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Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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Ear, Nose, and Throat Services and Cosmetic Procedures
If you have an issue with your ears, nose, or throat, pay a visit to Otolaryngology Plastic Surgery Associates...

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...the weekend after the surgery was difficult - but kicking myself I didn’t do this 30 years ago...

Cosmetic Procedures
... We are committed to your well-being and will bring vitality and newness to your ears, nose, and throat...

Causes of Dizziness
...Along with dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and nausea you may also lose hearing in one ear...

What Causes Ear Infections?
...After all, the majority of children will experience at least one ear infection by the time they turn three years old...

Five Most Common Nasal Issues
...Exposure to pollens, grass, weed, or mold can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including: Frequent sneezing Congestion that makes breathing more difficult Runny nose Pain and pressure in your sinuses Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat Watery eyes Scratchy throat Allergy medications or shots, prescription nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines can help prevent or reduce your symptoms...

Signs You Need Hearing Aids
...Before you talk to your Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist, educate yourself on the common signs of hearing loss...

Cholesteatoma Symptoms & Treatments
...    If you think you may be dealing with cholesteatoma, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor right away...

What Is Dysphagia?
...It’s why you need to schedule an appointment with an Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) right away...

Does My Child Need Ear Tube Surgery?
...The purpose of the procedure is to place ear tubes into the ears to drain the fluid from the middle ear...

Finding the Right Treatment for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
...If you’ve ever yawned and felt your ears become “unplugged” then you’ve experienced the Eustachian tube at work...

Why Do My Ears Keep Ringing?
If you’ve ever been to a loud concert then chances are good that you’ve dealt with ear ringing afterward; however, if you’re experiencing ringing in the ears regularly and symptoms seem to appear out of the blue, then you could have a condition known as tinnitus...

When a Tonsillectomy Is Necessary
...While dealing with tonsillitis doesn’t require having your tonsils removed, your ENT doctor may recommend getting a tonsillectomy if: You are dealing with seven or more tonsil infections in just one year You have more than five tonsil infections a year for two years in a row You have three infections per year for three years in a row Your infected tonsils are not responding to antibiotics You’re dealing with enlarged tonsils (this can also cause obstructive sleep apnea and issues with breathing while sleeping) If you or your child are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to speak with a qualified ENT doctor to find out whether it’s time to consider a tonsillectomy...

Getting Your Tonsils Removed
...   You may want to talk with your otolaryngologist about whether you could benefit from having your tonsils removed if you are experiencing at least seven cases of tonsillitis in one year or more than five cases a year for two years...

What Is Nasal Irrigation?
...If so, you may be wondering about ways to help alleviate your symptoms until the infection clears up...

How To Safely Clean Out Your Earwax
Did you know that your ears are self-cleaning...

Signs of Impacted Earwax
...So, while you might think that earwax is simply a nuisance that you need to get rid of, it’s best to leave your ears alone...

What Is Sinus Surgery?
...Most people experience immediate relief, and relief can last to two years or more after this procedure is performed...

Why Do I Get Frequent Nosebleeds?
...In fact, according to WebMD, about one out of every seven people in the US will experience a nosebleed during their lifetime, with it being most common among children 2-10 years old...

The Risks of Getting Your Ears Pierced
Between 80-90 percent of American women have their ears pierced, and men are also joining the ear-piercing ranks...

Vertigo and Dizziness
...Within our inner ears lie our vestibular system, which helps us stay oriented and balanced...

FAQs About Swimmer's Ear
...In fact, risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing Swimmer’s ear include, Living in warm, humid climates Excess ear wax or ear wax buildup Sustaining an injury to the ear canal Dry skin within the ear canal If you are someone who cleans out their ears with cotton swabs, you are also at great risk for Swimmer’s ear...

Managing Your Sinus Pain
...During certain times of the year, our otolaryngologist hears more and more people complaining about sinus infections...

Is My Itchy Ear Caused by a Fungal Infection?
...This fungal infection can impact one or both ears...

What Is a Perforated Eardrum?
...There may even be pus present in the fluid that’s draining from the ears...

Do I Have Nasal Polyps?
...While polyps will eventually come back, it can take months or even years for this to occur...

Ear Pain After Traveling on an Airplane
...Sometimes these symptoms can become severe, resulting in intense ear pressure, vertigo, ringing in the ears, and even significant (but temporary) hearing loss...

Preventing Ear Infections
... Avoid Cigarette Smoke Smoking can also cause the Eustachian tubes of the ears to swell...

Over-the-Counter Treatments for Earwax Removal
... Signs and symptoms of earwax buildup can include: muffled hearing sudden or partial loss of hearing earaches dizziness itchy ears tinnitus, which is ringing in the ear that won't go away feeling fullness in the ear To help prevent the onset of these symptoms, earwax removals can be done either at a doctor's office or at home...

Ears
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Cholesteatoma Conductive Hearing Loss Earaches Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma) Earwax (Cerumen Impaction) Hyperacusis Labyrinthitis Ménière’s Disease Otosclerosis Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) Swimmer's Ear Tinnitus Vestibular Schwannoma

Nasal Fractures
... If you suspect your nose may be broken, you should see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, within one week of the injury...

Post-Nasal Drip
...Mucus moistens and cleans the nasal lining, moistens air, traps and clears what is inhaled, and helps fight infection...

