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back to school infections

Back to school usually means new backpacks, a lot of anticipation, and unfortunately, more exposure to germs and viruses, especially as COVID-19 protocols have been lifted. As art supplies are passed and noses are blown, infections can circulate around the classroom. And then your home.

How do you know when your child just caught a bug or their symptoms may indicate a chronic condition? Let’s learn more about some of the more common infections that spike when the school year starts.

Continue reading What You Need to Know About Back-to-School Infections

Treating Swimmer’s Ear

There’s nothing like a dip in a cool pool on a hot summer day. But unfortunately for some, the price of refreshment is a painful ear infection commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.”

Swimmer’s ear is more prevalent in children and young adults, however, anyone can suffer from it. Non-contagious and different than a middle ear infection, swimmer’s ear is caused by a growth of bacteria when water stays in the outer ear canal for a long time. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of this infection can include:

  • Pain when the outer ear is tugged or when pressure is put on the part of the outer ear that sticks out in front of the ear canal
  • Itchiness inside the ear
  • Drainage from the ear (often yellow and foul-smelling)
  • Redness and swelling in the ear
  • Muffled hearing
Continue reading Preventing and Treating Swimmer’s Ear During Pool Season

COVID-19 Long Term Effects

It is believed that more than one hundred million people experienced health consequences from COVID long after they were negative for infection. According to one study, more than 40% of people who have had COVID have or have had long-term effects after their recovery from the initial infection.

The lingering symptoms, sometimes referred to as long-haul COVID (or if you want to get scientific: post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, or PASC) can be both frustrating and uncomfortable.

Continue reading What Are COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects on the Ears, Nose, and Throat?

Best Hearing Aid

In part two of our series on your questions about hearing aids, we’re seeking to dispel some of the confusion and miscommunication about them. Let’s continue our conversation with ENT Memphis audiologist, Dr. Chris Hylander, to learn more about choosing hearing aids, where to purchase them, and how you can take them for a test drive.

How Do I Choose Which Hearing Aids are Best for Me?

No two (or ten) hearing aids are alike so it’s time to narrow down your choices. One of our hearing care professionals will guide you through the options and help you understand the pros and cons of the various brands, styles, and technical features of hearing aids.

At ENT Memphis we consider your lifestyle, your hearing loss, and your goals for using hearing aids to recommend options to fit your unique listening needs. We work with major manufacturers and offer hearing aids of all types and styles from custom fit to small behind-the-ear devices to get you the best result for the most reasonable cost.

Continue reading How to Choose (and Where to Buy) the Best Hearing Aid for Your Lifestyle

About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, fewer than 30 percent of adults aged 70 and over who could benefit from hearing aids have used them.

This gap suggests there is a lot of misinformation, confusion, and even reluctance when it comes to using hearing aids. We sat down with ENT Memphis audiologist, Dr. Chris Hylander, to find out the answers to some of the top questions people have about hearing aids.

Continue reading Everything You Wanted to Know About Hearing Aids from an Audiologist

hearing aids

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) approximately 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. When worn consistently, hearing aids can help combat the loneliness and social isolation that many people with hearing loss can experience. Withdrawing from others and avoiding social situations can have an impact on cognitive function as we age.

Continue reading Before Buying Hearing Aids, Consider These Three Things

hearing loss and the covid-19 vaccine

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?

tonsillectomy

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

Signs of Hearing Loss

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