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Hearing aid fittings are designed to ensure you get the best auditory experience from your hearing devices. Whether you’re using in-canal hearing aids, in-ear hearing aids, or behind-the-ear hearing aids, our hearing professionals will use your hearing aid fitting to make sure you’re getting the most from your equipment. If you’ve never had a hearing aid fitting before or it’s

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When it comes to ensuring you receive the right medical care, knowing which medical specialist to turn to for assistance will always be very important. In this piece, we have focused on ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors and the conditions they are able to treat. What is an ENT doctor? An ENT doctor is a medical professional that specializes

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Your throat is one area of the body you may not pay enough attention to until a problem pops up. When you are dealing with issues in the throat, you’ll likely power on through and deal with saltwater rinses and crushed ice pops for comfort. The thing is, there will be a time where this is not enough, and you

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If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, then you might now be searching for the right type of hearing aid to suit your needs. To be able to do this effectively, you need to understand the three top hearing aid styles on the market right now, and use this information to come to a decision, as well as

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When it comes to hearing devices, maintenance and repairs are incredibly important. Not just for the health of your device, but also for maintaining good hearing health too. What we are looking at today is when you should see a hearing health professional for repairs on your hearing device. Environmental Damage Environmental damage is one of the most common forms

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Behind the ear hearing aids are one of the most common types of hearing aid on the market right now. Many people who have hearing aids opt for this choice for several reasons, one of these being that it is the traditional option. In this article, we are going to be looking at behind the ear hearing aids, what they

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Children are constantly mixing with others and sharing germs, so it’s not a shock that they’re magnets for infections. The key for children who are dealing with health conditions is to know when to speak to a pediatric ENT doctor.  Ear, nose and throat conditions in children are not uncommon; which means that you are likely to be seeing your

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While there will always be an element of subjectivity involved in every individual case of hearing loss, generally, there are four particular causes of the condition.  Before discussing these causes in more depth, it is first important to outline the three types of hearing loss people can experience, as each type of hearing loss has different causes. These are:  Sensorineural: The

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When choosing a hearing aid, one of the most important decisions you will make is regarding the style of hearing aid that you select.  In this piece, we'll provide an in-depth overview of the three most common styles : behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC), as well as information regarding how each style

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Audiologists play a role in managing hearing health, especially for those who have been diagnosed with hearing loss . It’s important to ensure you find an audiologist who offers the qualities associated with the best in the profession, such as: Excellent communication skills As a patient, you need your audiologist to be able to convey all relevant information to you

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Balloon sinus surgery, also known as balloon sinuplasty, is a new technique that has revolutionized treatment for sinus issues in recent years. It was first introduced in the United States around 15 years ago, and since then it has taken off all over the world, becoming an exceptionally popular treatment for sinus conditions. It involves using sophisticated technology with a

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If you need to have a hearing aid fitting , you may be wondering what to expect during this appointment. How long is it going to last? What will happen? Will I need to see my audiologist again afterward? These are just a few questions that you may have, which is why we decided to put this blog post together.

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Vertigo is described as feeling a sense of dizziness or spinning and can result from a number of different causes, ranging from an ear infection to disruption of the fluid in your ear. While symptoms can often resolve on their own after a few days or a week, individuals that experience the spinning sensation for longer or more frequently should

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Snoring surgery is typically carried out by an ear, nose and throat specialist. The most common procedure is the somnoplasty, a procedure that uses heat to manipulate tissues in your throat to lessen the effect of snoring. In most cases, it can completely remove the sound of snoring but is typically used as a last resort once all other options

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When you know that you need tonsil surgery , you may not really know what to expect. And there’s nothing scarier than the unknown – especially when it comes to surgery. While all surgeries can be intimidating, tonsil surgery can be particularly worrisome. Due to the area in which the surgery is carried out, you may have queries as to

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There are many problems that can affect your hearing over time in life. It’s essential that you try to do what you can to research your hearing issues and understand them as much as possible. When it comes to improving your hearing, you should do whatever it takes to make it better again, from meeting with audiologists to reading as many

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If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, your thoughts will immediately turn to selecting your hearing aids. Wanting the best hearing aid for your hearing loss is natural, but there are many things to consider when making this decision. Unfortunately, there is no singular best hearing aid that is the perfect fit for everyone. Everyone will have different