Rhinitis
... Depending on the type of rhinitis, certain conditions may be associated, such as: Asthma Acute sinusitis Inflammation of the eye (conjunctivitis) Atopic dermatitis or eczema Poor ventilation of the ears (or eustachian tube dysfunction) Laryngitis (inflammation causing hoarseness of voice) Eosinophilic esophagitis Sleep disturbance What Are the Treatment Options...

Tonsillitis
... Acute tonsillitis—Tonsillitis most often occurs in children, but rarely in those younger than two-years-old...

Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer
... Tobacco use is measured in pack-years...

Zenker’s Diverticulum
... Following surgery, you may notice:  A sore throat Pain in your ears Pain at your incision site Pain in your jaw joints You should call your ENT specialist if you experience any of these post-surgical symptoms: If you have a hard time breathing (go to ER or call 911) If you have signs of a wound infection (fever, redness, swelling, tenderness, pus-like drainage) If you have chest, upper back, or neck pain If you cough up or vomit more than a few tablespoons of blood If you have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor...

Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing
...In other cases, like children suspected of having severe OSA due to craniofacial syndromes, morbid obesity, neuromuscular disorders, or for children less than three-years-old, additional testing such as a sleep test may be recommended...

Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie)
... In recent years, the number of infants and children being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for ankyloglossia has been on the rise as the condition has become more known...

Pediatric Hearing Loss
...By age 18, 17 in 1,000 people have some degree of permanent hearing loss (this does not include the type of hearing loss caused by fluid in the ears or ear infections)...

Pediatric Sinusitis
... Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years...

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
... Common symptoms of AIED can include: Progressive SNHL in both ears that occurs over weeks to months that is not always the same in both ears Fluctuating hearing Dizziness or imbalance (approximately 50 percent of AIED cases) Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus Ear fullness (approximately 25 to 50 percent of AIED cases) Conductive hearing loss  may be present due to Eustachian tube obstruction from inflamed middle ear lining and/or if AIED is because of systemic autoimmune diseases Symptoms of systemic autoimmune diseases, such as fatigue, achy muscles, swelling and redness, low-grade fever, and more What Causes AIED...

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
... The way we maintain balance when we move about is by the complex interactions of both inner ears, the eyes, the muscles down your back, and soles of the feet, and how all of these get processed in the brain...

Conductive Hearing Loss
... Foreign body—This is typically a problem in children who may put common objects including beads and beans in their ears but can also be seen in adults most often by accident, such as when a bug gets into the ear...

Earaches
...The pain may be dull, sharp, or burning and can occur in one or both ears...

Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma)
...A stuffy nose leads to stuffy ears because the swollen membranes in the nose can extend into the eustachian tube and block it...

Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)
...The absence of earwax may result in dry, itchy ears...

Hyperacusis
...It can affect people of all ages in one or both ears, and is often associated with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears...

Ménière’s Disease
...In most cases only one ear (unilateral) is involved, but both ears (bilateral) may be affected...

Otosclerosis
... The symptoms of otosclerosis include: Progressive/worsening hearing loss Difficulty hearing low-pitched sounds or whispers Ringing, roaring, buzzing, or hissing in the ears or head, known as tinnitus [LINK] What Causes Otosclerosis...

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
..., industrial/machinery or explosion/gunfire close to the ear; can be prevented with proper protection) Head trauma or abrupt changes in air pressure—this can cause the space that contains inner ear fluid to rupture Autoimmune inner ear disease—the body’s immune system attacks the inner ear and causes progressive hearing loss in both ears Ménière’s disease —a condition characterized by fluctuating hearing loss, dizziness, ear fullness, or ringing in the ears (called tinnitus)  Central nervous disease—damage caused by a condition such as multiple sclerosis Cochlear otosclerosis—abnormal bone growth in the inner ear Congenital inner ear malformation—genetic or environmental abnormalities (very common cause in children) Benign tumor—called “vestibular schwannoma,” this is a noncancerous tumor on the adjacent balance nerve that compresses the hearing nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, causing SNHL What Are the Treatment Options...

Swimmer's Ear
...When the infection clears up, hearing usually returns to normal...

Tinnitus
Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in ears, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present...

Vestibular Schwannoma
... The symptoms of a vestibular schwannoma may include: Sudden or gradual hearing loss (sensorineural hearing loss) Ringing, roaring, buzzing, or hissing in the ears or head, known as tinnitus Ear fullness Vertigo, or feeling like you are spinning when you are still Imbalance, or unsteadiness Headache Facial weakness Facial numbness What Causes a Vestibular Schwannoma...

Bell's Palsy
The facial nerve controls the muscles of your face, ears, the saliva glands in your mouth, as well as the tears in your eyes, and provides some of the sense of taste on your tongue...

Head and Neck Cancer
...If blood appears in your saliva or phlegm for more than a few days, you should see a physician...

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
... In some people, however, HPV remains in the body causing genetic changes in tissue that can lead to cancer years later...

Sialadenitis
...The three major salivary glands are the “parotid” (on the sides of the face in front of the ears), “submandibular” (under the jaw), and “sublingual” glands (under the tongue)...

Skin Cancer
...It typically appears as a small raised bump that has a pearly appearance...

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
... Common symptoms of TMJ pain may include: Ear pain Sore jaw muscles Temple or cheek pain Jaw popping/clicking Locking of the jaw Difficulty in opening the mouth fully Frequent head and/or neck aches Ringing in the ears (also called tinnitus) Your pain may be sharp and searing, occurring each time you swallow, yawn, talk, or chew, or it may be dull and constant...