Sounds of Spring Remind Us To Enjoy Our Hearing – And Protect It!
This spring, an estimated 28 million Americans may be missing the sounds of birds chirping or the gentle rustling of wind in the trees. That’s because of the more than 36 million Americans with hearing loss, just 20% or 7.2 million seek help.
If you have difficulty hearing conversation or find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV, schedule an appointment for a hearing check-up. Hearing evaluations are quick and painless. If a hearing loss is detected, there are a wide range of small and discreet hearing solutions that will allow you to hear more clearly whether you’re in a noisy restaurant or enjoying a quiet stroll in the park.
Taking care of your hearing health also means limiting the amount of time you expose your ears to loud noise. Over time, sounds that are louder than 85 decibels, about the loudness of heavy traffic, can lead to noise induced hearing loss. At rock concerts, sound levels soar to more than 100 decibels. Even typical spring cleaning chores like vacuuming or mowing the lawn can reach levels above 90 decibels.
Simple steps can make a difference. Stay as far away from the source of noise as possible and walk away when sounds get too loud. Turn down the volume on TVs, radios, and portable music players. Reduce the number of noisy appliances running at the same time. Buy quieter products, especially children’s toys and personal care appliances like blow dryers.
The number-one tip is to use ear protection wherever possible. Stop in our office to receive a FREE pair of ear plugs.
Noise is everywhere. To help you learn about the noise level of common sounds in your environment, we have shared several fun and informative infographics, available at our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andros-ENT-Sleep-Center/639693629402100. Find out how the sounds of spring clean-ups or everyday household chores may be impacting your hearing health. Visit http://androsent-sleep.com for more information about hearing loss and hearing solutions or call 651-888-7800.
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Better Hearing Month is an ideal time for your annual hearing test
Just as eye exams are a part of your routine health checks, it’s a good idea to get annual hearing tests, too — for these reasons:
- Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process and is sometimes so gradual you don’t notice it until it’s too late. An annual test will give you a good head start towards getting the care you need.
- Your hearing changes as you age. By testing your hearing annually, your hearing professional can detect and measure those changes, and counsel you on the prevention methods or hearing solutions that are specific for your loss.
- The majority of general practitioners don’t screen for hearing loss — so even if you have routine physical exams, chances are your hearing wasn’t given the attention it deserves.
- Dedicated hearing professionals have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment needed to inspect your ear canal, accurately measure your hearing loss, assess your unique needs, and prescribe a solution that takes all this important and personalized information into account.
Free hearing tests all May
May is Better Hearing Month, making it the ideal time to schedule your annual hearing test with the hearing professionals at Andros ENT & Sleep Center. To arrange for your free hearing test and consultation, contact us by filling out our Contact Us page and we will be in touch to schedule your free appointment.Posted in Ear, Events, Hearing loss | Tagged Andros Audiology, Better Hearing and Speech Month, hearing test inver grove heights, May | Leave a comment
Hearing isn’t quite like riding a bike
Studies have shown that, on average, people will wait eight to ten years between first experiencing symptoms of hearing loss and finally seeking help. Unfortunately, during this timeframe, people fall into coping mechanisms. They ask people to repeat themselves, turn the TV up louder, or avoid places where hearing is more challenging. These behaviors are actually exacerbating the negative effects. That’s why early intervention is always recommended.
Early intervention prevents your brain from forgetting what to do
The ability to make instant association depends on repeatedly hearing a word. If you do not hear a word for a long period of time, difficulty connecting the sound to its meaning occurs. Over time, reduced stimulation to the brain can impair its ability to process sound and recognize speech. Once speech recognition deteriorates, it is only partially recoverable with hearing aids.
Early intervention slows cognitive decline and communication problems
Not being able to hear what’s going on around you contributes to reduced mental sharpness and communication abilities.
Early intervention improves the use of hearing aids
The earlier people begin to use hearing aids, the sooner they get comfortable wearing them, and the easier it is to maximize their advantage.
Take action this Better Hearing Month
Next month is Better Hearing Month — meaning now is a great time to be proactive about your hearing loss and seek treatment before its negative effects get worse. To arrange for a free hearing consultation, contact us by filling out our Contact Us page and we will be in touch to schedule your free appointment.Posted in Ear, Hearing loss | Tagged Dr. Rosario ENT, hearing aids inver grove heights, hearing test inver grove heights | Leave a comment
Research indicates that young people today are losing their hearing faster than their parents and grandparents. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 teenagers have some hearing loss.
Researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston examined data collected from more than 4,600 12-to-19-year-olds in two ongoing federal surveys. The first covered 1988 to 1994, and the other 2005 to 2006.
The prevalence of hearing loss increased from 14.9 percent from 1988-94 to 19.5 during 2005-06, a rise of about 31 percent, the researchers reported to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Some other interesting results from the survey:
- High-frequency hearing loss was more common than that in low frequencies
- Most of the time the loss was in one ear
- Girls were much less likely than boys to have lost some hearing
While the study did not examine specific reasons for the increase in teens, most experts agree that it is due to listening to loud music for long stretches of time on MP3 players, iPods and other portable devices.
The issue received national attention in March 2013, when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took up the cause as his latest public health crusade, announcing a $250,000 social media campaign to caution young people about the dangers of too loud music on personal listening devices.
How can adults encourage young people to listen more carefully to stop this alarming trend? One good tip is to use the 60/60 rule. Listen to music at 60 percent of the max volume and for only 60 minutes.
Hearing professionals also encourage people to wear hearing protection when they go to concerts. Inexpensive ear buds are available for as little as a $1 that can significantly reduce the amount of potentially damaging noise at a concert without affecting the musical experience.
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Dr. Rosario out in the community at the Taste of The Timberwolves event held at Target Center March 5, 2015.
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There’s new hope for tinnitus relief
Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears or head when no external sound is present. In most cases, tinnitus is a subjective noise, meaning only the sufferer can hear it. Typically, sufferers describe the sound as “ringing in ears,” through others describe it as hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring and even chirping.
The affects of tinnitus are real
Because tinnitus is subjective, it affect people in different ways. For some, it’s a minor annoyance that does not require help or treatment. For others, it can cause a host of serious issues including:
- Long-term sleep disruption
- Changes in cognitive ability
- An inability to concentrate (e.g. completing tasks or reading)
- Stress in relationships
- Anxiety and depression
- Employment challenges
There is no cure for tinnitus
Currently, there is no known tinnitus cure. No pill or surgery has been shown to eliminate tinnitus in any scientific or clinically accepted study.
But there is relief
According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), there are ways to get tinnitus relief. One of the most effective ways is sound therapy, which uses sound to make tinnitus less noticeable and take the person’s mind off it.
Amplification from hearing aids is one component of sound therapy that has been show to provide relief. A new Tinnitus Treatment Solution from Starkey Hearing Technologies is another well-regarded sound therapy device designed to bring personalized relief to tinnitus sufferers.
The ATA recommends that anyone with tinnitus should see an audiologist or ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) experienced in tinnitus treatment.Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged andros ent and sleep center, ent, starkey, starkey hearing technologies, tinnitus relief | Leave a comment
Did you know that hearing loss and heart disease are linked? Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins—has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss. Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, cause 17.3 million deaths each year. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 to help save women’s lives. Join the movement nationwide and learn how you can honor women like you on this important day in the information below.
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Ring in the new year without ringing in your ears. Many people experience an occasional ringing (or roaring, hissing, buzzing, or tinkling) in their ears. The sound usually lasts only a few minutes. Ringing in the ears that does not get better or go away is called tinnitus. You may hear a sound, such as a ringing or roaring, that does not come from your surroundings (nobody else can hear it). The sound may keep time with your heartbeat, it may keep pace with your breathing, it may be constant, or it may come and go. Tinnitus is most common in people older than age 40. Men have problems with tinnitus more often than womenRemember, noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are preventable. Keep a safe distance from loud noises and cover your ears around loud noises.
If leading a more healthy lifestyle is on your list of New Years resolutions, add a hearing health check up on your January agenda. A baseline hearing test is always a good idea, and if hearing loss is present, intervene early to optimize your quality of life, and start the year off hearing better!Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ENT doctors Minnesota, hearing test, How do i treat tinnitus, new year resolutions, ringing in the ear, What is tinnitus, Why are my ears ringing | Leave a comment
January 15th, 2015 at 6 pm
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When you’re dealing with the headache, stuffy nose, fever or nasal discharge of sinusitis, you’re probably eager to find any sign of relief. Keeping your immune system balanced and strong so you don’t develop sinusitis or an acute sinus infection is clearly the way to go. Decongestants and antibiotics can lead to relief, but researchers are investigating a new kind of treatment – probiotics. Getting enough and the right variety of prebiotics and probiotics – from your diet and from high quality supplements – is important to achieve that goal.
