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By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
May 27, 2022
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergy   Allergy Symptoms  

Especially in the spring, many people's minds turn to allergies and what treatment works for them. If you are suffering from allergy symptoms in Springfield, and Northampton, MA, Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England offer a variety of treatment options that can help you. 

About 20% of Americans suffer from some sort of allergies. Both indoor and outdoor allergies, as well as food, drug, latex, insect, skin, and eye allergies are quite prevalent among both children and adults. Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to something it is exposed to. Exactly why this happens is not completely understood, but it is important to help people learn to control their reactions. Avoiding exposure is the best option, but it isn't always possible. 

Symptoms

Allergy Symptoms in Springfield, and Northampton, MA include sneezing more than just once and having a nose that is congested, runny, and/or itchy. When your nose is congested you breathe through your mouth, which causes a dry mouth. If your nose is dripping into your throat, you may get a sore throat. When you are congested it can lead to a loss of smell or taste. Looking really sick with dark circles under your eyes, and cold-like symptoms for extended periods of time. This can cause recurring ear and sinus infections. Noticing that you can't hear from one or both ears and itchy eyes that are annoying and uncomfortable are all symptoms.

Treatment for allergies 

Immunotherapy 

This form of treatment can be used when avoiding allergens and over-the-counter medication has not successfully controlled the problem. By using shots or drops, your ENT will be desensitizing you to what you are allergic to. 

Traditional in-office allergy shots

For some people, the best method of treatment is getting an allergy shot at the doctor's office. This can be very effective. 

Allergy testing

Before testing for what you are actually allergic to, you will get a PFT (pulmonary function test) to find out how well your lungs are working. This will help the ENT to determine if you have allergies alone or whether you have asthma. Testing can trigger an asthma attack and safety is the main concern. 

Skin Prick Testing pricks the skin with allergens and then the site is observed for any reaction. Several things can be tested at the same time. 

Intradermal (IDT) Skin Testing injects the allergens under the skin and then again watches for any reaction.  

If you are suffering from allergy symptoms in Springfield, MA, and Northampton, MA, you can count on Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England to provide the services you need. Call for an appointment at 413-732-7426 (Springfield) or 413-586-2033 (Northampton). 

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
April 12, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Botox  

As we age, it’s common that we might start seeing signs of aging on our faces. Whether you’re an expressive person or you’re just aging normally, Botox can help smoothen out your skin and help you regain your youthful glow! Your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, can explain how Botox treatment can help your skin look young and smooth once again.

The Benefits of Botox Treatments

Wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of aging but can make you look older than you are or can cause you to feel uncomfortable with the way that you look. It can be difficult to deal with the loss of confidence you may experience when you start noticing fine lines or wrinkles, but there’s a way to smooth out the creases in your face.

Botox treatments from your ENT doctors in Springfield and Northampton, MA, can help freeze some of the muscles in your face that contract and cause these wrinkles, giving you a natural look that will help you feel young and glowing once again! Botox treatments are quick and can be done on your lunch break. There’s no anesthesia required, and you’ll be able to return to your normal schedule immediately.

Botox is suitable for both men and women and can help your appearance be rejuvenated and revitalized once again. You’ll have to keep up with treatments a few times a year, but it won’t take much out of your schedule and can be easier to maintain as you continue receiving treatments.

Contact Your ENT Doctors Today

Find out how you can feel young and rejuvenated once again. Contact your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, to learn about how Botox treatments can help you regain your confidence. Call for more information today at (413) 732-7426 for the office in Springfield, MA, and (413) 586-2033 for the office in Northampton, MA.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
March 29, 2022
Category: ENT
Tags: Ear Infections  

When you or your loved one starts experiencing pain in your ears, it can be difficult to function throughout the day or feel comfortable sleeping at night. Ear infections can make it difficult to participate in normal activities and when they happen often, they can disrupt your life and make it hard for you to feel comfortable. Your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can help you understand what ear infections are, what may cause them, and how they can be treated.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Infections

Q. What is an ear infection?

A. An ear infection is when the middle ear has a buildup of fluid in it. This can be caused by improper draining or inflamed sinuses. Ear infections are most common in children because the tubes that drain fluid are horizontal for children. As we age, they start to become vertical and allow draining to happen more easily.

