Hearing loss is a slow and often unnoticed process. However, eventually, you may realize that your ears simply do not work the way they used to. While many people believe this is simply a fact of life to deal with, that does not have to be the case. If you notice yourself suffering from hearing loss, hearing aids can help you have conversations normally and hear just as well as ever. Learn more about hearing aids with Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA.
Can I benefit from a hearing aid?
If you feel as though your hearing is beginning to decline, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine what your next step is. Normally, your doctor will suggest undergoing a hearing test, which includes wearing headphones and indicating which side you hear different sounds on and what frequencies. After determining the severity and frequencies at which your hearing loss occurs, your doctor can determine if you can benefit from a hearing aid.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact our office, Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA to schedule an appointment.
Are you having trouble breathing? Dr. Thomas Phillips, Dr. Ronald Allen and Dr. Theodore Kanne, your Valdosta, GA, ENTs, discuss several potential causes of breathing difficulties.
Anything that prevents air from flowing freely from your nose to your lungs can cause a breathing problem, including polyps, tumors, foreign objects or swollen adenoids.
A deviated septum, a condition that occurs when the bones and cartilage that separate your nostrils are off-center or crooked, may make it difficult to breathe. Some people are bone with deviated septums while others develop them after experiencing a broken nose.
Allergies can stuffiness and nasal congestion that can make breathing difficult. Allergies don't just occur in the spring and fall. Indoor allergens, such as mold, dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander, can cause symptoms year-round.
Asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases can make breathing very difficult.
Illnesses and Infections
Cold and virus make you feel awful. Thanks to runny noses, stuffiness and congestion, it's nearly impossible to breathe comfortably, particularly at night. Luckily, most viruses go away on their own and don't require any special treatment. If your sinus symptoms linger, you may experience sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses that is sometimes caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. When the sinuses become inflamed, they also swell, making breathing difficult.
How can a Valdosta ENT help me?
If you're tired of struggling to breathe, your ENT can offer a variety of effective treatments. If you suffer from allergies, over-the-counter and prescription medications can relieve your symptoms and prevent the reactions that trigger congestion. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators are effective in easing the symptoms of asthma and COPD, while antibiotics and decongestants may help you overcome a bout of sinusitis. If your breathing problem is caused by a polyp, swollen adenoids, a deviated septum or other structural problem and conservative treatments don't help, surgery may be recommended.
Don't ignore breathing difficulties. Call Dr. Phillips, Dr. Allen and Dr. Kanne, your Valdosta, GA, ENTs, at (229) 244-2562 to schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms.
Sometimes a sore throat will go away on its own and other times you will require the proper medical treatment.
We know that for a lot of people they don’t want to jump the gun when it comes to visiting one of our Valdosta, GA otolaryngologists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips or Dr. Theodore Kanne for care. Sometimes simple issues like congestion, stuffy nose or a sore throat will easily go away on their own without requiring our care, but there are certainly some instances where you will want to come in to have your sore throat examined.
There are different things that can cause a sore throat, from viruses and allergies to bacteria to post-nasal drip. A sore throat is a symptom of another issue that is going on. If your strep throat is accompanied by a fever, rash or headache then you could be suffering from strep throat. Since bacteria cause strep throat it will need to be treated right away with antibiotics.
A virus can also be to blame for your sore throat. You may also notice a cough or runny nose along with your sore throat. If this is the case, a viral infection often goes away on its own without care. Unlike a bacterial infection, antibiotics will not be effective for treating a virus. You can take over-the-counter medications and try home remedies to ease your symptoms until the virus goes away.
If you believe your child or you have strep throat then it’s certainly a good time to call one of our Valdosta ENT doctors. Here are some of the most common symptoms of strep throat:
- Pain when swallowing
- Red, sore throat
When you come in for treatment we will swab the throat and test the sample to see if it comes back positive. If it does come back positive for strep throat we will prescribe antibiotics. Since strep throat is contagious you will want to take antibiotics for at least a full 24 hours before returning to school or work.
Don’t let a serious sore throat impact your health. Turn to ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA to get the proper and immediate care you need to feel better quickly.
Feeling under the weather is never an enjoyable experience, especially if it includes an ear infection. Luckily, your ear, nose and throat doctor can help you find relief from your ear infection and its symptoms to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Learn more about ear infections and how your doctor can help with ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA.
What is an ear infection?
Known medically as otitis media, an ear infection occurs when the middle ear becomes inflamed due to bacteria or viruses and fluid, like pus or mucus, begins building up inside the ear. An ear infection often occurs alongside another illness like a respiratory infection, a common cold or the flu. Ear infections are notorious for plaguing children and babies, but can occur in adults as well.
The Symptoms of an Ear Infection
An ear infection produces symptoms including:
- mild to severe ear pain
- drainage from the ear
- trouble sleeping vomiting
- (in babies) pulling on the ears
- popping in the ears
- trouble hearing
You should contact your doctor if you or your child do not respond to home treatments, the pain gets worse with home treatment, the ear infection accompanies a high fever or you see pus or blood drain from the ear. Seek immediate medical attention if you or your child has very severe pain or the ear infection appears alongside a high fever and stiff neck.
Ear Infection Treatment in Valdosta, GA
Ear infection treatment usually begins at home with plenty of rest. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve pain and bring down a fever. You may also apply a warm washcloth to the ear to help relieve pain. However, if an ear infection does not respond to home treatment, you will require your doctor’s help. You may receive prescription ear drops or antibiotics to help clear the infection. Your doctor may suggest placing tubes into the ears or surgery in severe cases of chronic ear infections.
For more information on ear infections and their treatments, please contact your ear, nose and throat doctors at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA.
Hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you from experiencing the world around you. Find out how we can help.
Hearing loss is not as uncommon as you might think. While more men report hearing loss than women about one in eight Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss in both ears. From the office of Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, find out the leading causes of hearing loss and how we can help.
Hearing Loss Causes
There are many reasons why someone may experience hearing loss. Common causes include,
- Ear infections
- Bone tumors or growths in the outer or middle ear
- A ruptured eardrum (loud noises, extreme pressure changes and infections can rupture the eardrum)
- Inner ear damage (often caused by aging and exposure to loud sounds)
- Earwax buildup (causes temporary hearing loss)
So, what exactly can put you at risk for hearing loss? A number of factor can:
- Loud noises
- Certain occupations (e.g. construction or factory work)
- Certain medications (e.g. high doses of pain relievers, antimalarial medications, etc.)
- Illnesses that can result in a high fever (e.g. meningitis)
Your Treatment Options
For hearing loss caused by earwax buildup, you can either opt to get an earwax removal kit from your local drugstore or have one of our ear, nose and throat doctors in Valdosta do it for you. By removing the blockage hearing is almost immediately restored.
If an injury to the ear or chronic ear infections is causing your hearing loss, surgery may be necessary for repairing the injury or to place small tubes the ears so they can drain properly.
If your hearing loss is due to inner ear damage, a hearing aid is the most common way to improve how you hear sounds. There are many hearing aid options that offer an array of benefits to help you hear those around you. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine which kind of hearing device would be right for your type of hearing loss.
Don’t let hearing loss affect your quality of life. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta for the care you need so you can become part of the conversation again.
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