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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

As parents, we cherish every moment with our children and want the best for them in every way. Ensuring their overall well-being includes protecting their hearing, a precious sense that often goes overlooked. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a growing concern among children in Memphis and across the United States. This blog post unpacks everything parents need to understand concerning the risks of NIHL in children and how to safeguard little ones from this preventable condition.

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ENT Symptoms

It’s that time of year! With the arrival of much-anticipated cooler weather often coincides with seasonal ailments such as sore throat, ear aches, and sinus pressure. As the seasons change, so do the ailments that afflict us. Tonsillitis, otitis, and sinusitis are three common conditions that tend to rear their ugly heads during specific times of the year. 

Continue reading 3 Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions That Are Making You Miserable

swimmers ear vs regular ear infections image

The discomfort and pain caused by swimmer’s ear can surely dampen your summer vacation or a day at the pool. Despite the name, you may also be surprised to find out that water is just one of the ways you can develop swimmer’s ear. 

Ear infections and swimmer’s ear are two common ear conditions that can cause discomfort and pain. Although they share some similarities, there are significant differences between the two.

Let’s “dive” in to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for swimmer’s ear, as well as how it differs from regular ear infections. 

Continue reading Swimmer’s Ear vs. Regular Ear Infections: How to Know the Difference

spring allergies

If you’re like many people, the beauty of spring can give way to the discomfort of allergies. The temperatures warm up, the flowers bloom, and your nose starts to tickle. Or even worse you suffer from debilitating sinus congestion, headaches, and cough.

In this blog, we will explore how pollen triggers allergies, look at the most common allergy symptoms, and share how an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist, or ENT) can help diagnose and treat your allergies.

Continue reading The Pollen Problem: Finding Relief from Spring Allergies

RSV or the flu?

Eighteen months of pandemic-related masking, quarantine, and other public health measures like diligent handwashing not only staved off COVID-19 exposure but kept other more common seasonal illnesses at bay.

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, flu pretty much disappeared globally. Positive tests for the respiratory syncytial virus (more commonly known as RSV) dropped 97.4% when compared to prior seasonal U.S. averages.

Continue reading Is it RSV, COVID, or the Flu? What You Need to Know About Viral Surges

signs of a chronic cough

During the height of the pandemic, the mere sound of a cough could create anxiety. If you had a dry cough you likely suspected that you had COVID-19. If someone around you began coughing you may have instinctively backed up a few feet. 

Now that we have largely returned to our pre-COVID era routines how do you know when a cough is something to be concerned about? A cold, flu, allergies, pneumonia, and coronavirus are just a handful of conditions that can cause a cough. 

Typically as the seasons change or we get over a cold, a cough will subside. But what if your cough lingers for weeks, disrupting your sleep and day-to-day activities?

Continue reading What Are the Signs of a Chronic Cough?

Booster dose of covid-19 vaccine

Regardless of the variant, a significant number of COVID-19 symptoms are associated with the ears, nose, and throat including sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, changes in taste, smell, and hearing, and headache. In fact, in one study, 90% of patients with COVID-19 had ENT-related symptoms.)

Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 such as loss of taste and smell, tinnitus, and vertigo also affect the ear, nose, and throat.

As a physician specializing in otolaryngology, I have a vested interest in seeing my patients protected from the short and longer-term effects of COVID-19 on the ears, nose, and throat. 

While there are still breakthrough infections, vaccinations have proven to be effective in reducing the severity of these symptoms, especially among people over 55, those with significant medical issues, and those who are immunosuppressed.

Continue reading Are COVID-19 Boosters Effective? An Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist Weighs In

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
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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?