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

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 a full audiological evaluation with one of our Doctors of Audiology. Hearing and Speech Milestones Children born in North Carolina are screened for hearing loss … Continued

Across America Hearing Check Challenge

Across America Hearing Check Challenge

To help people understand the serious impact that hearing loss can have on their lives, the Better Hearing Institute has developed and validated a simple 15-item online test that individuals can take in the privacy and comfort of their own home. The test is designed to help people better understand just how serious their hearing loss is, and to determine whether or not they need further help. Across America Hearing Check Challenge Please realize that this online hearing test is … Continued

Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Dizziness is a common term that is used to describe a wide variety of symptoms. The term can mean many different things to different people and potentially can have many different causes. Typically dizziness refers to an abnormal sense of motion. It can also be imbalance, lightheadedness, feeling like you are going to pass out, weakness, and other sensations. The experienced physicians and doctors of audiology at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA, are highly trained in the evaluation and … Continued

Understanding Your Hearing

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 sound towards the eardrum. The middle ear is the space that lies between the external ear and inner ear. The middle ear is made up … Continued

Overcoming Ear Infections: Six-Year-Old Finds Relief With Surgery

Emily Schadt is all too familiar with ear surgery. Although she is only six years old, she’s already experienced five surgical procedures. Prior to her most recent surgery at CornerStone Ear Nose & Throat, ear infections and eardrum perforations seemed to be a constant presence in her life. Her father, radio personality Paul Schadt, and mother, Kathy, both credit Richard Gillespie, Jr., M.D., of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat with this dramatic improvement. “We are so very grateful to Dr. … Continued

The Facts About Wax: New Medical Guidelines Recommend Avoiding Ear Wax Removal

The Facts About Wax: New Medical Guidelines Recommend Avoiding Ear Wax Removal

Most people feel the need to remove ear wax or cerumen, which is the mixture of secretion, hair and dead skin. But new guidelines released by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation state that, as long as the ears are functioning properly, people should leave ear wax in its place. Highlights from the report include: Overall, ear wax is beneficial and self-cleaning. Each year, 12 million people in the United States seek medical care for impacted … Continued

Balance

Surgical Intervention Restores Normal Hearing And Balance After Inner Ear Trauma

Damage to the inner ear can lead to permanent hearing loss, vertigo and other severe balance problems. Immediate attention from an otolaryngologist, along with the proper treatment and follow-up, can make the critical difference between life-long profound deafness and a return to normal hearing. With a recent case of inner ear trauma at Cornerstone Ear, Nose & Throat, we were able to restore a patient’s normal hearing although he only returned for follow-up when his conditioned had worsened. A Dramatic … Continued

Vertigo

Vertigo: A Balanced Approach To Diagnosing And Treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo and occurs most often in the elderly population. Symptoms include brief episodes of dizziness, lightheadedness, imbalance, and occasionally even nausea in response to positional changes. BPPV occurs when detached otoliths, often referred to as “crystals” or “ear rocks,” cause a deflection of the sensory hair cells in one of the semicircular canals. This sends false messages to the brain that the patient is spinning. Head movement such as … Continued

Imbalance

Audiology Testing Crucial To Treating Imbalance or Dizziness

Balance is in part controlled by the vestibular system of the inner ear. The main organ for hearing, the cochlea, is also contained here. Because these organs are both housed within the temporal bone space and share fluids, there are many disorders of the vestibular system that will present with both hearing and balance symptoms. A comprehensive audiologic evaluation is obtained on every patient who is referred to Cornerstone Ear, Nose and Throat for issues with dizziness or vertigo. The … Continued

Not All Digital Hearing Aids Are Created Equal: New Technology Options Offer Patients Greater Clarity

Thanks to recent technological advances, digital hearing aids offer greater comfort and audio quality than ever before. They are available in both high-end and entry-level models based on their features and capabilities. For some patients, however, the increased options have made the process of choosing a digital hearing aid very confusing. At CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, our certified audiologists have the training and experience to help your patient choose the hearing aid and options that best suit his or … Continued

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