A type of probiotic called lactobacillus acidophilus could be especially helpful for people dealing with sinus infections, according to research from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Probiotics like this one can help replace good bacteria wiped out by the antibiotics often prescribed for sinus infections, helping the body speed its return to health.
Common sources of probiotics include:
- Enhanced Yogurt
- Enhanced Juices
- Non-Baked Cheeses
- Tablets and Powder
Different strains of probiotics can have very different results on the body. Before turning to probiotics or any method of sinusitis treatment, consult with a doctor to determine the best course of action for you specific health needs. If you have questions we are here for you anytime.
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Balloon Sinuplasty™ System:
A Novel, Catheter-Based Device Option
Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices represent a new technology in the opening of blocked sinuses, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. The FDA-cleared Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ products are used by qualified Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians.
Step 1: Using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system, your physician gently places a Sinus Guide Catheter and a flexible Sinus Guidewire through the nostrils to access the target sinus. Then a Sinus Balloon Catheter is advanced over the Sinus Guidewire.
Step 2: The Sinus Balloon Catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated viagra zollfrei.
Step 3: The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology Benefits
Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical studies have shown the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that are introduced throught he nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings.
Because in many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
Fast Recovery Time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activity within 24 hours.
Does not limit treatment options
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ tehcnology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or surgical technoques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
Hearing aids are incredible pieces of technology that can help people increase their ability to hear. But the aids are not perfect. Sometimes they can malfunction. Perhaps the most common malfunction is when the aid produces a whistling sound. We explain what causes this whistling and how to fix it in today’s blog.
How Hearing Aids Work
If you have ever used hearing aids in the past, you have probably encountered a strange whistling noise at some point. It’s a very common thing and usually nothing to be worried about. But before we explain the causes of and solutions to whistling, first we need to discuss how exactly hearing aids function.
A typical hearing aid consists of a microphone, an amplifier, a receiver, and a battery. When sound reaches the hearing aid, the microphone converts it to a signal and sends it off to the amplifier, which then boosts the volume of the sound. When the signal reaches the receiver, it is converted back into sound and sent to the brain. The battery keeps the aid going.
Whistles & Beeps
Hearing aids can malfunction for a number of different reasons. The most common cause is simple feedback, caused by sound leaving your ear and circling back to the hearing aid. This can happen when your ear is too close to another surface (such as a wall, or a chair). Many recent digital aids have feedback cancelling technology that works to prevent this whistling, but even with this increased protection you are likely to get some feedback. Usually this type of whistling is short-lived and can be fixed by removing and re-inserting the hearing aid.
If the whistling is prolonged or happens very frequently, there might be something else wrong like a broken tube, earwax buildup, or a poorly fitting aid. Visit your hearing specialist to get this examined and fixed.
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Do you ever get so stuffed up that you can’t breathe out of one or both nostrils? It could be the result of turbinate hypertrophy – an inflammatory condition that impacts the nostrils and makes it difficult to breathe. Read on for more information about this condition and how to treat it.
What is Turbinate Hypertrophy?
Turbinate hypertrophy is a condition of the nose in which the turbinates become inflamed or enlarged and restrict the passage of air through the nose. The turbinates are tiny structures in the nose that clean the air you breathe as it travels through your nose and to your lungs. The condition is closely related to (and often appears in conjunction with) a deviated septum.
Some of the more common signs and symptoms of turbinate hypertrophy include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to breath through one of your nostrils
- Congestion and stuffy nose
- Snoring & sleep apnea
- Recurring nosebleeds
Perfectly straight septums are quite rare. Most people have at least a slightly deviated septum (and/or turbinate hypertrophy) that causes them to snore or have trouble breathing. Many people simply live with the condition and its associated symptoms. How many people do you know who snore regularly and do nothing to correct the underlying issue? The good news is there are numerous methods to treat turbinate hypertrophy and its symptoms.
Most people who suffer from turbinate hypertrophy attempt to treat the condition with simple, over the counter medications, especially nasal sprays, which can help decrease inflammation and clear up the nasal cavities, allowing air to pass freely through the nostrils. These treatments are often not enough to provide long-lasting relief, especially in patients with severely deviated septums. In these cases, surgery to correct the deviation or reduce the turbinates may be necessary.
