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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.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, it’s time to have your hearing checked. People too often ignore or dismiss hearing loss, assuming it’s part of aging and that nothing can be done about it. Or maybe it’s a stigma about using a hearing aid that’s preventing you from seeking solutions.

However, untreated hearing loss is not merely inconvenient. It can lead to social isolation, depression, frustration in relationships, and decreased job performance.

Signs You Need Your Hearing Checked

Your ear consists of three main parts with three functions: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. In a healthy ear, these three parts work together to translate vibrations into electrical signals that the brain can interpret and understand. Sound can be distorted or lost anywhere along this path, affecting your hearing.

Hearing damage can be caused suddenly by an injury or stroke. However, more commonly, hearing loss is gradual, and causes include: aging, exposure to loud noises over time, ear wax, medications (including large amounts of aspirin), hereditary factors, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease (which affects the inner ear), or a middle ear disease called otosclerosis.

Hearing loss can begin in one or both ears, and symptoms include:

  • Muffled speech or other sounds
  • An inability to distinguish between similar-sounding words or constants
  • Loss of very high or very low pitch
  • Turning up music or the television to an abnormally loud volume
  • Trouble understanding words in a crowd or in the presence of background noise
  • Asking others to repeat themselves or to speak more clearly and loudly
  • Withdrawing socially or avoiding conversations due to frustrations around communication.

Help for Hearing Loss

The reality is there are treatments available that may improve your hearing—as well as your communication, self-esteem, and enjoyment of social situations.

You may benefit from surgery, medication, or hearing aids to help you hear better. Not your grandmother’s hearing aids, today’s devices come in a variety of styles depending on your needs. They are also smaller and more discreet than ever, whether hidden in the ear canal, cordless, or mounted on a pair of glasses.

Why waste another day settling for poor hearing that may be improved? Take our free three-minute online screening to determine how well you’re hearing. We’ll send you your results and let you know your options accordingly. If you’d like to make an in-person appointment with Dr. Rande Lazar and his team to have your hearing evaluated, call us at 901-821-4300, or book an appointment here on our website.

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

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There is certainly some overlap between allergy symptoms and symptoms of COVID-19, however, there are also significant differences.

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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. 

A doctor’s journey to practicing medicine in ways that bring an overall well-being to their patients may begin in med school, but it certainly does not end there. It is a career-long pursuit of continual exploration, education, and discovery all in the interest of high-quality patient care. The doctors of ENT Memphis embody this commitment to their patients’ health through their participation in the Southern Pediatric Otolaryngology Education Group (SPOEG).

For the past 30 years, the premier ENTs of the region have come together through membership in SPOEG as a unique platform for discourse, exchange of ideas, and collaboration. SPOEG represents the longest continuous meeting of its kind. Each year over 100 pediatric and adult ENTS gather for the SPOEG annual meeting. It is at the annual meeting where opportunities for focused roundtable discussions are provided and cutting-edge discoveries of the latest technological advancements in surgery and treatments are made. Through this exceptional association of ENTs, it is ultimately the patients who benefit, receiving quality, highly specialized care.

You know the symptoms of a cold: stuffy nose, cough, headache, water eyes, even mucus buildup. But those symptoms also manifest in a sinus infection. So how can you tell the difference, and when do you take your child to the ENT?

Here are three simple questions to ask to help discern:

  1. How long have the symptoms lasted?

With colds, your child may experience a runny nose for two or three days followed by a stuffy nose for two or three days. Other symptoms may creep in and peak at day five with everything clearing up and disappearing within 7-10 days. A sinus infection introduces additional symptoms like facial pressure and greenish mucus just keeps going lasting much longer.

  1. Does your child have a fever?

A fever and headache lasting three to four days is typical in sinus infections. A cold may bring on a fever, but it will usually occur within the first day or two.

  1. What color is the nasal discharge?

Colds may produce nasal discharge that yellows after the first day or two but then becomes clear again and dries. Sinus infections bring yellowish greenish nasal discharge consistently for four or five days.

So, when do you take your child to the ENT?

Sinus infections track a progression of symptoms similar to colds but increasingly more severe in their discomfort. If your child’s symptoms do not clear up within 7 days or get gradually worse, it is time to see the doctor who may prescribe an antibiotic.

Approximately one in 10 Americans undergo a Computed Tomography (CT) scan each year in order to detect abnormalities, injuries or diseases. A highly regarded diagnostic imaging tool due to its ability to detect minute differences in tissue as well as its multiplanar reformatted imaging capabilities, CT is used to diagnose conditions in the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, extremities, cardiac and vascular system and sinus and temporal bones.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on CT imaging. The training and experience of both the operator performing the procedure and the interpreting physician, the type of CT equipment use, adherence to radiation dose guidelines and the quality assessment metric each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

ENT Memphis – located in Memphis, TN and founded by Dr. Rande Lazar – has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in CT in the areas of Sinus and Temporal Bone CT by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by IAC means that ENT Memphis has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of CT. When scheduled for a CT procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/ct/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to CT, which include physicians, technologists and physicists. CT accreditation is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in some cases by private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their CT procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for some facilities it remains a voluntary process.

Dr Rande Lazar open on SaturdayUnfortunately, 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 :

  1. I became a doctor to help patients and take my oath very serious.
  2. People can’t decide when to get sick.
  3. 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.

Dr Lazar

 

 

 

 

 

Rande H. Lazar
ENT Memphis
901.821.4300

Providing pediatric and adult care for ear, nose and throat disorders since 1970 including:

  • tonsil/ear/sinus/throat infection
  • sleep apnea/snoring
  • hearing loss

Computed Tomography (CT) is a highly regarded diagnostic imaging tool due to its ability to detect minute differences in tissue as well as its multiplanar reformatted imaging capabilities. An estimated 69 million CT scans are performed annually in the United States to diagnose conditions of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, extremities, cardiac system and sinus and temporal bones. CT scans can be safely performed on adults and pediatrics.

Early detection of life threatening conditions and other diseases is possible through the use of CT procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices and can be safely performed for adults and pediatrics. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on CT testing. The skill of the CT technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

ENT Memphis – located in Memphis, TN and founded by Dr. Rande Lazar – has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in CT in the areas of Sinus and Temporal Bone CT by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that ENT Memphis has undergone a thorough and rigorous review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of CT. When scheduled for a CT procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting here.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to CT, which include physicians, technologists and physicists. CT accreditation is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in some cases by private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their CT procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for some facilities it remains a voluntary process.