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 …

Dr. McClelland recognized as Clinical Associate Professor at Wingate University

Wingate University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies has recognized Dr. William A. McClelland as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Harris Department of PA Studies. The physicians at Cornerstone, Ear, Nose & Throat, P.A. have always provided their time and expertise to help in the education of future clinicians in the Union County area. For …

Voice Disorder Guide: Diagnosis, Types, and Treatment Options

Each year millions of people are affected by voice disorders. For those who rely on their voice to make a living, such as teachers, doctors, actors, singers, and public speakers, problems like chronic hoarseness and vocal fatigue can be devastating. There are many causes of vocal disorders and the underlying problem with many patients is often multifactorial. Vocal overuse, acid reflux, tobacco use, and chronic allergies are a few of the many potential causes of vocal dysfunction. In addition, any patient with persistent hoarseness should be evaluated to rule out laryngeal cancer, a condition where hoarseness is often the first symptom. Proper diagnosis of the disorder is crucial for appropriate treatment.

What Is An Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists are M.D. or D.O. physicians that are trained in the medical and surgical treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, and related structures of the head and neck. Because of their specialized focus on the ear, nose, and throat, Otolaryngologists are often referred to as ENT Physicians or …

Vocal Cords In Motion: More Accurate Diagnosis Of Voice Disorders Possible With Digital Videostroboscopy

CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat recently became the only practice in Union County, and one of only two practices in Charlotte, to offer digital videostroboscopy. This diagnostic technique is available at the practice’s office at The Park in Monroe. Vocal cord vibrations are too fast to see with the naked eye. Videostroboscopy is a state-of-the-art …

Patient Profile: Curing Chronic Hoarseness

Doris Godwin suffered from constant hoarseness for over five years. The 80-year-old had been evaluated and treated in the past for laryngopharyngeal reflux, with no improvement in her symptoms. “I thought it was a problem I would just have to live with” said Doris, “Then a relative suggested CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat.” Doris was …

Coblation Tonsillectomy: Solving Breathing And Swallowing Problems For Young Patients

When Jonah Breedan was two years old, his parents noticed that he started to breathe through his mouth.. He also began to lightly snore when sleeping, and woke up frequently during the night. His pediatrician monitored Jonah’s condition for three years until his tonsils and adenoids became visibly enlarged and started to actually interfere with …