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By Arizona ENT
June 30, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing aids   hearing loss  

Do you find it difficult to keep up with conversations or hear in noisy places? You may benefit from a hearing aid. The otolaryngologists at hearing aidArizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, explain a few signs that may mean a hearing aid could help you.

Somebody decreased the volume

Does it seem like nothing is loud enough anymore? If you struggle to hear the television or radio, or it seems as if everyone you know has suddenly decided to speak slightly above a whisper, you may have a hearing problem. Hearing problems can occur due to age, exposure to loud noises, illnesses or the medications you take to manage your illnesses.

You have relationship troubles

Do people swear that they told you about a meeting or event, yet you don't remember hearing anything about the important plans? In some cases, people who have hearing loss develop relationship troubles because they only hear certain words in the conversation and try to simply guess the point of the conversation. Problems can also occur if your partner, friends or co-workers think you're ignoring them.

Hearing is harder if you can't see the other person

If you have a hearing problem, you may notice that it's harder to hear in dark rooms or over the telephone. When hearing loss occurs, it's only natural to rely on your vision to provide clues.

You hate going to the movies

Movie theaters can be very uncomfortable places if you have hearing loss. When background music accompanies dialogue, it can be difficult to understand the words, even if the volume is very loud.

Hearing aids offer an effective solution

Hearing aids don't just make sounds louder, but also help you tune out background noises. Most feature several settings for a variety of situations. Do you think you would have trouble getting used to wearing something in your ear? You may find an over-the-ear hearing aid more comfortable. When you visit our Sun City or Sun City West office, we'll help you'll find a comfortable hearing aid that enhances your ability to hear a range of sounds.

Do you suffer from any of the signs of hearing loss? If you do, schedule an appointment with Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians by calling the Sun City, AZ, office or the Sun City West, AZ, office.

By Arizona ENT
June 06, 2017
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Ear Infection  

5 Common Signs of an Ear InfectionEar Infection

Ear infections can develop in both adults and children. An ear infection occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear. Ear infections are caused by viruses and bacteria. Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians, which has offices in Sun City West, AZ, and Sun City, AZ, offers state-of-the-art treatments for ear, nose and throat problems. Watch for these five common ear infection symptoms.

1. Ear Pain- The onset of signs and symptoms of ear infection is usually rapid. The most common symptom of an ear infection is ear pain (either a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain). The accumulation of fluid in the ear presses on the eardrum, causing an earache. An ear infection that is left untreated can cause the eardrum to rupture.

2. Difficulty Hearing- Having hearing loss may make it hard for a person to hear what other people are saying. An untreated ear infection can cause hearing loss. Hearing usually returns after the infection goes away.

3. Drainage From Ear- Ear wax is yellow to orange-brown in color and is generally not a medical problem. If you have an ear infection, you might notice yellow or white fluid draining from your ear. The fluid will look different from earwax and may have a foul odor. If this occurs, it is not an emergency, but you will need to visit a Sun City West, AZ, or Sun City, AZ, doctor.

4. Low-Grade Fever- A fever is another common symptom of an ear infection. When a fever follows an ear infection, it's usually low-grade. A low-grade fever is classified as an oral temperature that's above 98.6° F but lower than 100.4° F. An ear infection can also occur with no fever at all or a high fever.

5. Difficulty Sleeping- An ear infection often interferes with sleep. You may have difficulty sleeping because of the pain caused by an ear infection. Pain and sleep are integrally connected. An earache affects your ability to sleep, and the lack of sleep makes the pain seem worse.

Say goodbye to that ear infection. Don't wait another minute- call Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians to schedule an appointment in Sun City West, AZ, or Sun City, AZ. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We will provide the relief you need.

By Arizona ENT
March 10, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Surgery  

Discover the surgical options for treating your severe or chronic sinus infection.sinus surgery

Anyone who has had to deal with the endless battle of sinus symptoms knows how difficult it can be to find relief. You’ve probably tried every over-the-counter or prescription medication possible and you’ve certainly made changes to your lifestyle and yet you still see no changes. This is where our otolaryngologists serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ, area step in. If you aren’t finding sinus relief then it’s time to consider sinus surgery.

Here are the different sinus surgery options:

Endoscopic surgery

With advancements in medical technology endoscopic treatment is often preferred to traditional sinus surgery since it is less invasive, boasts a faster recovery time and is less likely to cause complications. A popular sinus treatment is balloon sinuplasty, in which our Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West ear doctor places a small flexible tube into the nasal passages. At the end of this scope is a deflated balloon.

Once the scope is inside the inflamed or blocked passageways, we will inflate the balloon to remove the blockage and to allow sinuses to properly drain. Once the nasal walls have been widened they will remain like this even once the endoscope has been removed. Most patients will not require additional treatment after this procedure, and patients often return to work within one to two days afterwards.

Traditional surgery

While endoscopic surgery may seem like the best option it isn’t always ideal for all patients. If we find that you have pus, an infection within the bones of the face or you have developed a brain abscess due to sinus complications then this surgery will be necessary to fully treat these more serious issues.

