situations can be especially difficult. Environments with poor acoustics can also be challenging.

Let’s take a look at how you can overcome background noise with the right tools.

Ear Infection or Sinus Infection? Treating Your Symptoms Quickly

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you are experiencing an ear infection or a sinus infection because of the similarities in symptoms. Both diagnoses involve significant pressure or pain in the head/neck area and both infections may trigger a fever response in your body.

So, why is it important to know whether you’re suffering from a sinus infection or an ear infection? Because the treatment option selected will only be effective if you have the right diagnosis.

Preparing for Your Child's Tonsillectomy as a First-Time Parent

A tonsillectomy is a common surgical procedure where enlarged or infected tonsils are removed. It's normal to feel anxious about your child undergoing this type of surgery, but there are steps you can take to make it easier for you both.

Does My Child Need Both Their Tonsils and Adenoids Removed?

As parents, considering surgery for our children can be daunting. However, it is sometimes the best option. Such is the case when discussing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for persistent infections or difficulty sleeping.

Why You Should Treat Snoring in Children

Snoring is an issue that affects many adults but with children, snoring should not be ignored, as it can be a sign or symptom of something more significant than just noisy sounds at night.

Let’s take a look at the underlying issues that snoring may indicate and then discuss other symptoms to look for that make it clear it is time to bring your child to the doctor.

Must-Take Steps If Your Baby Has Noisy Breathing

Noisy breathing is one of the most common complaints that ENT doctors hear from new parents, and in most cases it doesn't pose a serious threat and is easily managed.

However, noisy breathing can indicate a condition that may need a thorough medical evaluation. If your baby has noisy breathing, here are a few steps to think about that will help both parents and the treating physician understand the situation.

My Child Needs a Hearing Aid: How Can I Help?

If you have been told that your child has failed a hearing test and will need a hearing aid, you may be wondering what you need to do next. Here are the next steps and how we can help.

When to See an ENT for Your Toddler’s Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are a common occurrence for children of all ages and have various causes that range from benign to serious. In toddlers, nosebleeds are usually related to minor accidents, nose picking, inflammation, or dry winter air. Most nosebleeds stop a few minutes after pressure is placed on the nasal passages.

As a parent, you’re almost certain to deal with at least one nosebleed during your child’s life but if your toddler experiences frequent nosebleeds, you might need to seek medical assistance.

My Newborn Failed the Infant Hearing Screening: What's Next?

Hearing loss can affect your baby's ability to learn and develop speech and language appropriately. Fortunately, early detection of hearing loss can lead to preventive steps or treatment that will help your child reach these important developmental milestones.

Winter and Nosebleeds: What's the Connection?

Within the United States, one of every seven people will develop a nosebleed at some point in their lives. Nosebleeds are commonly caused by ruptures of the small blood vessels inside of your nose, and can sometimes be fairly frequent. We see them in patients of every age, but are most common in children and older adults.

When to Consider Immunotherapy over OTC Allergy Treatment

Treatment for allergies runs the gamut from avoiding allergy triggers to allergy immunotherapy. For the nearly 30 percent of Americans who have allergies, it may be difficult to decide which treatment option should be pursued. While your physician can help you determine which treatment is best for you, having an understanding of your options can help you manage your allergy symptoms.

Facing Seasonal Allergies in Richmond

Richmond’s humidity and geography make it a perfect destination for many different allergens to be present. Whether it’s the grasses in the summer, ragweed in the fall, the ever-popular pollen in the Spring, or all of the above, many Richmonders suffer from seasonal allergies. Whether you have lived in Richmond all of your life, or if you just recently moved to the area, you will need to know effective ways to fight your seasonal allergies.