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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month – Can Your Child Hear You?

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month which is directed at raising awareness about the importance of newborn hearing screening and developmental milestones for children. No one knows your child better than you. If you ever have any concerns about your child’s hearing, speech or language development, please contact our office at 704.752.7575 to schedule …

Understanding Your Hearing

In order to understand hearing, or the auditory system, and the ability to perceive sound and understand speech, it is best to consider the ear as being divided into 3 parts:  the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The external ear consists of the auricle and the ear canal. These structures direct …

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement: Should my child have tubes placed?

Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement, or “placing PE tubes”, is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States, and for good reason. Simply put, for the right child, it is a simple, safe procedure, which can help resolve chronic middle ear infections while preventing future infections and eliminating the need for numerous courses …

Should my child’s tonsils be removed?

This is one of those questions that many parents face with inadequate information. Often times it is first-time parents who find themselves being asked to make a decision about a very young child’s health with what must seem like a poor understanding of possible risks and benefits of the procedure. Hopefully, this review and commentary …