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By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
October 10, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Many people don’t realize they’re experiencing hearing loss. In other cases, embarrassment may prevent a patient from seeking help. You hearing aidsmight be secretly wondering if a hearing aid can help you hear better. Learn more about hearing aids and how wearing one prescribed by a Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, or Springfield, MA ENT at Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England could help you deal with hearing loss.

Modern Hearing Aids
There are a number of different types of modern hearing devices available to patients. Some can be placed discreetly inside of the ear, while others sit behind the ear like a wireless headphone. Some patients are good candidates for implantable hearing aids. Now, thanks to technological advances, devices can be fine-tuned to perfectly meet your needs. 
Would a Hearing Aid Help?
A patient with mild to moderate hearing loss could significantly benefit from wearing one of these devices. In some cases, the hearing can’t be restored but it can be enhanced. If you have any of the following symptoms, a hearing aid may help:

- Significant difficulty hearing conversations, even when in close company.
- Frequent problems understanding your favorite television programs, requiring closed captions.
- Hearing loss that affects your ability to work or navigate your surroundings.

Have Your Hearing Evaluated
Before your Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, or Springfield ENT can prescribe a hearing aid, you must have a hearing exam. A test called an audiometric evaluation will determine what is causing the hearing loss and if a hearing aid will help. In some cases, a different treatment may be recommended, such as medication to clear up a middle ear infection, removal of wax buildup, or a surgical procedure.

Restore Your Hearing
By wearing custom hearing aids, you can return to a time when you didn’t have to constantly ask for people to repeat themselves. Call Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, or Springfield, MA ENT to schedule a hearing consultation. Call (413) 732-7426 today!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
August 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Ear Infection  

Know when the symptoms you are experiencing are indicative of an ear infection.ear infection

While it should be rather obvious when you develop an ear infection, not all infections will cause symptoms. This is why it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether the changes that you notice could be warning you of an infection or something else. Plus, if your little one develops an ear infection (a common problem in young children) they may not be able to verbalize what’s going on. In this case, it’s up to you to put the puzzle pieces together and take them to one of our Springfield, Northampton and Mary Lane Hospital otolaryngologists.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an ear infection then you may notice:

  • Ear pain (this can range from a dull ache to a sharp, constant pain)
  • Ear drainage
  • Feeling as if there is pressure or fullness in the ears
  • Nausea

Of course, if you suspect that your little one has an ear infection then they may not be able to tell you that they have one. This is why it’s a good idea to keep your eyes out for signs of an infection such as pulling or tugging at the ear. They may become fussier than usual or more irritable.

If your child has an ear infection they may also have trouble sleeping through the night. You may notice that they don’t have much of an appetite or that they even have a slight fever. Drainage from the ear may also occur.

When should you seek medical attention?

There comes a time when at-home treatment and care just isn’t going to cut it and you’ll need to visit our Springfield, Northampton and Mary Lane Hospital ENT doctors to get the treatment you need to eliminate the infection. It’s time to give us a call right away if:

  • You have a fever over 100.4 degrees F (particularly important if this occurs in children)
  • You (or your child) develop ear infections regularly
  • You (or your child) notice that you have trouble hearing
  • You (or your child) also develop a stiff neck (this is a medical emergency)

Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England offers three convenient locations in Springfield, Northhampton and Ware, MA, to serve you better. If you have symptoms of an ear infection give us a call today.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
June 12, 2017
Category: ENT Specialist
Tags: Hear Loss  

Are you experiencing all of the telltale signs of someone who has hearing loss?Hearing Loss

You wish you could enjoy sitting around the table listening to the wonderful sounds of your family, but you often find it difficult to understand what everyone is saying. Maybe it sounds like they are mumbling or perhaps you feel as if the only sounds you actually notice are obnoxious ambient noises: the scratching of utensils against the plates, the clattering of someone in the kitchen. If so, then it might be time to see one of our Springfield, Northampton and Mary Lane Hospital audiologists.

It isn’t always as easy as you might think to pinpoint hearing loss. It takes all different forms. You may be dealing with hearing loss of some kind if you notice:

  • That people seem to be mumbling more often. You may have to ask people around you to repeat themselves more than usual.
  • You have trouble understanding people, particularly in loud environments like a crowded restaurant.
  • You have to turn up the radio or television in order to actually hear it.
  • You find yourself spacing out and not engaging in conversations, mostly because you can’t follow or understand what everyone is saying.
  • You find yourself going out less and being less social because of your hearing difficulties.

When should you see our Springfield, Northampton and Mary Lane Hospital ENT doctor for an evaluation?