Q. What are common symptoms of an ear infection?

A. Often, you may experience pain and discomfort around the ears, sometimes accompanied by a fever. This can often happen after a cold or allergies. Young children may not be able to explain their symptoms, so you should also be aware of any irritability, inability to sleep or eat well, headache, or pulling at their ears. If you notice drainage around the ears, that could also be a sign of ear infection.

Q. How are ear infections treated?

A. Your ENT doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, may recommend different options to treat ear infections. This could be to just wait it out and apply methods like icing the ears to relieve pain. If an ear infection is severe, they may prescribe antibiotics to help treat infection and relieve pressure from the ears.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Don’t hesitate to ask further questions about ear infections. Contact your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to learn more about symptoms of ear infections and how they’re treated. Call for more information today at (413) 732-7426 for the office in Springfield MA, and (413) 586-2033 for the office in Northampton.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
January 18, 2022
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Hearing Aids  

When it comes to hearing aids, technology has developed so much over the years that you have many options when it comes to choosing a hearing aid that is right for you. There are different styles and each hearing aid is better for certain people at various levels of hearing loss. It’s important that you work with your ENT doctor to discover which hearing aid is right for you. Your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can explain the different types of hearing aids and which one would be best for you.

Choosing a Hearing Aid

Your ENT doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can help you determine which hearing aid works best for you. This will be determined by a number of factors. Some common factors that affect your choice of hearing aids include:

  • Your age
  • The severity of your hearing loss
  • Your lifestyle

Your ENT doctor will ask you a bunch of different questions that can help them narrow down your options so that you can find the best hearing aid for you. There are two main types of hearing aids and this includes analog hearing aids and digital hearing aids. The difference between the two is how they convert sound waves to amplify them.

Once you find which kind of hearing aid is best for you, it’s time to figure out the style that works. This includes canal hearing aids, in-the-ear, and behind-the-ear. Your doctor will help inform you about each style and give you suggestions as to which may work best for you.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

When it comes to picking out a hearing aid, you want the choice that will work best with your lifestyle. Contact your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to find a hearing aid that works for you! Call for more information at (413) 732-7426 for the office in Springfield, MA, (413) 586-2033 for the office in Northampton, MA, and (413) 967-2249 for the office in Ware, MA.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
December 29, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: hearing loss  

Your ENT specialists in Springfield and Northampton, can help with hearing loss.

Hearing loss can be a scary experience. Being unable to hear what others are saying can make you want to avoid social situations and keep to yourself. Fortunately, your ear, nose, and throat specialist is an expert at treating hearing loss, so you can enjoy your life again.

The ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England can help if you are experiencing hearing loss. They have several convenient office locations in Springfield and Northampton, MA.

Hearing can be restored with the use of hearing aids, and there are several choices available, including:

CIC hearing aids, which fit completely inside the ear canal; are the most discreet hearing aid, but they don’t have volume control or a directional microphone.

ITE hearing aids, which fit over the ear, or the lower section of your ear; are more visible than CIC hearing aids, but they have volume control.

BTE hearing aids, which fit behind the ear; connect to an earpiece, and have superb sound quality.

In addition to hearing aids, there are several treatment options to treat hearing loss caused by medical conditions. Consider:

Bone anchored hearing aids, known as BAHAs, treat hearing loss due to ear canal problems or single-sided hearing loss; BAHAs are placed behind the ear and transfer sounds through bone and into the inner ear.

Cochlear implants, which treat severe hearing loss; are placed surgically and work by stimulating the hearing nerve. They can make speech easier to understand and restore the ability to hear sounds.

Laser microsurgery, also known as a stapedectomy, is used for hearing loss caused by bones growing around the bones of hearing, a condition known as otosclerosis. Otosclerosis causes a reduction of vibrational energy.

Your hearing is precious, and your ENT specialist can help restore your ability to hear. To discover more about treatment options for hearing loss, call the ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England. You can reach them in Springfield, MA, at (413) 732-7426 or in Northampton, at (413) 586-2033. Call today.





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