Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Blog

Nosebleeds - When to see the ENT?

Posted: A nosebleed, or epistaxis, is just as common as it is annoying. It can happen when you’re at a restaurant. It can happen after a shower. It can happen while you’re sleeping! And as the air gets drier in the winter, they tend to be more frequent.

What causes nosebleeds?
Nosebleeds are most commonly caused by small breaks in the lining of your nose, near the front. This is because there are many small vessels that come together in that region of your nose. The lining here is very thin, and any trauma (e.g. picking at your nose, sticking tissue in the nose) can make things worse. However, many nosebleeds are random and not from any one particular traumatic event. Some infections can lead to nosebleeds and patients will need antibiotics to treat the infection. Some people have bleeding disorders that are first noticed because they have frequent nosebleeds.

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Loss of Voice - When to see the ENT?

Posted: Do you ever wonder what may be causing your hoarse voice?
Hoarseness is a change in the quality of your voice resulting in loss of voice, raspy voice, or a low or high pitched voice. When you speak or sing, your vocal cords which are muscles in your larynx (voice box) come together and touch creating your voice. There are many different reasons why you may lose your voice. It can be sudden in onset such as from viral laryngitis which tends to resolve quickly. However, hoarseness can often last much longer from chronic irritation of the cords.

In simple terms, if something is preventing your vocal cords from contacting each other normally then you will have a hoarse voice. Examples of this include mucous coating your cords from a viral or bacterial illness or allergies/acid reflux, a polyp or benign or malignant tumor or a scar. Overuse injury (screaming, yelling) and trauma to your neck can result in swelling of the vocal cords and hoarse voice. Risk factors for vocal cord cancer include tobacco and alcohol use as well as uncontrolled acid reflux.

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Hearing Loss - When to see the ENT?

Posted: We all know someone affected by hearing loss. But what’s more troubling is the person with hearing loss isn’t the only one affected. Family and friends are troubled as well, often expressing frustration when communicating with a loved one. For the person with hearing loss, this can lead to depression, isolation, and some studies suggest a potential link to increased rates of dementia. A child with hearing loss may seem “quiet or shy,” hesitate to join social clubs or activities, or have poor school performance.

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Snoring - When to see the ENT?

Posted: Snoring is considered a social problem because it disturbs bed partners and family members. However, about 15% of people who snore also have obstructive sleep apnea, which is a medical problem. There is no easy way to distinguish between the two so if you or a loved one snore, discuss with your doctor whether you should be tested for sleep apnea.

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Meet Our New ENT Doctor Elizabeth M. Hueman, MD

Posted: Elizabeth M. Hueman, MD is a board-certified Otolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgeon. Dr. Hueman’s practice will encompass medical and surgical treatment to patients with a variety of conditions including allergic disease, sinus disease, snoring, throat infections, neck masses, disorders of the ears/hearing, tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, thyroid surgery, sinus surgery, and neck surgery.

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