Find out whether you might benefit from a hearing aid.
It might seem silly to ask yourself since it might seem obvious whether you need a hearing aid or not, but it’s not always as clear-cut as it seems. This is when it’s time to turn to an otolaryngologist who will be able to determine whether hearing aids are right for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you decide whether or not you might benefit from wearing a hearing aid:
Ask yourself these questions:
- Does it sound like people around you mumble?
- Do you have to turn the volume up on the TV or radio to hear it?
- Do you need people to repeat themselves often?
- Is it difficult to understand people on the phone?
- Do you withdraw from the conversation, particularly in a group or noisy setting?
- Do you find yourself reading lips or focusing on someone when they speak?
If you said “yes” to some of these questions, you could undoubtedly be dealing with hearing loss. One fairly common type of hearing loss is hearing people in a standard pitch but not being able to hear higher-pitched sounds.
How do hearing aids work?
Before getting a hearing aid, it’s important to note that unlike glasses, which can correct visual impairments, hearing aids cannot fully restore your hearing to normal; however, a hearing aid can amplify voices and sounds to make it easier to hear them. Wearing a hearing aid can make joining in and listening to everyday conversations easier. Some advanced features also offer fantastic technology to make communicating in a noisy setting easier. Some hearing aids can also be used to amplify high-pitched sounds.
Since there are so many different technologies, styles, and features when it comes to getting a hearing aid, it’s essential to turn to an ENT doctor who can not only assess your degree of hearing loss but also talk through the different hearing aids options for you based on your health, budget and lifestyle.
Find out what causes allergies and how you can get them under control.
Anyone who has allergies deals with a lot of those same annoying symptoms: the constant sneezing, the red itchy eyes, and the runny nose. Of course, not everyone understands that their symptoms could be due to allergies. What are allergies, and how are they managed? Should you treat your allergies on your own or turn to an ENT doctor?
What is an allergy?
Did you know that allergies are one of the most common long-term disorders people deal with? When exposed to a certain allergen, your body tells you that this allergen is harmful and then goes to work to attack it. This means that your immune system kicks into overdrive and produces antibodies known as immunoglobulin E. An allergic reaction is your body’s natural inclination to overreact to this allergen.
There are many things to which you could be allergic, including,
- Pet dander
Allergy symptoms can range from mild to more severe and even life-threatening. If you suspect that your symptoms are due to allergies, an ENT doctor can quickly diagnose and create a treatment plan that will get you feeling better fast.
Allergy Treatment Options
The treatment you receive will depend on the type of allergy you have and the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be happy to hear that many allergy sufferers find relief through simple medications. Those with very mild symptoms may be able to get away with over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants (to fight nasal congestion).
Your ENT doctor may also prescribe more powerful antihistamines or nasal sprays if your symptoms are more moderate or severe. In some cases, a long-term allergy sufferer may finally choose to get allergy shots to significantly lessen the body’s response to a specific allergen.
Of course, there are also non-medicinal approaches to reducing your exposure to the offending allergen, and an otolaryngologist can offer great tips to reduce allergy exposure at home. Examples include bathing your trusty pet once a week and using allergy-proof bedding.
Don’t let allergies affect your daily life and the activities you love. If you find yourself staying indoors or avoiding things that make you happy for your allergies, it’s time you turn to an ENT doctor for treatment options.
Get the facts about hearing aids, so you know what to expect.
Are you wondering if you could benefit from hearing aids but have questions about this treatment option? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Sun City West, AZ, ENT doctors and audiologists at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians are happy to answer any questions about hearing aids to understand better what they can do for you.
What is the right hearing aid for me?
There are many different kinds of hearing aids that offer various unique styles and amazing features. The one best suited to you will depend on certain factors such as the type of hearing loss you’re dealing with, your lifestyle and your budget. We can discuss these things with you when you come in for a consultation. We can help you decide which type of hearing aid will fit your lifestyle the best.
Can I sleep with my hearing aid?
While you technically can wear a hearing aid to bed, it’s highly recommended to take your device out every night before bedtime. After all, you won’t need a hearing aid while you sleep. Plus, wearing your hearing aid to bed could cause damage or excessive wear and tear.
How long will a hearing aid last?
This will depend on how well you care for and maintain your hearing aid. Your hearing aid can last anywhere from 3-5 years with the proper care.
Who should consider getting a hearing aid?
If you have trouble hearing and understanding those around you, you could benefit from a hearing aid. Any degree of hearing loss, from minor to severe, can benefit from wearing a hearing aid. It's best to seek treatment right away. If you aren’t sure whether your hearing loss requires a hearing aid, schedule a hearing evaluation with our Sun City West, AZ, ENT doctor.
