Monthly Archives: November 2013

Our ears are amazing pieces of machinery

It has three main parts: the outer, middle and inner ear. The outer ear (the part that your glasses sit on) opens into the ear canal, which is separated from the middle ear by the eardrum. Tiny bones in the middle ear help to transfer sound to the inner ear, which contains the auditory nerve that transmits sounds to the brain. Any source of sound in the sends vibrations or sound waves into the air, which are funneled through the ear opening, down the ear canal, and strike the eardrum, causing it to vibrate. Those vibrations are passed through the tiny bones in the middle ear to the hearing nerve in the inner ear and become nerve impulses that are sent directly to the brain. Once in the brain, the nerve impulses are interpreted as sound – music, a voice, a car horn, etc. Fascinating, isn’t it? Visit our website to learn more!

Nobody likes a sore throat

Did you know that a specific type of throat infection is extremely serious and requires immediate medical attention? Epiglottitis infects a portion of your voice box, called the larynx, and causes swelling that closes the airway. When should you suspect that you have it? When swallowing is extremely painful and causes drooling, when speech is muffled, and when breathing becomes difficult. Learn more about sore throats by clicking the link and visiting our library.

Balloon Sinuplasty could help alleviate your sinus issues

Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, and accounts for over $8 billion in annual health care expenditures. It can be incredibly painful, debilitating and down-right frustrating to deal with.
That’s where Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates comes in, utilizing the Ballon Sinuplasty System to help alleviate your sinus pain. Ballon Sinuplasty  creates a durable opening and assists otolaryngologists to achieve the goals of sinus surgery.
However, each patient suffering from sinusitis is different. Only after thorough examination and consultation with a qualified otolaryngologist can it be determined if a patient will benefit from the Balloon Sinuplasty system.  Visit our website to learn more.