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Hearing devices can be complicated little pieces of technology . Knowing if the problem is that of maintenance or repair can be tricky. We are going to look at some of the signs that your hearing aid needs repairs and just what is causing the issue. Silence Although this should go without saying if you are getting little to no

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Nobody likes the thought of losing their hearing. Unfortunately, hearing loss is almost unavoidable as you go through life. When you get older, your hearing will naturally suffer and get worse. But, certain things – like being exposed to loud noises – can speed up this process.  If you suffer from hearing loss, then an audiologist can help you. See

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An ear, nose and throat specialist (otherwise known as an ENT doctor) can diagnose and treat a range of medical conditions (as well as those of all ages), from tonsillitis to tinnitus and nasal obstruction. They have completed medical school and specialist training (as well as often developing a subspecialty in a related field - such as thyroid treatment and

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Septum surgery is used when people are having problems caused by abnormalities in the septum part of the nose. These problems often relate to breathing , so it makes sense to take action if you’re struggling with those kinds of problems. If it’s something that you might be interested in, read on to learn more about it. It’s sometimes helpful

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An otolaryngologist, also known as an ENT specialist , is an expert at treating any conditions or disorders that are related to your ears, nose and throat. Be it a sore throat, potential hearing loss or a blocked nose; an ENT doctor can help you out. But when do you really need to see an ENT as opposed to a

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Sleep apnea is a health condition that can be very severe in some people. It causes the walls of the thorax to become weak during sleep, which results in them closing in and becoming narrower. This can then lead to breathing problems while individuals are asleep. As a result, they are likely to suffer from very disrupted sleep, which can

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If you are suffering from a headache, then your first point of call will probably be your own medicine cabinet at home. Taking a painkiller will usually do the trick. However, if the headache continues for a long time, or you start to get them a lot more frequently, it could be time to see the doctor. There are various

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If you have noticed that you have a buzzing, ringing or hissing in one or both of your ears, you may be suffering from a condition known as tinnitus . There are a lot of people that deal with the effects of tinnitus daily, and this means that there are a lot of questions that require answering about the condition

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There are a lot of health changes and developments you will face throughout your life, and hearing loss is a big one. This often comes about as you get older, but it can strike at any age, and you need to be prepared to deal with it. The best way of achieving this is to make sure you are focused

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There are lots of reasons for wanting to take your child to a pediatric ENT doctor. If they’re having problems relating to their ear, nose or throat and you have been able to get the help you need from a general practitioner, it definitely makes sense to at least consider taking your child to a pediatric ENT doctor. If you’re

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Throat health is important, so if you’re having problems with your throat, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek help from a medical professional who’s able to assist you. In particular, you should be looking for an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist because they can help you in a variety of ways. Here are the various things they can do for

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Do you consistently experience nosebleeds or severe facial pain? If so, it’s possible that you have a condition known as a deviated septum. This condition can cause a range of difficulties that we’re going to discuss below. When you meet with an otolaryngologist , or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor about these issues, they may advise septum surgery as

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If you’re amongst the millions of people who suffer from sinus issues like chronic sinusitis, but non-invasive treatments haven’t helped you as effectively as you would like, your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor may recommend surgery. But should you take that option? Here, we’re going to look at some of the most frequently experienced benefits that may help you

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Your ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist may recommend a range of surgeries to treat sleep apnea , from nasal surgery to soft palate implants. However, you may be wondering if surgery is necessary in the first place. Beyond the most common reason, that non-surgical treatments simply aren’t working as effectively as hoped, here are real reasons to consider it.

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Botox is one of the most misunderstood things in the world today. A lot of people shy away from these injections as they’re not sure if they’re safe or not. Some people claim that they’re dangerous, but is this really the case? To help you understand Botox injections in more detail, we’ve put together this blog post that goes over

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Everyone is born with a set of tonsils, which are basically two little masses of lymphoid tissue that sit towards the back of your throat. For the most part, your tonsils will help fight off infections and keep you nice and healthy. However, there are situations where you may need to think about removing your tonsils. Here at Santa Cruz

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In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are small in size and ideal for people looking for something a little more discreet. ITC devices sit in the ear canal, making them less obvious that larger options like behind the ear (BTE) or in the ear (ITE). This can present many benefits, but numerous factors should be considered when determining if they’re the right