Are you interested in knowing whether or not you could benefit from a hearing aid? If you have trouble understanding those around you, then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with our Sun City West, AZ, ENT specialists. Call Arizona ENT at (623) 975-1660.
Wondering why your cold isn't getting any better? You may actually have a sinus infection, one of the conditions treated by Dr. Ralph Bassett, Dr. Sanford Hoffman and Dr. Paul Borgesen, the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at Arizona ENT in Sun City West, AZ.
Common sinus infection symptoms
If you have a sinus infection, you may have some of these signs and symptoms:
- Nasal Congestion: Stuffy noses are common with sinus infections. If you've been experiencing nasal congestion for more than a few weeks, a sinus infection rather than a cold could be to blame. A stuffy nose can interfere with your sleep and cause snoring.
- Pressure and Pain: Infections often cause pain and pressure in your forehead and around your eyes and nose. If you bend over, you may notice that the pressure gets worse.
- Headache: Sinus headaches usually affect the forehead and the areas around the eyes and nose, but pain can also extend to the back of the head. Tight muscles in your neck and shoulders can make the pain worse.
- Fatigue: Battling a sinus infection may affect your energy level, leaving you feeling constantly fatigued.
- Post-Nasal Drip: When your sinuses are clogged, mucus drips down the back of your throat rather than exiting through your nose. If you're suffering from post-nasal drip, you may have a lump-in-the-throat feeling, need to clear your throat often, have a raspy voice, or develop a sore throat or cough. Morning nausea may also be due to post-nasal drip.
- Fever: Fevers may or may not occur with sinus infections.
Sinus infection treatment
Although some sinus infections go away on their own, others need treatment from your ENT. Call the Sun City West, AZ, ENT office if you've had sinus infection symptoms for more than 10 days or you have severe pain or a fever over 102.
Your ENT can prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medication depending on the cause of your infection. In addition to pain relievers, other treatment options include over-the-counter and prescription decongestants and oral or nasal spray corticosteroids to decrease swelling and inflammation in the nasal passages. If the infection causes a severe blockage, or you have frequent sinus infections due to polyps, a deviated septum or another problem, sinus surgery may be helpful.
Are you struggling with sinus infection symptoms? Call your Sun City West, AZ, ENTS, Dr. Bassett, Dr.Hoffman and Dr. Borgesen of Arizona ENT at (623) 975-1660 to make an appointment.
Wondering if your symptoms could be caused by an underlying, undetected allergy?
Allergies can happen to anyone and they can occur all year round. These days, it’s particularly easy to brush off symptoms as a cold or sinus infection when in actuality you could have an allergy. If you suspect that you might have an allergy, a visit to an ENT doctor can provide you with the diagnosis and treatment plan you need.
You Have These Unexplainable Symptoms
Do you often feel like you’re dealing with headaches, a stuffy nose, dry cough or itchy skin? While these symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you have allergies if you are experiencing several of these symptoms for long periods you may want to turn to an allergist. If you have symptoms that keep coming and going you may want to speak with an ENT doctor who can easily diagnose your allergies.
You Notice a Recurring or Itchy Rash
Another common sign of an allergy is an irritated or itchy rash on the body. You may notice that it gets worse when exposed to the allergen (e.g. certain food or medications). If you are dealing with a rash that appears during certain times of the year or for weeks on end, this could be a sign of an allergy and it’s worth turning to a doctor to investigate further. If you notice swelling of the face or you develop hives (itchy welts) these are also common signs of a skin allergy.
You Think You Have a Sinus Infection…
But it keeps coming back or doesn’t seem to go away. If you feel like you’re dealing with cold symptoms or a sinus infection on the regular, it might not be any of these issues but rather allergies. Sometimes allergies can be misdiagnosed as a sinus infection or cold. If you find that the medications you were prescribed by a doctor aren’t working, this is yet another sign that you could have a bad case of allergies. If you also find yourself dealing with upper respiratory infections during certain times of the year, it could be allergies.
You Feel Exhausted
While there are many causes of fatigue and exhaustion, if you are feeling fatigued while also dealing with any of the symptoms above this could be another sign of an undetected allergy. This is because the immune system releases histamine, which causes an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response can lead to weird symptoms such as fatigue or body aches.
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, turning to an ENT doctor will give you the answers you need to figure out how to properly manage your symptoms. You don’t have to do it alone and over-the-counter medications are often a Band-Aid instead of a solution.
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