Earaches are one of the most common ailments that children face. Those who frequently get earaches as a child typically outgrow them as the mature into adulthood. Why is it that earaches generally don’t manifest in adults? To understand how earaches correspond with the development of your child’s ears, nose and throat, it is important to understand how a healthy and fully developed ear functions before you understand how ear infections affect your child’s ears.
You’ve heard the back and forth on the subject for years. Cotton swabs: good or bad? The improper use of cotton swabs can lead to severe damage and even hearing loss! So how do we stay hygienic while keeping ears healthy? Read below to find out more about cotton swabs and your ears. Continue reading
Many adults snore. Why does it matter?
Did you know that snoring can be linked to serious medical conditions? Medical professionals
have recently discovered the connection with snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). Continue reading
Our children’s curiosity is one of their greatest strengths. By exploring the world around them, our pediatric patients can delight us with their unique thoughts and ideas—however, if those ideas and explorations lead them to put toys and other objects up their nose or in their ears, it’s not a great thing for mom or dad (or their ENT!). Continue reading
We are delighted to welcome Jessica Vaughn, Au.D., CCC-A, to our staff! After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University, Dr. Vaughn received her Doctorate of Audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined us at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates for her residency, and has now joined our staff as a full-time audiologist. Dr. Vaughn, a native of DeRidder, Louisiana, is board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Continue reading
It’s no secret the best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated, but there are other good health habits that can keep you feeling great this holiday season. Between the flu and other seasonal illnesses, taking these preventative steps is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Continue reading
Here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, we know the service we provide depends on our hardworking team. That’s why we’re proud to introduce you to two of our best, our latest employees of the week. Continue reading
Here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, we’re blessed to have hard-working, capable, and friendly people on our staff. We’ve recently begun honoring the great work they do by electing “Employees of the Week.” We’d like to share a little something about the people who make us great. Here are our first four—and certainly not our last! Continue reading
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