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When it comes to all issues with hearing, balance and the ears, the audiologist is the comprehensive source of information and treatment that you need. But when, exactly, should you make an appointment with them? Here, we’re going to look at when it’s time to see your audiologist. You’re concerned about hearing loss The most common concern an audiologist helps

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Your pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor can be a critical partner in the care of your child for most of their young life. ENT issues encompass a wider range of issues that many parents might expect, so here are some of the most common conditions they can help with. Sinus infections and inflammation When we are young, our sinuses

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Balloon sinus surgery is one of the most popular methods of dealing with sinusitis without having to undergo invasive surgery. Although there’s a relatively quick recovery period immediately following the procedure, there are still a couple of ways to ensure that you speed up the recovery process so that you can get back on your feet and continue with your

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Tinnitus can be a horrible condition to live with. It is characterized by noises in the ear that have no external cause. They can include humming, whistling, whooshing or ringing. It's likely that tinnitus is really caused by the brain asking for more information from the ears, which it's not receiving. It can arise from a variety of issues, from

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Tonsil surgery , also known as a tonsillectomy, is a procedure to remove the tonsils. Though it’s most commonly recommended for children, there are plenty of adults who may need it, as well. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common reasons to seek tonsil surgery and the signs that you might want to talk to your

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Many people are apprehensive about going for a hearing test because they have never before experienced one. Hearing tests are painless, and they are noninvasive meaning that there really is no reason why having one would be uncomfortable. As well as this, a lot of people don’t know what to expect during a hearing test, and people fear the unknown.

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Sleep apnea is a breathing condition that causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping. Although the breathing pauses are usually short - less than 10 seconds in most cases - the condition can be extremely difficult to live with and has a number of symptoms that can impact a person’s ability to live life to the full. As a

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There are many different types of hearing aids your audiologist might recommend if you go to see them for an assessment. The audiologist will determine the nature of your hearing loss and the severity of the issue. They will then let you know which types of hearing aids are more suitable for your condition. In case the audiologist recommends in-the-ear

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Audiologists are specialists who work predominantly with the ears. Though hearing loss is probably the most common issue they deal with each day, they are also highly trained to diagnose and treat other conditions too. If you have any problems with your ears, you should always see an audiologist for a checkup but here are 4 of the most common

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Many people develop chronic sinus infections that don’t seem to respond well to non-invasive treatment. If that happens to you; you probably want to know what your ear, nose and throat specialist will recommend next, right? Well, balloon sinus surgery is a popular choice because it helps to open the sinuses safely and effectively. If your ENT tells you that

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A lot of blood vessels are located in the nose, one of the most vulnerable areas of the face. Having blood rushing out of the nose is scary, but is sometimes not as bad as it looks. A one-time nosebleed from trauma doesn’t need an exhaustive visit to the doctor. However, constant nosebleeds are a cause for concern if they

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A little maintenance and care is essential for the health of your hearing aid device . Dust, debris, makeup residue and earwax can clog up the device. Not only does this make it less effective at what it’s supposed to do, but it can cause damage if left in there for too long. Cleaning the device properly is a vital

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Vertigo is a feeling that you’re off balance. It’s a strange sensation to many people and it’s often characterized by dizzy spells or a feeling that you’re spinning around. Some people often describe it as not themselves that’s spinning, but the world and environment around them. It can be an unusual feeling to experience, so in this post, we’ll be

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When the body’s immune system has an abnormal reaction to normal things, then allergies may play a role. Many of these normal things are harmless to most people, yet cause allergy sufferers immense discomfort. Allergens are everywhere, so dealing with allergies related to sinuses is slightly more complicated. Instead of depending on a confused body to fight the war, patients

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Children are constantly at risk of developing many medical conditions that require immediate attention from a specialist. In the case of ENT problems, how does a parent know when something is severe enough to see a pediatric ENT doctor ? The problem is that a lot of conditions have symptoms that are common in children anyway - like a sore

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Your first appointment with the audiologist is always the scariest, especially if you believe that your hearing is damaged. In truth, though, there’s very little to fear. After all, the audiologist is there to provide support and hopefully restore a sense of normality. Nonetheless, removing the sense of unknowingness can only have a positive impact ahead of your visit. Here’s

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