Living with Hearing Loss Can Be Exhausting

Living with Hearing Loss Can Be Exhausting

The negative impacts of untreated hearing loss on overall quality of life is well-documented. Hearing loss can affect more than just communication ability. It can lead to irritability, social withdrawal, depression, reduced job performance and diminished psychological and overall health. For someone suffering from hearing loss, many environments can be intimidating due to the amount of mental energy needed to listen. Clinicians have long reported that hearing-impaired patients describe the feeling of exhaustion after attending social events or gatherings. Until … Continued

Three Factors That Lead To Chronic Nasal and Sinus Problems And How To Fix Them

Three Factors That Lead To Chronic Nasal and Sinus Problems And How To Fix Them

Over the past few years, the healthcare industry has been obsessed with finding a better allergy medicine and the “right antibiotic” to finally cure chronic nasal and sinus problems. Patients caught in a seemingly endless cycle of short-term relief followed by a return to stuffy heads and sinus pressure remain skeptical about the promise of new treatment options. One thing is clear. Based on advancements in our understanding of chronic and recurring sinus infections, there is no one-step cure for … Continued

Balloon Sinuplasty

Chronic Sinusitis Sufferer Undergoes Breakthrough Sinus Procedure in the Doctor’s Office – A Procedure Traditionally Performed in the Operating Room

CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA offers our patients the benefit of a minimally invasive technology in the comfort of the office. Using only topical/local anesthetic, we can treat your sinus disease by gently dilating the sinus outflow tracts with a balloon catheter. Our surgeons are trained and experienced to perform this procedure in the office. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was the first practice in Charlotte to perform these Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in the office and remains the leader … Continued

Thyroid Nodule Evaluation and Treatment

Thyroid Nodules: Patient Guide – What You Should Know About Thyroid Nodule Evaluation and Treatment

Thyroid Nodules Patient Guide – Below is a general review of the issues patients should understand if they have been found to have a thyroid nodule. It is meant to be general information that patients would want to know. It should be stressed that this is a review of a very complicated subject and that each patient’s situation is unique with particular aspects which might greatly alter some of what we discuss below. We hope that this will be used … Continued

Get the drop on your allergies

Allergy Drops (Sublingual Immunotherapy) Placed Under the Tongue are an Effective Alternative to Shots

Allergy drops and allergy shots (Allergen immunotherapy) are a preventative treatment for an allergic response to allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. Allergen immunotherapy fundamentally treats the underlying cause of the allergic reaction, while medications such as antihistamines and nasal sprays only temporarily treat the symptoms. Immunotherapy involves administering gradually increasing doses of the “causative allergen” to the allergic patient. The gradually increasing amount of the allergen induces a natural immunity or tolerance to the allergen. … Continued

Tinnitus Management

Tinnitus Management: For Those Tinnitus Sufferers Who Also Have Hearing Loss, the Use of Hearing Aids May Have a Two-Fold Benefit

As many as 1 in 5 individuals suffer from tinnitus (“tin-a-tis”). Tinnitus is defined as noise or ringing in your ears or head . Some people describe crickets while others experience a ringing, hissing, roaring, or whistling. Age is a common factor associated with the prevalence of tinnitus, as males report tinnitus more often than females. There is still much to be learned about tinnitus and its origin. While tinnitus is not usually a sign of a serious medical problem, … Continued

Bluetooth - Connecting to the world through your hearing aids

Connecting to the World Through Your Hearing Aids

Technology is driving so much of our lives. Smart phones, smart houses, smart apps; these are all things of the present. Thankfully, hearing aids are no different. While hearing aid devices have continued to decrease in size, their functionality is increasing at incredible rates. One area that has grown in popularity in the past few years is the use of accessories to maximize the benefits of every hearing device. These accessories include battery rechargers, Bluetooth devices and wireless microphones for … Continued

Becoming a patient gave me an entirely new perspective

When The Doctor Becomes The Patient: A New Perspective On Sinus Surgery

As a physician at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, whenever I discuss sinus surgery with patients, I tell them to only consider the procedure if their symptoms are actually affecting their quality of life. Recently, I had to take my own advice and undergo sinus surgery myself. Although I’ve performed sinus surgery for the past 15 years, becoming a patient gave me an entirely new perspective.

More to Treating Hearing Loss than Better Hearing

More to Treating Hearing Loss than Better Hearing: The Link Between Untreated Hearing Loss and Dementia

There is a growing body of evidence supporting the claim that treating hearing loss not only improves hearing but also improves quality of life. Various types of hearing loss can be treated using hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and/or medical intervention. By treating hearing loss, not only are there improvements in the aided ability to understand speech with ease, but there are also demonstrable improvements in that person’s emotional, mental, and social aspects of life. Earlier this year, … Continued

Hope for Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers

Hope for Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers: A Patient Success Story

Characterized by long-lasting and stubborn symptoms of thick, yellow to greenish nasal discharge, post nasal drip, nasal stuffiness, facial pain and possibly swelling, chronic sinusitis can be a frustrating condition for both patients and physicians. According to the Centers for Disease control, an estimated seven million Americans suffer with these and other symptoms related to chronic sinusitis, giving it its position as one of the most prevalent health problems in the country. When Treatment Fails So, when U.R. (initials used … Continued