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These days most of us lead pretty busy lives. That means some things get pushed to the back of the line. But when it comes to your health, it’s never a good idea to put things off. That’s especially true when it comes to getting your hearing checked . Now you may be thinking that this is one exam you

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Most people with a deviated septum aren’t aware it exists. It doesn’t pose a problem to their breathing or lifestyle. Other folks aren’t so lucky. Chances are if you are seeing the ear, nose and throat specialist for problems with a deviated septum it is because you have been referred by your primary physician. Symptoms While most people never notice

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What is chronic sinusitis? Sinusitis occurs when the hollow spaces around the nasal passages are inflamed. Chronic sinusitis is sinusitis for 12 or more weeks that does not respond to medical intervention. What causes chronic sinusitis? The most common cause of chronic sinusitis is infection from bacteria, viruses or fungi or allergies that are not well controlled. The sinuses are

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If you have problems with chronic sinus infections, sore throats, ear infections or tonsillitis your primary care physician may suggest that you see an otolaryngologist for treatment. Otolaryngologists are commonly known as ENTs because they specialize in treatment of the ears, nose and throat. In addition, they also treat most balance and vertigo problems since those issues are frequently caused

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Tinnitus can be a very debilitating hearing issue. Tinnitus is defined as a constant buzzing, ringing or whooshing noise. This constant noise present can create many issues, including depression, anger, isolation and headaches. What can be done to help those suffering from tinnitus? How can they reinvent themselves back into society without letting tinnitus take over their lives? Hearing aids

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You don’t usually think of sleep apnea as a problem for children. Most people associate sleep apnea with overweight adults. However, children can suffer from sleep apnea and ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors can help. Sleep apnea in children Sleep apnea is not something to kid around with. During sleep apnea, breathing stops for at least 10 seconds at

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Nothing comes between bed partners like snoring. Match.com cites snoring as the number one medical cause of divorce. Snoring is not only dangerous to relationships; it can be dangerous to your health as well. Snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea , a serious condition where breathing ceases periodically while you sleep. In some instances, surgery can end snoring

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Autumn is hay fever season. There’s also pollen, grass, pet dander and dust contributing to allergies . The most common symptoms are itchy and watery eyes and a stuffy nose. Can allergies affect your ears? Yes, in several ways. Why do you have an allergic reaction? When a foreign substance, such as pollen. causes hypersensitivity, your immune system responds by

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When you think of sleep apnea treatment, do you think of your ENT ? You should! Sleep apnea is caused by a narrowing or collapse in the airway that lasts more than 10 seconds at a time. People with sleep apnea literally stop breathing when they sleep. The constant pauses in breathing results in less oxygen making it into the blood. This

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Colds, flu and allergies have similar symptoms: sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, watery, itchy eyes and a general feeling of sickness. But did you know your ears could be affected as well? Colds, flu and allergies can cause diminished hearing, a clogged or “full” feeling in the ears. While somewhat annoying, it’s usually a temporary condition. The parts of the ear

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