Why All Adults Need a Hearing Test

Why All Adults Need a Hearing Test

When was your last hearing test? If you can’t remember or you’ve never had one, then it’s time to schedule one. You should think of a hearing test with the same importance as having your vision checked or going to the dentist. After all, our sense of hearing helps us connect with the world around us. It offers us the ability to socialize with one another, the pleasure of listening to music, and the security of detecting danger by hearing … Continued

Sinus Surgery Success - The Importance of Topical Medical Therapy

Sinus Surgery Success – The Importance of Topical Medical Therapy

For patients who have already undergone sinus surgery, whether it’s balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery, medicated saline irrigations can be an important part of long-term postoperative medical care. Chronic sinusitis is typically the result of a combination of physical obstruction problems and environmental inflammatory problems that lead to a chronic or recurring bacterial or fungal infection. Logically, sinus surgery only serves to resolve the physical or obstruction aspect of the condition. So, as I like to explain to my … Continued

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children – Recognition and Treatment

Sleeping difficulties such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect people of all ages, sizes, and genders, including children. Approximately 2 to 4 percent of children snore regularly, and about 24 percent of the pediatric population has obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes a child’s breathing to be interrupted during sleep, which the brain perceives as choking. This triggers several physiologic changes. The heart rate slows, blood pressure rises, the brain is aroused, and sleep is disrupted. … Continued

Managing Nasal Polyps

Managing Nasal Polyps – Symptoms, Treatments, Options

Generally speaking, most patients are familiar with polyps as they relate to a colonoscopy and their potential to become cancerous. Although polyps are most notably associated with the colon, they can also occur in the stomach, the uterus and even the nasal cavity. Though they may sound scary, nasal polyps are almost always non-cancerous (benign). Nevertheless, we take this condition seriously and believe all patients with nasal polyps should be cared for by an otolaryngologist, because nasal polyposis can adversely … Continued

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