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
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
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
Thyroid diseases are quite common, and effect millions of Americans. Located just below the voice box, the thyroid gland is shaped like a bow tie and wraps around the windpipe. The thyroid is one of the endocrine glands that regulates physiological functions in the body, such as metabolism. Some common thyroid disorders include: Continue reading
Sore throats are a common ailment, especially this time of year. Many things, such as allergies and sinus infections, can cause this uncomfortable symptom. Increasing your liquid intake, gargling with warm salt water, and over-the-counter pain relievers can usually help, but in general we suggest seeing your ENT if you have a sore throat lasting more than five to seven days. Finding out the root cause is vital for treating your sore throat effectively. Some common causes include the following: Continue reading
25% of adults are habitual snorers. 45% of all adults snore at least occasionally.
Yes, I Snore. Does it Matter?
Only recently have professionals recognized the adverse medical effects of snoring, and its connection with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). Various methods exist to treat the symptoms of OSA and UARS, including behavior modification, sleep positioning, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP), and jaw adjustment techniques. Continue reading