The right treatment for you depends on your unique situation. That is why it’s important to get properly diagnosed by a nose doctor. Only then can you take effective steps to treating the condition and breathing better.Posted in nose | Tagged stuffy nose, turbinate hypertrophy | Leave a comment
A new study has linked poor sleeping habits in children to increased health issues across the board. Read on to learn more about the study and what it means for sleep and how it impacts children’s health issues.
The study examined data from roughly 3,000 children. Researchers checked in with the children at four points until the kids reached the age of seven, tracking sleep patterns and overall physical, emotional, and psychological health. Parents were interviewed and filled out sleep journals during the course of the study.
When examining the data, researchers divided the children into four distinct groups:
- Typical Sleepers – those who slept the most as infants and reduced their sleep time as they approached age seven.
- Persistent Short Sleepers – those who exhibited similar patterns to typical sleepers, but got less sleep overall.
- Initially Short Sleepers – those who got less sleep at first, and then began sleeping as much as typical sleepers.
- Poor Sleepers – those who got fewer than 10 hours of sleep a night as infants, and gradually increased their sleep time.
Results showed that poor sleepers had decreased physical health and quality of life, compared to typical sleepers. Persistent short sleepers had lower physical, emotional, and social function than typical sleepers. Additionally, the shorter sleepers were much more likely to develop obesity than typical sleepers.
What’s the Connection?
More research is needed to solidify the exact connection between sleep habits and health. However, the poorer functional outcome and obesity seen in kids with short sleep time is at least partially related to the fact that one of the main surges of growth hormone occurs during sleep. Also, many of the immune mediators including for the appropriate response to a vaccine, are produced and released during sleep.
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Most people have never even heard of the parotid glands, but everyone has them. They are the glands located on the sides of your face that produce saliva. In this blog, we will talk about the parotid glands and how to treat parotid lumps when they form.
What are the Parotid Glands?
The parotid glands, located on each side of your face in front of the ears, are responsible for producing saliva. For several reasons, these glands sometimes produce lumps (tumors). A few signs and symptoms of a parotid gland tumor include the following:
- A weak feeling in the face
- Facial numbness
- The appearance of a bump on the face near the ears
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away to see if the lump is a tumor.
Sometimes tumorous lumps can develop in the parotid glands as a result of overgrowths in the glands. The majority of lumps that form in the parotid glands are benign (non-cancerous), but some are cancerous and life-threatening. In all cases, it is generally good practice to have the tumor removed, regardless of whether it’s benign or malignant. Benign tumors can become malignant over time, growing into other areas of the face. They can also make the face appear unsightly.
Surgical removal of parotid lumps is also known as a parotidectomy. In this procedure the surgeon will remove a section or the entirety of the parotid gland. The surgery usually requires a hospital stay of one or two days and subsequent work leave for another couple weeks. The incision used to remove the tumor is almost identical to the incision used in cosmetic face-lift surgery. It is designed to heal very well with minimal scarring. The procedure is done under general anesthesia (in other words, you will be asleep for the entirety of the surgery).Posted in throat | Tagged lumps, parotid glands | Leave a comment
Pharyngitis is a common condition of the throat marked by inflammation, swelling, and pain. Most people will experience some form of pharyngitis at some point during their lives. In this article, we will discuss pharyngitis, its causes and symptoms, as well as some treatment options.
What is Pharyngitis?
Pharyngitis comes from the Greek root pharanx, which means throat. The condition is the most common cause of sore throats. Signs and symptoms of pharyngitis can include any of the following:
- Sore throat
- Swollen tonsils or lymph nodes
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
The condition can be viral or bacterial in nature, with most cases being the result of a viral infection. Additionally, most cases are acute and resolve quickly with conservative treatments. Other cases are chronic or associated with other serious conditions (strep throat or tonsillitis for example) and can require more complex treatment methods.
