Easing Ear Issues

Our sense of hearing is important in our daily lives, so imagine always feeling like your ears are plugged up or that you are under water… Pat Parrett knows exactly what that feels like. On a routine visit to Dr. Dino Madonna at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery, she ended up finding the answer to a hearing problem that had plagued her for quite some time.

Sound Sense

Hearing loss affects a third of older Americans and men usually experience greater hearing loss and earlier onset than women. In fact, the American Academy of Family Physicians points out that the most common type of hearing loss is age-related hearing loss. Studies have shown that older adults with hearing loss have a greater risk of developing dementia, memory loss and concentration than seniors with normal hearing. Ken Johnston talked to us about how the Hearing Aid and Audiology Specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery helped him overcome some of the challenges related to his age-related

Hidden Hearing Help

Each May hearing and speech advocates raise awareness about disorders related to hearing loss, during Better Hearing and Speech Month. The awareness month was created by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The hope is to encourage hearing loss screenings, promote hearing loss prevention, and motivate people to seek treatment for hearing-and-speech related issues. So what are some of the reasons people may elect not to improve their hearing? And why might some of those reasons be outdated? The Hearing Aid and Audiology Specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery shared some insight.

Hearing Health

The ability to hear is something we usually take for granted, that is, until we begin to lose it. More than 50 million Americans have hearing loss. This includes one in five teenagers and 60 percent of our returning veterans. We talked to the Hearing Aid and Audiology Specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about the types of hearing loss that can affect us and how they are treated.

Hearing, Baby

Babies start hearing sounds before they are born. After birth, babies watch their parent’s faces and hear them speak. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends hearing screenings for all babies at least by one month of age. Paige Holt, Doctor of Audiology at Lake, Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery explains how audiologists screen babies for hearing loss, and what parents need to look for.

Coping With Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears, a common problem affecting over 50 million Americans. The first week of February hosts Tinnitus Awareness Week. Mindy Pollitt, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery talked to us about tinnitus and how it’s recognized.

Serious Sound Waves

Listening to loud noise over a long period of time can damage the inner ear. Unfortunately, this damage is usually permanent. The World Health Organization recommends that adults not be exposed to more than 140 decibels of peak sound pressure, similar to the sound of a siren. For children, the recommendation is 120 decibels, similar to the sound of a crowd. The hearing specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery explain how noise can damage hair cells, membranes, nerves, or other parts of your ear, causing temporary or permanent hearing loss.

Hearing For The Holidays

If you have hearing loss, conversations at holiday gatherings can be become very frustrating very fast. So much so, that you may want to avoid social events altogether. But, before you decide to sit out Thanksgiving with family and friends you might want to pay a visit to your local audiologist. Audiologists can provide professional services to help manage issues that affect your hearing. We talked to the hearing aid specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery to find out about the different styles of hearing aids that are available to choose from.

Spotlight On Audiology

October is National Audiology Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing public awareness of audiology services. Audiology is a branch of medical science that studies hearing and balance related disorders. It has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Career.” We spoke with Paige Holt, a Doctor of Audiology at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery to find out what got her interested in this fascinating career field. WEB EXTRA http://www.asha.org/default.aspx

Adept Audiology

If you have a hearing or balance problem, you may be referred to a specialist for further testing or treatment. Should you see an Audiologist or an ENT Physician? Sometimes the answer is “both”. We talked to Paige Holt, Doctor of Audiology with the Hearing Aid and Audiology Specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery about the benefits of having audiology services and ENT specialists, all under one roof.