Posts for: April, 2020
Hearing aids help improve your hearing by increasing the volume of sound around you, making it easier for you to hear and communicate. They provide you with convenience, comfort, and ease. Therefore, you must take good care of them to preserve their quality performance. Aside from routine visits with our ENT doctor here at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in our Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, locations, to ensure that your hearing aids are in proper condition, here are some tips to help you maintain them at home:
- Protect them from moisture: Moisture damages the sensitive technology present in your hearing aids. If they come into direct contact with water, dry them with a clean cloth immediately.
- Change their batteries often: When batteries are left in your hearing aids for an extended time, it could corrode them. Keep the battery door open when not in use. In case you won’t be using them for a few days, remove the batteries. When replacing the batteries, use a cotton swab for cleaning the battery contacts.
- Avoid getting them in contact with dirt: Your hands should always be clean before you touch your hearing aids. Dirt could block the microphone input easily if handled improperly.
- Rid your devices of earwax: Ensure that your aids don’t have earwax in them, as it can affect their quality. After a day of using them, clean them softly with a cotton swab or toothbrush to remove unwanted debris and earwax.
- Replace the wax filter often: Doing so will help avoid damage to the interior parts of your devices. Do this when you notice buildup on the filter.
- Handle them with care: Make sure that they’re always held properly and stored in a safe and dry environment.
- Set professional cleanings every four to six months: Professionals can spot and repair a couple of things you may have overlooked, as well as make necessary adjustments.
In case you encounter any recurring problems with the performance of your hearing aids, visit your ENT doctor in our Sun City or Sun City West, AZ, office, especially if cleaning them doesn’t fix the problem. It may have something to do with their delicate technology that is easily damaged if handled improperly. Do not attempt to tamper with it.
For Any Concerns or Questions About Your Hearing Aids, Contact Us
Schedule your appointment with one of our ENT doctors at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians by calling our Sun City West, AZ, office at (623) 975-1660 and our Sun City, AZ, office at (623) 972-2951.
If you are having trouble breathing or have recurrent sinus infections, you may also have nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths which hang down from the walls of your nasal passages or sinuses. You are at greater risk of having nasal polyps if you have:
- Asthma or allergies
- Allergic fungal sinusitis
- Recurring sinus infections
- Aspirin sensitivity
- Cystic fibrosis
If you are at greater risk of forming nasal polyps, there is a lot you can do to prevent them. Remember to:
- Get treatment to manage asthma and allergies and prevent inflammation of your nasal passages and sinuses.
- Avoid tobacco smoke, fumes, dust, and allergens to prevent nasal irritation.
- Wash your hands frequently to prevent transmission of virus and bacteria which can cause infection.
- Use a humidifier to moisten the air in your home which keeps your nasal passages moist.
- Use a saline solution to rinse your nasal passages and sinuses and to help remove irritating substances.
You may not experience any symptoms if you have small nasal polyps, however, larger nasal polyps can cause:
- Breathing difficulties
- Postnasal drip
- Constant stuffiness
- Loss of smell or taste
- Headaches or facial pain
- Chronic inflammation in your sinuses (sinusitis)
- Frequent nasal or sinus infections
- Snoring or sleep apnea
Fortunately there are effective treatments for nasal polyps. Your doctor may suggest:
- Medications to shrink the size of the polyps or eliminate them; some common medications include:
- Nasal corticosteroid spray to reduce inflammation
- Injectable or oral corticosteroids in addition to spray
- Antihistamines to reduce inflammation from allergies
- Antibiotics to treat chronic sinus infections
For larger nasal polyps that don’t respond to treatment with medications, surgery might be indicated. Surgery is performed endoscopically using an endoscope with a camera attached which is inserted into your nostril and guided up your nasal passages into your sinuses. Tiny instruments are used to remove the polyps or other growths interfering with breathing.
Call your ENT today and start breathing better tomorrow!
Congestion and other nasal issues can make you feel miserable and affect your ability to breathe easily. Here are five common nasal problems and discusses treatment options.
Your nose is particularly sensitive to the effects of allergens in the air. Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including:
Congestion that makes breathing more difficult
Pain and pressure in your sinuses
Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat
Allergy medications or shots, prescription nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines can help prevent or reduce your symptoms.
Non-allergic rhinitis isn't caused by airborne allergens, even though the symptoms are the same. Exposure to strong irritants, such as smoke, dust, pollution, and strong odors can cause the problem. Saline nasal spray can help wash away irritants, reducing your symptoms. Decongestants and prescription corticosteroid or antihistamine nasal sprays may also be helpful.
Nosebleeds happen to nearly everyone occasionally and are usually caused by dry nasal passages or a blow to the nose. Saline nasals sprays and water-based nasal gels help moisten your nasal passages. If your nosebleed is severe, it may be necessary to cauterize the blood vessel to stop the bleeding.
Your septum is a layer of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils. Very few people have perfectly proportional septums. Although many of us have deviated septums, in most cases the deviation is minor and doesn't affect breathing. If the deviation is severe, you may experience:
Frequent sinus infections
Snoring and sleep apnea
Nasal polyps are small growths that occur on the lining of your nose. Although they're usually benign, they can make it more difficult to breathe, cause runny noses and sinus pain, and increase your risk of sinus infections. Nasal corticosteroid strays can help shrink polyps, and antihistamines may be useful in reducing chronic nasal inflammation. If your polyps are large and other treatments haven't been unsuccessful, your ENT may recommend surgery.
Not sure what's causing your nasal issues? An ear, nose and throat doctor can diagnose the problem and offer treatments that will help you breathe easier. Call your ENT to schedule your appointment.