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Hearing loss is affecting your life, and your audiologist suggested a hearing device to make life better for you. But with all the choices of styles available, how will you decide? Top styles are always a good indication because if thousands of other people like you use them, why not you? In the ear (ITE) ITE hearing aids are usually

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A hearing aid is a piece of technology that is used regularly or every day in many cases, so it's not surprising you will run into some tech issues with it during your time with the device. But if you know some of the signs and symptoms of a damaged hearing aid device you should be able to guard against

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Hearing loss is an incredibly common condition around the world, with most adults living with it as they get older. No two cases are the same, and everyone experiences hearing loss to a different degree. An audiologist is the best professional to visit when you are living with something like this, but you need to make sure that you’re asking

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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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Sleep disorders are associated with bad health, and if left unchecked can lead to severe consequences. Every case is different, so finding out the cause of the disorder requires careful testing by professionals. Santa Cruz E.N.T. studies sleep disorders, finding risks and minimizing their effects. Types of sleep disorders Sleep disorders are high in numbers, so there are categories to

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Getting hearing aids might not be something that you're particularly excited about. In fact, you might be reluctant to wear them, even though you know that they can improve your hearing. Maybe you feel like you're too young to wear hearing aids or you don't like the thought of admitting that you need to use an assistive device. But hearing

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When was the last time you had a hearing test? If it has been years, rather than months, it may be a good idea to get in touch with an audiologist and book a test. You may assume that everything is fine, but if you’ve started to turn up the volume on the TV or the radio or you’re asking

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For many people, a hearing aid fitting can be a daunting prospect. Many people see it as a long appointment that will require a lot of trial and error or talking with their audiologist, but it’s nowhere near as bad as most people make it out to be. The truth is, with so many advances in modern technology it’s actually

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If you’ve scheduled an appointment or a fitting with an audiologist in the near future, then you’re probably wondering what type of questions you should be asking them. Whether it’s questions about your hearing or how to take care of your hearing aids, we’ve prepared a couple of useful questions that you should definitely consider asking your audiologist. 1. What

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When patients develop a thyroid condition, it changes the way they approach each day. The thyroid is a gland that is located in the lower neck and is responsible for metabolism growth and development. When the thyroid is compromised, both children and adults face an uphill battle to get well. An ear, nose and throat (ENT) professional is able to

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Tonsil surgery , also known as a tonsillectomy, is a procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsils are the small glands found at the back of your throat. Their purpose is to help fight infection and they reduce in size around the ages of three. However, your tonsils can occasionally do harm to your body. For instance, if you commonly have

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When you visit any health care provider for the first time, it is perfectly normal to be a little nervous. You may not know what to expect from your visit with the ENT, or otolaryngologist. This guide will help you prepare for your appointment and put you at ease. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork No first visit to any doctor’s office would

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Have you recently been diagnosed with hearing loss? Perhaps you’ve decided enough is enough and you spoke to your local audiologist regarding your hearing. If that’s the case, there’s a good chance you’re eager to start using your hearing aids as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the fitting process can take longer than expected. Nevertheless, it’s actually one of the most

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Anyone can suffer vertigo at any time during their lives. There are many different causes of the condition, and it’s vital that you visit an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist as soon as possible if you notice any of the symptoms. Lots of people have no idea about treatment options when it comes to dealing with vertigo. With that

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Chronic sinusitis is defined as inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for more than 12 weeks. In reality, it is a condition that is extremely painful and frustrating because it doesn’t respond to standard medical treatment. You take antibiotics, decongestants and steroids but the pain and difficulty breathing continues. You start to think you will never feel well again. But

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Hearing aids are incredibly powerful, but delicate, pieces of technology. This means they require extra care, maintenance and handling to ensure they keep operating in optimal shape. When you first get your hearing aids, your audiologist will work with you on the ins and outs of your devices – this includes not only how to operate them – but the

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We live in a noisy world, and it only continues to get noisier. Although the increasing volume of our environment may inconvenience us, the real problem lies in its potential to cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Affected by the duration and intensity of noise exposure, this type of hearing damage usually occurs slowly over a lifetime. A recent report from

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When you are visiting an audiologist for the first time, it’s natural that you’ll be a little nervous. After all, you’re going through an unknown medical procedure, and you’re not entirely sure what’s in store. You know you’re going to have a hearing test , but the results of that test – and what you can do about them –

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If your hearing test results indicate you would benefit from hearing aids , you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Granted, there is a lot to learn about the devices and how they improve your hearing, but most people learn quickly. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the basics, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with any hearing aid features you

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Many people throughout the world have tinnitus . However, many people do not understand this health condition properly. To help raise awareness and identify symptoms, the following is a list of five FAQs that can help you learn more about this ailment. 1. How many people are afflicted with tinnitus? It is estimated that around 50 million Americans have at

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