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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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Hearing tests are an important tool for monitoring hearing health and assessing whether or not a person has hearing loss . However, if you have never gotten a hearing test before, then you may not know exactly where to go to get one or what to expect. Here are three things to know about what to expect when you have

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If you’re researching hearing aids , there’s a good chance you have noticed a decline in your hearing. Hearing aids can make a big improvement in your quality of life. Today’s hearing aids are like mini-computers to help improve the frequencies of sound you hear as well as amplify that sound. Here are four tips to help choose the right

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Are you getting ready for your first audiology appointment ? If you’ve got hearing loss and you’re ready to get treatment, chances are good you’re going to visit an audiologist. An audiologist, after all, is a hearing healthcare professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus and other balance disorders. They use an array of tests

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Outdoor enthusiasts love their sports, whether it’s hiking, cycling, climbing, jogging, swimming, camping – you name it! And if you’re one of those outdoor-types, you may be under the impression that hearing aids and an active lifestyle don’t mix. It’s just not true! With a little preparation and information, your active lifestyle and your hearing aids will work together. Avoid

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If tonsils are chronically inflamed and infected, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor will recommend removal. Tonsillectomy is a fairly simple procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. ENTs may perform many tonsil surgery procedures each year, but they don’t always do it the same way. Here are five different types of tonsil surgery . 1. Cold scalpel

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Today’s hearing aids are very durable and resistant to damage from moisture, wax and impact. However, if you wear them for several years, they will occasionally need to be repaired. It can be frustrating or even unsafe to go without your hearing aids, so it’s important to deal with any damages or malfunctions as soon as possible. One reason some

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Choosing the right hearing aid is important regardless of what age you’re diagnosed with hearing loss, but it’s especially vital for children to be fit with the right hearing aids and accessories that meet their unique needs as they grow and learn. If you’re in the process of selecting a hearing aid for your child, consider these four tips. 1.

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If you have a problem with your hearing or balance, then you may be wondering which medical professional you should see. Audiologists, primary care physicians and ENT doctors may all come to mind. However, while all three of these doctors may be useful, there are certain situations where you would be better off seeing each one of these three doctors.

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When you have an appointment with the audiologist for a hearing test , there will be a number of tests performed. That’s because audiologists use different types of tests to get a clear picture of your ability to hear. The audiologist will use these tests to determine how well the different components of your ears are functioning and what can

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Audiologists are highly trained medical professionals who often have doctorate level educations. They have to go through years of training and practice before they can start working in the field. By the time audiologists start treating patients, they are already experts in treating and diagnosing hearing and balance impairments. This means when it comes to hearing aids audiologists can be

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Have you been told you have hearing loss? Perhaps you’ve heard from friends, family or coworkers suspicions that you have hearing loss. You may have been told the television or radio is too loud. Or, you experience people mumbling in conversations, causing you to ask people to repeat themselves often. Maybe it is difficult to discern and follow conversations in

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Tinnitus , the condition characterized by a constant – and annoying – buzzing, hissing, clicking or whooshing of the ears, is a difficult and often debilitating issue to live with. According to the American Hearing-Language-Speech Association (ASHA), nearly 15 percent of Americans suffer from tinnitus. Causes of tinnitus Unlike many auditory or balance disorders, tinnitus is a symptom of an

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We are all individuals. In every aspect of our lives, we are different from one another. Take vacations for example: Do you live for Vegas or does the thought make you shudder? If you love sunning yourself by the pool with a cocktail in hand, then the prospect of camping and hiking probably leaves you cold. The same goes for

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Do you suspect your child has hearing loss? If so, fear not; an audiologist can help diagnose your child’s type and degree of hearing loss. When visiting an audiologist, it is important to arm yourself with questions in order to get the most out of your child’s appointment.  After all, you’ll be learning a lot of new information, so having

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Looking for an audiologist is no easy feat. Even though hearing loss is becoming increasingly common in the world around us, there is a significant lack of information on the condition that people can have access to. While there are many articles and blogs online that can help individuals with hearing loss understand their condition better, it is crucial to

