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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

The Dangers of Button Batteries

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.
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Hearing Aid Upgrades

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

Think it’s your Thyroid?

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

Common Causes of Dizziness

In our earlier blog “Dizziness,” we discussed how dizziness can manifest in different patients, and what system in a person’s body maintains a sense of balance. But what are the root causes of dizziness? Like many symptoms, dizziness can be a symptom of a more serious medical issue, so it’s important to visit your ENT if you suffer from persistent dizzy spells. Continue reading

Do You Snore? Snoring, Sleeplessness and CPAP

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

The Facts about Childhood Earaches

Persistent earaches are a common childhood illness that generally improves with age. But why? We’re here to tell you all about childhood ear, nose and throat development, and what exactly is causing your child’s pain. Continue reading

Cotton Swabs & Your Ears

For year’s people believed that if your ears were dirty, then it was a result of poor hygiene. On top of that, with compounded dirt, dust, and grime our ears produce what is commonly known as earwax. So if using cotton swabs to clean your ears is not recommended, how should we go about this crucial element of hygiene? Continue reading

Infection Leaves Fans Sore

Even more celebrities are feeling the pain of a sore throat. The Rolling Stones were recently forced to cancel a series of concerts due to Mick Jagger’s sore throat, brought about by a throat infection. Continue reading

Sweet Treats Turned Sour

Undoubtedly there are still stockpiles of Halloween candy hidden in different nooks and crannies around your home. But don’t be so quick that just because you indulge on a few pieces here and there that the sugar is the cause of your stomachache. Continue reading