Treatment Options for Pharyngitis
Treatment for pharyngitis depends on whether the condition is viral or bacterial. With bacterial infections, antibiotics can usually clear up the pain, soreness, and other symptoms effectively. When the pharyngitis is viral in nature, antibiotics will not help. Allowing the body enough rest to heal itself is generally the best course of treatment in this instance. When the pharyngitis is severe or occurs in conjunction with another malady like tonsillitis, more invasive treatment options may be necessary (in this case, a tonsillectomy to surgically remove the tonsils). It is very difficult to self-diagnose whether the condition is bacterial or viral, which is why it is important to visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine the precise cause of the pharyngitis and the correct avenue for treatment. If you recognize the symptoms of pharyngitis in yourself or your child, make an appointment right away.Posted in throat | Tagged pharyngitis, sore throat | Leave a comment
Nasal polyps are noncancerous tissue growths that can appear along the lining of the nasal passages. In this blog, we will explain what exactly nasal polyps are, as well as how to identify and treat them.
What are Nasal Polyps?
Polyps are tissue growths that protrude from mucous membranes. They can occur in the body wherever mucous membranes are present, but are most commonly found in the nose, colon, stomach, bladder, and sinuses. Nasal polyps are generally painless, but can lead to other serious medical issues if left untreated. Here are a few common signs of nose polyps to help you identify the condition:
- A chronic stuffy or runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Loss of your sense of smell
- Pain in your face, head, or teeth
The exact cause of nasal polyps is not fully understood, but they are most common in adults. People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, or sinus infections may be at an increased risk of developing polyps.
To diagnose the polyps, your doctor may perform imaging tests (MRI or CT scan), allergy tests, or a nasal endoscopy in which a small tube with a camera attached is inserted into the nasal cavity.
Small polyps generally don’t require any treatment. If they are small enough, the patient may not even realize they are present. Larger polyps require more attention as they can obstruct the nasal passages, and even negatively impact your sense of smell. Certain medications such as corticosteroids can be used as a non-surgical treatment method. If these medications fail, surgery to remove the growths may be necessary.
If you have nasal polyps that are causing you pain, or making it difficult to breath through your nose, contact an ear, nose, and throat doctor today for proper diagnosis and treatment.Posted in nose | Tagged nasal polyps, polyps | Leave a comment
Have you ever felt a lump in your neck and immediately assumed it was a tumor? This is most people’s first thought when they feel a neck lump, but the truth is there are many things that can cause a lump in the neck, many of which are nothing to be concerned about. This blog will delve into the types and causes of common neck lumps. We’ll also explain how to identify and treat each type of lump.
Types of Neck Lumps
There are numerous types of conditions that can cause lumps to form in the neck. Here are some of the more common:
- Lymph Nodes. Enlarged lymph nodes can be the result of infections or cancer.
- Salivary Glands. Found directly under the jaw and front of the neck, the salivary glands can become enlarged as the result of injury or torticollis.
- Thyroid Gland. Swelling of the thyroid is commonly caused by thyroid disease or cancer.
Lumps in the neck should always be examined and diagnosed by a medical professional. The lump could be no cause for concern, or it could be a malignant tumor in its early stages. Regardless, getting the lump checked out as soon as possible is the best course of action.
Treatment depends on what is actually causing the lumps. If the neck lump is cancerous, surgical removal is often recommended to excise the tumor and prevent it from spreading. If the lumps are the result of a thyroid infection or disease, a thyroidectomy may be the best course of treatment. If the lump is the result of a minor injury it can likely be treated with non-surgical methods.
To identify the root cause of your neck lump, visit an ENT specialist today.Posted in throat | Tagged lymph nodes, neck lumps | Leave a comment
A new set of research published at this year’s American Thoracic Society International Conference found a link between sleep apnea and associated hearing loss in patients. This data further emphasizes the importance of a good night’s sleep on overall health.
Study and Results
The study examined 13,967 patients from the Hispanic Community Health Study. Of those tested, ten percent had sleep apnea. This sub-group with pre-existing sleep apnea were 90 percent more likely to have low-frequency hearing loss, and 31 percent more likely to have high-frequency hearing loss.
Researchers do not know the precise reason for the link between sleep apnea and hearing loss, but possible theories include:
- The noise from snoring could, over time, be causing deafness
- Limiting vascular supply to the inner ear
These theories require further investigation in subsequent studies before any solid causes can be legitimized.
In other studies, sleep apnea has also been linked to other conditions such as:
- High blood pressure
- Risk of stroke
- Heart Disease
Obstructive sleep apnea is an underlying factor in a number of serious medical conditions, which makes it all the more important to have diagnosed and treated. The body needs sleep, and when that need is not fulfilled, bad things happen.
