Do you know the differences between when snoring is just an occasional annoyance and when it's a potential health problem? Knowing the symptoms of sleep apnea can help you decide whether to schedule a visit with an ENT doctor. Here's what you should know about snoring.
Hearing loss is a common issue for many Americans, but that doesn’t make it less concerning when it happens to you. Today’s ENT centers, and audiologists, in particular, can help you cope with and treat hearing loss. But they also can help you address issues you might be experiencing to help avoid hearing loss altogether.
It’s springtime, which means warmer weather, lots of sunshine, and plenty of blooms. Those pretty flowers and blossoming trees might be welcome after a long, cold winter, but for some they spell misery.
Tree pollen is one of the worst offenders for seasonal spring allergies. Trees such as birch and oak produce millions of pollen grains and can stick around for quite a while. Some other common tree pollens that can cause issues are cottonwood, elm, maple, aspen, poplar, and beech.
Should you see an audiologist or an ENT doctor for your hearing issue? There are definite differences between the two professions, and your treatment will depend on your condition and even what's causing it. Here's how to determine whom you should contact and what services they can provide.
A problem with your ears, your nose, or your throat may begin with a visit to your family physician or urgent care center. If the problem turns out to be more than routine, you may be referred to an ENT doctor.
What is an ENT Doctor?
ENT doctor is the commonly used term for physicians specializing in diseases or disorders of the ears, nose, or throat. Otolaryngology is the field of specialty, and it's the longest-standing of the medical specialty professions in the United States.
Recent studies have indicated that there may be a link between diabetes and hearing loss, particularly for elderly patients. While hearing loss isn't necessarily a side effect for all individuals with diabetes, it is one to watch for in order to help patients address the issue early on.
Signs of Hearing Loss
If you are a caregiver for an individual with or at risk for diabetes, or if you have a loved one who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, here are a few of the key things to watch for:
At some point in their lives, up to 25% of the population will experience tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can be mildly annoying, or it can be debilitating. For some, it dramatically impacts their quality of life.
There is a lot of misinformation and confusion about tinnitus. Here are some important facts to know about it.
For those experiencing ear disease or hearing loss, the good news is that there are new developments in hearing aid technology. This year, those with hearing loss can expect continual advancements in the options available, as well as improvements in the way hearing aids impact their lives. Here are a few things to expect to see this year.
Sudden dizzy spells can happen to anyone. They occur for a variety of reasons, and most of the time there's nothing to worry about. If you are experiencing them frequently, however, there might be something going on that should be addressed by an ear, nose, and throat doctor.
Why Am I Dizzy?
Dizziness can be a sign of a condition such as vertigo, but it can also be a short-term spell that stems from any number of reasons, such as:
While there are a host of reasons people don’t like air travel, a common complaint is the onset of illness after travel. Our sinuses can be sensitive, especially in environments we are unaccustomed to. Not only that, but planes can harbor some pretty deadly germs for up to 7 days. Auburn University researchers James Barbaree and Kiril Vaglenov say that airplane armrests are worse than a toilet flush handle.