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By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
October 20, 2022
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: hearing loss  

How your ENT specialists in Springfield and Northampton, MA, can help with hearing loss

If you think you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s easy to feel isolated. You feel like you are missing out on conversations and the sounds around you. Your ENT specialist can help you deal with hearing loss, so you can live your best life.

The ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Of Western New England provide comprehensive ENT services, including treatment for hearing loss. They have two convenient locations in Springfield and Northampton, MA, to help you.

There are a few causes of hearing loss, including:

  • Aging–which causes degeneration of your inner ear
  • A buildup of earwax–which can block sound from reaching the inner ear
  • Exposure to loud noises–which can damage your inner ear
  • Medications–these include Viagra, chemotherapy drugs, and some antibiotics
  • Illnesses which produce a high fever–these include meningitis, causing damage to the cochlea

So, how do you know if you are suffering from hearing loss? You may experience:

  • Hearing only muffled speech and sounds
  • Needing people around you to speak more loudly or slowly
  • Wanting to avoid social situations because you can’t hear
  • Difficulty picking out speech from background noise
  • Difficulty hearing consonants within words
  • Needing the volume on the television to be turned up
  • Noticing some sounds being louder than usual
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Difficulty talking on the phone
  • Difficulty hearing in a crowded room

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, it’s time to visit your ENT specialist for a hearing screening. If you are suffering some degree of hearing loss, your ENT specialist can recommend a variety of hearing aids, including:

  • A CIC (completely in the canal) hearing aid
  • An ITE (in the ear) hearing aid
  • A BTE (behind the ear) hearing aid
  • Cochlear implants

Your ENT specialist can help you choose the right hearing aid that fits in with your life. To learn more about the causes and treatments for hearing loss, talk with the experts. Call the ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Of Western New England. You can reach them in Springfield, MA, by calling (413) 732-7426, or in Northampton, MA, by calling (413) 586-2033, so call now.

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

Find out how to treat chronic ear infections.

An ear infection occurs when there is inflammation, fluid or an infection behind the eardrum. Fortunately, most ear infections resolve on their own; however, when your ear infections don’t go away, or they keep returning, you should turn to our Springfield and Northampton, MA, otolaryngologists.

How Do I Know if I Am Dealing With Chronic Ear Infections?

Your ear infection is considered chronic if your symptoms persist for three months or more. If you have a chronic ear infection, you may notice that your symptoms aren’t as severe as an acute ear infection. You may experience mild pressure or discomfort in the tear. You may also experience muffled hearing or a loss of hearing. With chronic ear infections, symptoms may come and go. You can also develop a chronic ear infection in both ears.

What Causes Frequent Ear Infections?

Your chronic ear infection may be caused by an acute ear infection that won’t go away on its own or recurring ear infections. The best way to determine the cause of your ear infections is to turn to our team for an evaluation. While ear infections are more common in young children, this doesn’t mean you can’t still deal with ear infections as an adult.

When Should I Turn to an ENT Doctor?

If you are dealing with an ear infection that doesn’t go away or comes back, you should turn to our Springfield and Northampton, MA, ENT doctors for treatment. After all, chronic ear infections can permanently damage the ear if left untreated.

How Are Chronic Ear Infections Treated?

We will first need to determine what is causing your infection. It’s common to prescribe antibiotics to treat chronic ear infections. Ear drops may also be prescribed if you have a hole in the eardrum. Sometimes surgery is necessary to clean out the infection or repair the small bones of the ear or eardrum.

Are you living with frequent ear infections? If so, our Springfield, Northampton or Mary Lane Hospital, MA, otolaryngologists are here to help. Call Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England at (413) 732-7426, (413) 586-2033 or (413) 967-2249.

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.





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