What is Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which a person periodically stops breathing throughout the night. The most common symptom of the condition is snoring. Sleep apnea is a widely underdiagnosed condition. Some estimates claim that roughly 20 million Americans have the condition without knowing it. Apnea is commonly treated with a CPAP – a tool that helps regulate breathing and oxygen intake during sleep. CPAPs are widely available and easy to operate. If you are a chronic snorer, or feel tired all the time, talk to an ENT specialist today to see if you have sleep apnea.
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Spring is well under way here in Minnesota and for many people that means allergies – running or stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing. A common ailment for stuffy noses is nasal decongestant spray. But are these decongestant sprays really good for you?
Types of Nasal Sprays
Nasal sprays come in several shapes and sizes. Some you can buy over the counter at your local Walgreen’s, others require a prescription. Here are a few of the more common nasal sprays available:
- Decongestant Sprays. These sprays use a variety of chemicals that cause the blood vessels in the nasal cavity to narrow, clearing a stuffy nose. Some sprays also utilize steroids to relive cold symptoms, but these sprays are generally available only through prescription.
- Saline Sprays. These sprays are available over the counter and use a salt-water solution to clear up mild nasal congestion.
These sprays are quite easy to use. The patient places the nozzle just inside one of their nostrils and presses down to release the spray into the nasal cavity while breathing in simultaneously.
Are Nasal Sprays Bad?
Obviously nasal decongestant sprays are good in so far as they clear up your stuffy nose for a period of time. But is there a point at which these sprays become harmful? Overuse of certain nasal sprays can, in fact, be counteractive. When a decongestant spray is used too much in a short span of time, it is possible for the stuffy nose and cold symptoms to worsen. This is known as a “rebound” effect. Generally, decongestant nasal sprays should not be used for more than three days in a row – any longer and you risk rebounding. Saline nasal sprays only contain salt-water solution and can be used as often as the patient wishes without rebounding. The bottom line is – moderation is key. Don’t overdo the nasal spray use or you will soon find yourself looking for another solution to your stuffy nose.Posted in nose, Sinusitis | Tagged decongestant, nasal spray | 1 Comment
Two recent studies from Ireland investigate the potential benefits of Vitamin D on inflammation, the immune system and calcium levels following thyroid surgery. The results were a mixed bag of conclusive and inconclusive. Some valuable insights can be taken from the study, but ultimately it shows that more research is needed on the subject.
Thyroidectomy & Hypocalcemia
Following a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid glands), it is somewhat common for patients to develop hypocalcemia – a condition in which calcium levels in the blood dissipate. There has been speculation that a previous vitamin D deficiency in patients may also be a factor in the post-op development of hypocalcemia, though the theory has yet to be proven.
But that’s exactly what one recent study set out to investigate. The study dissected data from 121 patients who underwent a thyroidectomy and found that roughly 25% developed hypocalcemia following the procedure. The study found no link between vitamin D levels prior to surgery and the development of calcium deficiency after surgery. That being said, the researchers did note that physicians should do work to rebuild calcium levels in patients following thyroid surgery.
The Need for Ongoing Research
This study, like many others, provides a good first step in the analysis of hypocalcemia following thyroid surgery. However (also like many other studies) it requires much more research before a solid conclusion on the matter can be reached. There is a need for ongoing studies to fully understand the scope of these conclusions. However, given the known increase in inflammatory markers when there is a vitamin D deficiency, supplementation of vitamin D and calcium should concomitantly be supplemented when a patient is deficient after a thyroidectomy.
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The FDA recently approved a new and innovative cochlear implant that can help patients with unique hearing loss improve their ability to hear. The device in question is aimed at helping patients who can hear low frequencies but have severely a diminished ability to hear at middle and high frequencies. Read on to learn more about this exciting new device that can be the gateway to better hearing for many patients with hearing loss.
The Device Itself
The new device is called the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant system and is manufactured by Cochlear. It is essentially a hybrid of traditional cochlear hearing implants and hearing aids. The system works by inserting an external microphone and speech processor into the ear canal that transmits to an inner-ear implant. In turn, this creates a sense of sound that the patient can associate with the frequencies they are now unable to hear, and should help patients gain better speech recognition.
It is meant to be used in only one ear, and will likely not be of much help to patients whose hearing is not improved by hearing aids.
