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Healthy Traveling for the Holidays

The holidays are drawing near, which means millions of people will be traveling across the United States at the same time. And what’s worse than traveling on a crowded airplane?Traveling with a sinus infection, which over 30 million people suffer from each year. 

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Protect Your Ears this Hunting Season

Hunting season is here and Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates cares about your health and safety! While it’s habit to wear earmuffs at the gun range, being out in the woods is a bit of a different story. Many hunters fail to wear hearing protection, assuming one gunshot won’t cause much damage. But that turns out to be a big mistake.

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Treating Nasal Polyps

Are you experiencing nasal blockage and difficulty breathing? You could be suffering from nasal polyps! While most are familiar with polyps that occur in the colon, polyps can appear in the stomach, uterus, and nasal cavities. Although they are concerning, nasal polyps are almost always benign. Despite this, individuals with nasal polyps should seek treatment from an otolaryngologist immediately, as they affect one’s lifestyle and can bring about infection. Typical symptoms of nasal polyps include stuffy nose, postnasal drainage, nasal obstruction, and decrease or complete loss of smell. Continue reading

Sink or Swim: Learning to Spot Swimmer’s Ear

Are your kids in and out of the pool all summer? If you find that your child is complaining about a sore or itchy ear, they might have otitis externa—better known as swimmer’s ear. Otitis can occur when water stays in the ear after swimming, creating an environment for bacteria and fungi to grow causing infection.
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Understanding Smell and Taste Loss

According to otolaryngologists, a person’s sense of smell is at its best between the ages of 30-60. After the age of 60, sense of smell generally decreases. As a result, many elderly people lose their sense of smell entirely. Women of all ages are more likely to have an acute sense of smell than their male counterparts. However, some people are born with a poor sense of smell and taste. Although premature smell and taste loss are common, they can be caused by a number of things.

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Why do children get earaches?

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.

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Cotton Swabs: Good or Bad?

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

Snoring and Sleeplessness: Is CPAP for You?

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

Welcome Audiologist, Dr. Jessica Vaughn!

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