Who Needs Sinus Surgery

While most people won’t require surgery in order to address sinus problems, you may want to consider getting surgery if:

  • You have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis
  • You’ve been following our medical treatment plan for up to six weeks with no changes in symptoms
  • You have nasal polyps or something that is preventing your sinuses from draining

Don’t let sinus pain, pressure and congestion affect your life. Turn to the ENT sinus specialists at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ, area to give you the treatment you need to breathe a little easier.

By Arizona ENT
January 18, 2017
Category: ENT

There are many conditions and illnesses that can affect the ears, nose and throat. The doctors at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat, your ear entsdoctors in the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ area have provided the answers to some common frequently asked questions.

How is a sinus infection treated?

Sinus infections, also called sinusitis, are caused by inflammation or blockage of the pathways meant to help the sinuses drain. A sinus infection can be treated with antibiotics and/or nasal decongestants. In cases of chronic sinus infections, endoscopic sinus surgery can help.

When should I see a doctor for a sore throat?

In many cases, a sore throat can be treated with over-the-counter medication. However, if you have had a severe sore throat for at least one week or longer and it is associated with any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor.

  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • A hoarse voice for two weeks or more
  • A fever of over 101 degrees
  • Blood in the saliva or phlegm
  • Ear aches
  • A lump in the neck
  • A rash

What symptoms are associated with tonsillitis?

There are several symptoms associated with tonsillitis, which is an infection of the tonsils. See an ear, nose and throat doctor if you have several of the following symptoms:

  • Tonsils that appear more red than usual
  • Tonsils appear to have a yellow or white coating
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Bad breath
  • A Fever

When is a tonsillectomy needed?

A tonsillectomy involves permanent removal of the tonsils. Two common reasons for having the tonsils removed are frequent tonsil infections and sleep apnea. Individuals, particularly children, who have had multiple tonsil infections within a one year time period are candidates for a tonsillectomy. Sleep apnea, a condition in which individuals stop breathing for a period of time while sleeping, is sometimes associated with enlarged tonsils. When this is the case, a tonsillectomy can resolve problems with sleep apnea.

What causes vertigo and how can it be treated?

Vertigo, a feeling of dizziness or of being off balance, is often the result of an infection or inflammation in the inner ear. In addition to dizziness, it can also be associated with nausea, vomiting, headaches and ringing in the ears. There are several possible treatments for vertigo. Based on your particular symptoms, an ear doctor in the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West area can determine the most appropriate treatment option.

Treatments for vertigo include physical therapies, such as vestibular rehabilitation and canalith repositioning maneuvers, antibiotics, steroids and surgery. Antibiotics and steroids are used to treat vertigo when an inner ear infection or inflammation is causing it. Surgery is sometimes used for serious cases of vertigo when other treatment methods have failed. Your Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West area ear doctor can determine if and when surgery is needed.

If you are suffering from a condition or illness of the ear, nose or throat, Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat can help. Call today to schedule an appointment.

By Arizona ENT
November 09, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: nose   nosebleeds  

Learn more about chronic nosebleeds from your doctors serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City nosebleedsWest, AZ area!

Have you ever wondered why you get nosebleeds? In most cases, nosebleeds are only a minor annoyance, but in some cases, they can be a sign of a more serious problem. Our doctors at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area share a few causes of nosebleeds.

Picking or blowing

Picking or scratching the inside of your nose can injure the blood vessels in your nostrils and send you running for a tissue. The problem can also occur if you have a cold or allergies and blow your nose frequently since frequent blowing is irritating to your sensitive nasal passages.

Not enough moisture in the air

When the air is dry, the lining of your nostrils tend to dry out and crack, which can cause bleeding. The problem is more common during the winter due to the effects of indoor heating and a natural reduction of moisture in the air. If you notice that you experience more nosebleeds during the winter months, plug in a humidifier while you sleep.

Health problems

Certain diseases and conditions can increase your risk of nosebleeds, including:

  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Nasal polyps or tumors
  • Leukemia
  • Chronic or acute sinusitis
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Deviated septum
  • Allergies

Pregnancy

Pregnant women are more likely to experience nosebleeds due to increasing hormone and blood volume levels. These changes can affect the membranes in the nose and make them more likely to swell, rupture or dry out.

Medication side effects

Nosebleeds are more common if you take some types of medications, including blood thinners, aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Since these drugs interfere with the natural clotting ability of blood, nosebleeds may be more frequent and once you get one, it may last longer than normal.

What can I do about frequent nosebleeds?

Frequent nosebleeds should not be ignored and should be evaluated by your ear, nose and throat doctor. They'll perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of the problem and recommend treatments that will help reduce the frequency of your nosebleeds.

Are you concerned about frequent nosebleeds? Call Drs. Bassett, Hoffman and Borgesen, your doctors at Arizona ENT serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria and Glendale, and Sun City West, AZ area to schedule an appointment.





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