Benefits & Risks
The FDA approved the device following a study in which 50 patients with mid to high frequency hearing loss had the devices implanted. The majority of those tested showed improvements in their speech recognition abilities.
The devices are not without their risks, however. Two-thirds of patients tested reported low frequency hearing loss in addition to the improvements in their ability to hear at higher frequencies. Ultimately, the FDA concluded that the benefits outweighed the risks and approved the device.
Cochlear implants have expanded the number of patients that are able to have their hearing rehabilitated in a meaningful way. These new devices can be especially helpful for patients who have few other options to regain their lost hearing.
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Meniere’s disease is a mysterious condition affecting the inner ear. The cause of this disease is not fully known. This article will delve into the condition itself, its causes, and a few options for treatment.
Signs and Symptoms
There are numerous symptoms of Meniere’s disease, many of which can be mistaken for other conditions. A person suffering from Meniere’s disease may have any combination of the following symptoms:
The disease usually only impacts a single ear, but it can impact both ears simultaneously. The disease is most likely to crop up in middle-aged patients, but can appear in patients of any age. Meniere’s disease is difficult to self-diagnose because its symptoms can be mistaken for other conditions. For an accurate diagnosis, evaluation by a qualified ENT doctor is necessary. The precise cause of the disease is not fully known. It may be the result of excess inner ear fluid, loud volumes, or a combination of other factors.
Because the cause of Meniere’s disease is not known, there is no way to cure the condition. As a result, treatment is focused on mitigating the symptoms of the disease. A few common treatment options include:
- Medications to control the nausea and motion sickness associated with vertigo.
- Hearing aids if the condition reduces your ability to hear.
- Injections to the middle ear that can help reduce symptoms of vertigo.
When these options don’t work, or the vertigo is so severe that it prevents the patient from accomplishing daily tasks, surgery may be indicated. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have had vertigo episodes in the past you may have Meniere’s disease. Consult with an experienced ear, nose, and throat physician to confirm the condition and plot a course for treatment.Posted in Ear | Tagged inner ear, meniere's disease | Leave a comment
We are hosting two open houses next week at our clinic focusing on Venus Legacy – a new skin tightening and body contouring cosmetic service we provide. Check out more details about the event and Venus Legacy below.
Here are the details of the event:
- When: Tuesday, May 20th & Wednesday, May 21st
- Time: 5-8pm
- Where: Andros ENT & Sleep Center, 5565 Blaine Ave, Inver Grove Heights MN
Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Come socialize with your colleagues and get a free massage while you learn about what Venus Legacy can do for you!
Please RSVP at 651-888-7800.
What is Venus Legacy?
Body contouring is a cosmetic procedure aimed at the reduction of cellulite and wrinkles. There are a number of techniques that can be used to tighten skin. Venus Legacy has created two relatively new methods called LiftFX and SculptFX. These procedures tighten the skin using radio frequency and magnetic pulse therapy to contract your collagen.
LiftFX and SculptFX are completely painless and completely safe. You can learn more about Venus Legacy at their website.
We hope to see you at our open house next week!Posted in Events | Tagged open house, venus legacy | Leave a comment
Most people have experienced post-nasal drip at some point in their lives – even if they didn’t realize it at the time. Post-nasal drip occurs when excess mucus builds up at the back of the throat and drips down from the back of the nose. Here we will describe post-nasal drip to help you identify the condition, and also give you a few methods for treatment.
What Causes Post-Nasal Drip?
Mucus is a naturally occurring and necessary element of the human body. It is produced by our glands and helps fight off infection by cleaning our nasal cavities and trapping any foreign materials that find their way into our noses and throat. However, sometimes glands produce mucus that is too thin or too thick – leading to post-nasal drip.
Post-nasal drip is often accompanied by other illnesses like the common cold, sinus infections, or seasonal allergies. It can exacerbate symptoms related to these conditions, especially leading to:
- Sore throat
- Swelled tonsils and glands
Post-nasal drip can be the result of a bacterial infection, a viral infection, or a related ENT condition.
Treatment Options for Post-Nasal Drip
Treating post-nasal drip requires an ear, nose, and throat exam. The specific method of treatment depends directly on the cause of the dripping and any other associated conditions. If the drip is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics can be prescribed to attack the infection. Post-nasal drip associated with allergies is best treated by treating the allergies with various allergy medications. When chronic sinusitis is involved a balloon sinuplasty is generally the best option for providing long-term relief billige viagra kaufen.
