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

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, postnasal 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 from 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 One of our patients had endured … Continued

External Ear Sports Injuries - Wrestling

Sports Related External Ear Injuries: Auricular Hematoma & Cauliflower Ear

Wrestlers, football players, boxers and other participants in contact sports often suffer injuries to the soft tissues of the face and head. Generally, these are minor bumps and bruises (contusions), but sometimes a minor appearing injury to the external ear can lead to a lifetime of disfigurement. This article is intended to educate athletes, coaches, parents, and others who might have experience with cauliflower ear or other sports injuries to the external ear (auricle) about how to identify a potentially … Continued

Zenker's Diverticulum - Tough to Swallow

Zenker’s Diverticulum – Tough to Swallow

According to research, the average person swallows between 600 and 2,000 times a day. Swallowing is a complex process that involves numerous muscles and nerves. We rarely consider this process until swallowing becomes difficult, called dysphagia, or painful, called odynophagia. These symptoms may then lead to additional signs that swallowing is impaired, such as choking, gagging, drooling and coughing. The causes of abnormal swallowing function can range from having a piece of food or bone stuck in the throat to … Continued

Cochlear Implant

Cochlear Implants – What to do when hearing aids don’t help anymore

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted hearing device that helps people with significant bilateral sensorineural hearing loss hear when traditional hearing aids provide little benefit.  In some cases of severe and profound hearing loss, hearing aids may be of limited benefit due to little or no residual hearing to work with. Instead of amplifying sound, as would a hearing aid, a cochlear implant bypasses the outer, middle, and damaged part of the inner ear to directly stimulate the hearing … Continued