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.
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
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.
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