If you find that hearing troubles are affecting your everyday life in some way then it’s time to get a screening to check the extent of your hearing loss. Whether you are finding that you have to keep raising the volume on the TV or you find that you often don’t understand what people are saying about you, this is a good time to see us.

If you’ve suddenly lost hearing in one or both ears, this is a serious medical emergency and you need to get treatment right away!

Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England offers three offices throughout the Springfield, Northampton and Mary Lane Hospital areas so that everyone can get the ear, nose and throat care they need when they need it most. Schedule your hearing consultation by calling them today at (413) 732-7426!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
April 19, 2017
Category: Procedures
Tags: Botox  

Years of smiling, frowning, talking and chewing can cause noticeable wrinkles to develop around your eyes. While this is a natural botoxprocess, it can age a person before their time. At Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, our trained medical providers can eliminate those years of wrinkles with a Botox treatment. You've likely heard of Botox, but our staff has outlined more of the information about it here.

What is Botox?

Botox is the shortened name for botulinum toxin, which is a naturally occurring protein that, when sterilized and used in minuscule amounts, halts muscular movement. Cosmetically, a Botox treatment's purpose is to smooth out facial wrinkles by preventing movement of the muscles that cause them, particularly around and between the eyes. With these muscles temporarily paralyzed, the wrinkles that form over them gradually smooth out.

How is Botox applied?

Botox is mixed with saline and injected with a very fine needle into the targeted area of the face. Over a period of one to three days, the neurotransmitters associated with the muscles begin to respond to the treatment. At Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, MA a cosmetic Botox treatment is administered in a clinical setting, ensuring safety, accuracy and cleanliness throughout the whole procedure.

How long does Botox last?

On average, our patients see results lasting three to four months, although each Botox treatment will vary based on the depth of the wrinkles and the individual response to the procedure. Botox can be reapplied approximately three to four times each year.

Interested in learning more about a Botox treatment in Springfield, Massachusetts? ENT Surgeons of Western New England also has locations in Northampton and Ware, Massachusetts. Contact one of our offices today to schedule a consultation!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
February 03, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing loss   Hearing Aids  

While losing some hearing as we age is a perfectly normal thing, some of us lose their hearing more severely than others. This hearing aidunfortunate situation can lead to frustrating or embarrassing social situations, especially if left untreated. Luckily, a hearing aid can help you regain control of your surroundings and restore your hearing to make your life easier. Learn more about hearing aids with your doctor at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA.

How does a hearing aid work? 
Digital hearing aids pick up outside sounds and runs them through a state-of-the-art amplifier inside of the hearing aid. The aid then customizes the sound to your hearing loss and sends the sound out of a built-in speaker and into your ear. This amplified sound is easier to hear and allows you to hear sounds that your ear would not be able to pick up alone. Modern hearing aids use directional microphones & noise reduction strategies to eliminate amplification of background noise while helping patients understand speech in noise better than ever before.

Types of Hearing Aids in Springfield and Northampton, MA, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA
There are several options when it comes to hearing aids, allowing you to choose one that will work best with you, your ear and your lifestyle. While all of the aids can get the job done, with various options comes various price points, designs and sizes. Some of the most common types of hearing aids include:

  • Behind-the-Ear: These aids begin inside of and wrap around the ear. In the past, these aids were bulky and noticeable, but have slimmed down with recent technological advances.
  • Full Shell: Full shell hearing aids fit inside of the ear and are visible from the outside of the ear.
  • Half Shell: A half shell design also sits inside the ear, but is smaller than a full shell. While the full shell takes up the entirety of the inside of the ear, a half shell fits only inside the bottom portion.
  • In-the-Canal: ITC aids fit inside the ear’s canal and are very much hidden from view.
  • Completely-in-Canal: CIC hearing aids fit completely inside of the ear’s canal, hidden from view, and are the most discreet option for hearing aids.
  • Rechargeable: Rechargeable hearing aids come with the latest advancements in rechargeable technology. Lithium-ion batteries will keep you hearing all day long.

Hearing Assessment in PLACE
To determine the severity of your hearing loss, your doctor may recommend a hearing test. During this test, you will wear a pair of headphones through which your doctor will play sounds at different frequencies. You will locate which ear hears the sound. This test is crucial in diagnosing hearing loss and helps your doctor determine the best treatment plan for you.

For more information on hearing aids, please contact Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA. Call (413) 732-7426 (Springfield), (413) 586-2033 (Northampton), or (413) 967-2249 (Mary Lane Hospital) to schedule your appointment today!

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