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Hearing Implants and Cognitive Improvements

Hearing Implants and Cognitive Improvements

by Natalie (SU)
Age-related hearing loss comes on gradually and can often go undiagnosed for years. Hearing loss is unfortunately a very common condition among older adults. There is good news, however, with new evidence showing that treatment of hearing loss through cochlear implants improves cognition and quality of life in older adults.

Treating Vocal Nodules

Treating Vocal Nodules

by Natalie (SU)
Have you ever had a hoarse throat, or lost your voice after lots of singing, yelling, or screaming? This condition actually has a name, called vocal nodules. Vocal nodules are typically a sign that you are over-using your voice. They are benign (non-cancerous) growths on the vocal cords that develop over time from vocal abuse. Treatment always includes resting your voice.

Tonsillitis: Why That Doesn't Mean a Tonsillectomy is Needed

Tonsillitis: Why That Doesn't Mean a Tonsillectomy is Needed

by Yenny (SU)
Tonsils are an important part of your body’s immune system. Their job is to protect your airway from bacteria and viruses that get into your body through your mouth and nose. An infection of the tonsils is called tonsillitis, and it can be caused by bacteria or a virus. Though it was once common practice to remove tonsils surgically as the treatment for tonsillitis, a tonsillectomy is rarely necessary and may leave your body with less protection from future infection.

Sinus Infection Triggers

Sinus Infection Triggers

by Yenny (SU)
Sinus Infection Triggers  Viral Infections like a Cold or Flu  Allergies  Bacterial Infections (If cold does not resolve in 10-15 days, bacteria may have accumulated)  Nasal Polyps  Allergens and pollutants in the air  Swimming and diving  Flying (Air pressure reduced in-flight, can cause pressure to build up in the head, and in turn block your sinuses and air passages)  Fungal Sinus Infections  Overuse of Nasal Products  Smoking  Lack of Moisture or Dry Air  Chronic Medical Conditions (Such as cystic fibrosis)

The Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The Benefits of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

by Shearly (SU)
The pain and discomfort of chronic sinusitis are a daily reality for many people. If you have a sinus infection that lasts for 3 months or more, you should see an ear, nose, and throat specialist to find the solution for your sinus issues. You may be a candidate for endoscopic sinus surgery.

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