If you suffer from post-nasal drip, it is most likely related to another condition of the ear, nose, or throat. Set up an appointment with an ENT physician to get your post-nasal drip taken care of today.Posted in allergies | Tagged allergies, post-nasal drip | Leave a comment
Spasmodic dysphonia is a condition affecting the vocal cords in which the patient has trouble speaking because of muscle spasms. In this article we will walk through the definition and causes of spasmodic dysphonia, as well as the symptoms and treatment options for the condition.
Definition & Causes
The exact cause of spasmodic dysphonia is not known. It was once believed to be a psychological problem. Now it is generally believed to be an issue that stems from the central nervous system. Spasmodic dysphonia usually occurs gradually over time, and is often not associated with any particular injury or affliction. The condition is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50 and may be passed down through familial genes.
Signs & Treatments
Listed below are some of the more common symptoms of spasmodic dysphonia:
- A hoarse voice
- A wavering or cracking voice
- Inability to speak easily
In severe cases of dysphonia it can be very difficult to understand the sufferer at all. At this time there is no cure for spasmodic dysphonia. As a result, treatments are geared toward mitigating symptoms (namely reducing the speech issues that result from the condition). The most common treatment is a botox injection directly into the affected muscles. Botox can reduce symptoms and help the voice return to normal for a period of several months – after which the symptoms will likely return gradually. To maintain a normal voice, the patient will have to have reinjections every few months. Voice therapy can also be an effective treatment option. Surgery to repair the larynx can also be attempted in extreme cases. However, the benefits of this surgery are still being studied and are currently unknown. If you are suffering from spasmodic dysphonia symptoms, make an appointment with an ENT physician to discuss your options for treatment.Posted in throat | Tagged spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cords | Leave a comment
Vocal cord polyps are growths that can appear on the membranes covering the vocal cords. They are relatively common in people who work in voice-intensive jobs. In this article we will talk about what causes vocal cord polyps, how to identify polyps, and the best treatment options.
Causes & Symptoms
Vocal cord polyps are most common in people who utilize their vocal cords a lot. This can include singers, teachers, attorneys, or people who lecture on a regular basis. In addition to excessive use of the vocal cords, polyps can also stem from environmental allergic reactions, infections, and continual inhalation of inhalers or cigarette smoke over time.
The most common symptoms of vocal polyps are hoarseness of the voice and shortness of breath.
Treatments & Prevention
Treatment options for vocal cord polyps depend on the cause of the polyps, severity of symptoms, and size of polyps present. Conservative treatments include a steroidal spray, antireflux medications, use of a microphone, and voice therapy. In more severe cases, surgical removal of the polyps may be necessary.
Polyps also have the potential to become cancerous so it’s often necessary to do a biopsy on the polyps especially in a smoker.
After the polyps are treated and/or removed, the patient should work with their physician to create a prevention plan so the polyps do not recur.
If you have a voice-intensive job and are having symptoms of hoarseness, you may have polyps. Make an appointment with your physician to plot a course for evaluation and treatment.Posted in throat | Tagged polyps, vocal cord | Leave a comment
During the open house you will have the opportunity to schedule a complimentary appointment for the following services:
- A no-obligation hearing evaluation
- An otoscopic exam of your ears (it may just be wax!)
We will also be demonstrating some of todays most advanced hearing aid technology, including the Halo IPhone Hearing Aid (more on that below). Desserts and beverages will be provided.
If you are unable to attend, you can always call to schedule your complementary appointment – (651) 237-5277.
Here are the details of the event:
Special Hearing Open House
DATE: Saturday, May 3rd
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
PRESENTATION TIME: 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: 5565 Blaine Avenue, #225
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
RSVP TODAY at (651) 237-5277
Click here to view the event brochure.
The Made for iPhone Hearing Aid.
Halo hearing aids connect directly to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via a TruLink Hearing Control app. Together Halo and TruLink deliver the most personalized hearing experience ever and are designed to:
- Stream calls from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids using Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
- Deliver pristine sound and exceptional listening clarity
- Help you hear comfortably in noise
- Eliminate buzzing and whistling
- Stream FaceTime, music and more directly to your hearing aids
Mark your calendar for our hearing aid open house to learn more about these incredible new advancements in hearing aid technology!Posted in Ear, Hearing loss | Tagged hearing, hearing aid | Leave a comment
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