To understand how earaches begin, we must understand the Eustachian tube. This tube is a narrow channel which connects the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. In a healthy ear, this tube allows for drainage, preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. Ideally, fluid drains down the tube, assisted by tiny hair cells, and is swallowed.
At Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, we know just how important it is to understand the things that effect your health. But as our time in medical school taught us, learning the details of big words like cholesteatoma, laryngopharyngeal reflux, and otolaryngology can be a full-time endeavor. To save you time, confusion, and tongue-twisters, we’ve curated a well-rounded ENT education library, which you can consult to learn more about a variety of ear, nose, and throat issues. Continue reading
Many people turn to chewing tobacco as a way to cut down the harm from smoking cigarettes. However, chew and all tobacco products have a severe association with cancer, particularly cancers of the head and neck. Nearly 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Of these patients, only 57% will be living five years after their diagnosis. Continue reading
Nosebleeds can be frightening. Luckily, most nosebleeds are not a cause for concern and can usually be managed at home. There are two different types of nosebleeds, anterior (originating from the front of the nose) and posterior (originating from the back of the nose). Continue reading
As we covered before, approximately 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults around the globe face the risk of hearing loss. This high number comes from the increased levels of sound and noise that comes from recreational activities, like loud concerts, clubs/bars, and audio devices, like iPhones/Pods. Though we’re always telling the younger generation “hey, turn that down!” did you ever stop to think that the activities you’re involved in could have the same impact on your hearing? Continue reading
About half of people snore at some point in their lifetime. Approximately 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers. Although, it is noted that snoring is more common with men and people who are overweight. Sporadic snoring is usually not something to worry about but if you’re a habitual snorer, you may find help from medical assistance. Continue reading
Summer’s here! The time to hang by the pool, plan weekend getaways and enjoy the occasional sno-ball. We here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates want you to have a good time this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and healthy. Continue reading
Many people clean their ears with Q-Tips daily, not thinking anything of it. However, cotton swabs are the cause of numerous ear injuries each year. When used inside the ear in this manner, cotton swabs can push earwax back into the far reaches of the inner ear, causing damage to the eardrum. The eardrum is very delicate and can be easily ruptured by even the slightest pressure of a cotton swab. The eardrum will heal over time, but this damage can lead to conductive hearing loss. Continue reading
Children learn through exploring but sometimes natural curiosity can turn deadly. Button batteries pose a particular threat, as they do not have the appearance of a typical battery. Curious kids may not be aware they are dangerous items. Since button batteries are often used for hearing aids, small children, especially those who are hearing impaired,can get ahold of them quite easily. A child could see the small silver circular battery and think nothing of it when putting it in their mouth.
In today’s world, everyone is connected to their phones, tablets and laptops. Now Halo, a made-for-iPhone hearing aid, has made it easier for those affected by hearing loss to still be connected and plugged in. Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates is a proud supplier of Halo, hearing aids that match our modern digital needs. Read on to see how Halo can be part of your journey to better hearing. Continue reading