If you’re been paying attention to the news, or have experienced a recent change in your hearing, you may be aware of a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery that explored a possible connection between COVID-19 immunization and sudden hearing loss. Let’s take a closer look and see if this is something you should be concerned about.Continue reading Is Sudden Hearing Loss Linked to the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Most parents have been there. You’re putting your child to bed and they begin complaining that their ear is hurting. Your pediatrician’s office closed more than two hours ago so your options are racing to the after-hours clinic or waiting until morning.
Or maybe this is the fourth sore throat your child has had this year. Not only has she missed several days of school, but you’re not excited about the thought of putting her on antibiotics again. Between allergies, the common cold, strep throat, and now COVID-19, it can be hard to figure out what’s going on with your child. And while unpredictable, illness often strikes at what feels like the worst possible time.Continue reading Why a Tonsillectomy May Help Your Child’s Chronic Ear and Throat Infections
Have you found yourself nodding along with conversations you are struggling to follow because you’re too embarrassed to ask someone to repeat themselves? Or maybe your spouse keeps asking why you have the volume on the television unusually loud. Do you have a “good ear” and a “bad ear”? Social situations that used to be fun are now frustrating and stressful. If you’re honest with yourself, maybe you know your hearing isn’t what it used to be.Continue reading The Signs of Hearing Loss and What Can You Do About It
We are taking the following precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff:
- Sanitizing rooms in between patients
- All ENT Memphis staff have been instructed to wear masks.
- Patients are instructed to wear masks
- Every patient will be assessed for symptoms; this includes a temperature check
- Social distancing is being practiced within the office
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office
- Patients may opt to wait in the car rather than in the waiting room
Everyone likely has coronavirus on their mind lately, but for allergy sufferers, there might be that nagging question, “Is this a reaction to ragweed or something more?”
There is certainly some overlap between allergy symptoms and symptoms of COVID-19, however, there are also significant differences.Continue reading COVID-19 or Seasonal Allergies? Helpful Hints on Knowing the Difference
Keeping our patients’ experience at the forefront, ENT Memphis is proud to offer CT scanning for sinus using the newest and most proficient system available: the Xoran MiniCAT 2020. The MiniCAT 2020 provides sinus-optimized, non-invasive scanning with the highest degree of accuracy all available in office right here at ENT Memphis. Patients can rest assured as the MiniCAT operates with the lowest radiation dose possible while maintaining powerful image quality. This upright, compact, and open system allows our patients to receive single-visit diagnosis in a comfortable and time-efficient manner.
Unfortunately, you can’t dictate your body to only be ill Monday-Friday. The common standard of patient care after hours is an automated phone tree instructing you to either call 911 or go the emergency room. But what if your problem isn’t life threatening? Do you really want to get lost in the ER triage pool? According to an article in USA Today by Laura Ungar, the average wait in the ER for a non-critical patient is 2 hours during the weekday and 3 hours on the weekend. Not to mention exposure to numerous germs and viruses that may make you even more sick. Then why have ER visits jumped 12% since 2011?
- Insurance coverage-sure that is one reason.
- The “right here, right now” trend of immediate gratification-also true but I can’t fix that either.
What I can control, as a practicing Ear, Nose and Throat physician, is open the doors of my solo practice on Saturday. I know the whole “work-life balance” but :
- I became a doctor to help patients and take my oath very serious.
- People can’t decide when to get sick.
- More and more individuals are working 1-2 jobs and need options besides weekdays from 8-5.
Urgent care centers and after-hour clinics are popping up everywhere to combat the higher cost of unnecessary ER visits, which cost approximately 25% more than an office visit, but I want to personally take care of my patients. Am I part of a growing trend to be more patient centric? I don’t know. But if you wake up on a Saturday with inflamed sinuses or your child’s ear infection has returned for the 3rd time, you know where to find me.
Rande H. Lazar
Providing pediatric and adult care for ear, nose and throat disorders since 1970 including:
- tonsil/ear/sinus/throat infection
- sleep apnea/snoring
- hearing loss