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You’ve had your hearing aids for years and you trust them. Even if you’ve taken excellent care of your units, you may want to consider taking a look at the latest hearing aids. Whether it’s older technology or changes in your hearing, there are many reasons to ask yourself, “Is it time to upgrade my hearing aids?” How well do

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Selecting the right audiologist from the wide array of professionals serving your area can be a daunting task. There are several factors you need to consider and numerous professionals you should speak to before making the final selection. Lucky for you, we have boiled down all of this overwhelming information into a list of 10 things for you to consider

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You notice that you’re saying, “What?” more often and things just don’t sound the same. Your spouse complains that the TV is too loud. It’s probably time to see an audiologist for a hearing test appointment. After the examination of your ears and your medical history, you will have several hearing tests. The results determine if you need hearing aids

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If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, your audiologist will prescribe hearing aids. Successfully wearing hearing aids is a multi-step process. It begins with the hearing assessment. Next, you will discuss the different styles, models, and features you need. The audiologist will order your hearing aids and schedule a fitting. During the fitting, the hearing aid programs will be

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Not being able to hear to your full potential is definitely a frightening and frustrating event. Most hearing loss occurs with age very gradually and subtly. But when does hearing loss result in a need to see an audiologist ? We’re here to answer these common questions. What is an audiologist? An audiologist is a professional with an advanced degree

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Hearing loss can develop at any age and comes in several degrees (mild to profound). Unsurprisingly, it creates hurdles for you to lead a normal life. If you’re suffering from hearing loss you should consider scheduling an appointment with an audiologist . Not only will they improve your hearing health, they will help eradicate the barriers faced in communication. Audiologists are hearing

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If you find yourself turning up the volume on the television, asking people to repeat themselves and are having difficulty hearing in noisy places, you may need hearing aids . In order to choose the right units, it’s important to have your hearing tested before you buy. There are several styles of hearing aids and all do more than just

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Choosing the best audiologist for your needs isn’t necessarily an easy task. You need to be sure that you can be comfortable with them, that they will understand your degree of hearing loss and are an overall good healthcare provider. Getting a referral from a friend or family member One of the best ways to figure out if an audiologist

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If it seems as if things sound a bit muffled or you find you’re always turning up the volume, it may be time for a hearing test. Most people haven’t had a hearing exam in quite a few years – if at all! But don’t worry, hearing tests are painless. The screening appointment takes about an hour at the audiologist

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There are many possible reasons why your hearing aid may appear to be dead or malfunctioning; some of these issues are quite easy to fix yourself. Before you contact your audiologist, make sure you have checked for all possible causes that can be remedied at home. That way, if you still end up having to take your hearing aid in

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Have you been struggling with hearing loss and you’ve finally scheduled an appointment with an audiologist in your area? You might be wondering what will happen during this appointment, whether any of the tests will hurt or what your treatment options are. The good news is your visit with the audiologist will be completely pain-free, and they’ll walk you through

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Purchasing a hearing aid is about more than just choosing the most capable device. The ideal device should match your hearing needs, plus your lifestyle and physical abilities. For example, two factors to consider include its connectivity and how user-friendly the switches are. So avoid costly mistakes by weighing up these six factors crucial to finding the best match. 1.

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Did your mother ever say to you, “Did you remember to wash your ears?” Many of us heard this question because moms instinctively know that: It’s important to keep your ears clean. Kids often skip washing their ears. It’s enough to make a mom crazy. Earwax or cerumen is produced naturally. That’s a good thing: nature’s way of protecting our

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Which do you prefer: A make-do-and-mend fix or an enduring, carefully crafted repair? While a quick fix may be appropriate to mend a broken shoe, it’s far from ideal for something as pivotal as your hearing health. Of course you may be attracted to stores offering discounted hearing aids, but in reality this is liable to be a costly mistake.

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Audiologists are frequently asked whether it’s necessary to wear two hearing aids rather than one in the ear with the greatest measurable hearing loss. Considering the expense of each hearing aid, it doesn’t hurt to ask, but the answer is almost always yes – and here’s why. 1. Sounds will naturally be louder Wearing hearing aids in both ears increases

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