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Treating Vertigo

Treating Vertigo

by Shearly (SU)
Vertigo is a feeling of loss of equilibrium, or balance, like the world around you is moving. Vertigo is actually a vestibular disorder, caused by inner ear problems. Although the feeling of dizziness and vertigo is disturbing, they are common conditions that can be successfully treated by an experienced hearing specialist.

What to do During an Asthma Attack

What to do During an Asthma Attack

by Shearly (SU)
Asthma is a disease that causes bronchial spasms and or narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe naturally. Asthma affects about 25 million Americans. That works out to about 8% of the population or 1 out of every 12 people. Asthma can strike at any age. In fact, asthma is actually more common in children than adults. And according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma has been increasing across the board, regardless of age, race or gender, since the 1980’s. Currently, there is no cure for asthma, but with treatment and proper management, most people can live a normal life. If you, or someone you know has asthma, you should know what to do during an asthma attack. Knowing what to do may just save someone’s life.

What exactly is an ENT Specialist?

What exactly is an ENT Specialist?

by Shearly (SU)
An ENT, or otolaryngologist, is a medical doctor who specializes in treating conditions and disorders of the head and neck, including the face, ears, nose, mouth, larynx (also known as the voice-box), and throat, and other related structures (ENT, actually stands for ear, nose and throat). ENT physicians are part of the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Besides ENT specialists, there are physicians that subspecialize in surgical oncology for cancers of the head and neck, facial and cosmetic surgeons, ear specialists, vocal cord disorders, traumatic reconstruction and other conditions related to the head and neck.

How Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Quality of Life

How Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Quality of Life

by Shearly (SU)
A hearing aid is a device that helps to amplify sounds and improve hearing. These come in a variety of types, such as “behind the ear” aids, “in the ear” aids, “invisible in canal” aids, as well as others. The type of hearing aid that is right for you depends a lot on the degree of your hearing loss, how active you are, and other factors such as style, age, and preference. No matter which kind you use, there are certain collective benefits of hearing aids that can improve the quality of your life.

Deviated Septums and Chronic Sinus Infections

Deviated Septums and Chronic Sinus Infections

by Rismary Cabrera
If you are experiencing chronic sinus infections, your nose, or more precisely, your septum, may be to blame. The nasal septum is a thin separation formed by cartilage and bone that divides your nasal cavity into two halves. If the septum is moderately or severely off-center, it can cause breathing issues, and chronic congestion issues, which may then lead to sinus infections. Because the narrowed passageway cannot drain well, excessive mucus begins to pool in the sinus cavity. The sinus cavity is extremely warm and moist- basically the perfect environment to grow bacteria.

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