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

Your ENT specialists in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, 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, Northampton, and at Mary Lane Hospital, in Ware, 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, in Northampton, at (413) 586-2033, or at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA, at (413) 967-2249. Call today.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
November 02, 2021
Tags: Botox  

Simple aspects of life like laughing, smiling, frowning, and all your facial expressions, often result in the inevitability of wrinkles. To avoid facial expressions is virtually impossible, however, with the help of botox, you can reduce the visibility of unwanted wrinkles. At Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, our team of medical professionals are committed to helping you minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

What is botox?

Botox is a toxin that's derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, and when used in small doses, the treatment can smooth the skin. The cosmetic injection aims to prevent the muscles and nerves from moving which results in wrinkles.

What are some reasons to receive botox treatment?

If considering botox, there are a variety of issues or conditions that may be ideal for enhancing the appearance of your skin, such as:

  • crow's feet (creases at the edge of the eyelids)
  • apparent smile lines
  • creases between your eyebrows
  • forehead wrinkle lines
  • spasms of the eyelid

The issues and conditions above can be determined by our team of medical professionals at Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, by referring to the two common types of wrinkles that can be countered with botox:

  1. Dynamic wrinkles: wrinkles that are a result of facial movements and expressions (e.g. laughing, smiling, eating, etc.). Dynamic wrinkles are present in everyone but deepen with age.
  2. Thin lines and wrinkles: as you age, your skin loses the elasticity (or moisture) that maintains the appearance of youthful skin. Collagen is the protein that preserves that elasticity, however, over time, it will begin thinning out beneath the layers of your skin.

How does Botox treatment work?

Administered in small doses, Botox is often injected to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Once injected, the facial muscles and nerves that cause wrinkles are then smoothed out over time.

However, it's important to note that botox treatments lose their noticeable effect after 3 to 6 months. If you don't uphold your treatment appointments with our team at Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield and Northampton, MA, the benefits of botox wear off.

Botox Consultation

To decide if Botox is right for you, schedule an appointment with our team of medical professionals today by calling our Springfield, MA, location at (413) 732-7426, or our Northampton, MA, location at (413) 586-2033.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
October 18, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Hoarseness   Sore Throat  

At some point in life, everyone has probably experienced a sore throat. Dealing with a sore throat can be extremely irritating and can cause your daily life to suffer. Sore throats can be caused by a number of issues, but it’s important to see your doctor to find out what could be causing your sore throat and how it can be treated. When you’re dealing with a sore throat, you should visit your ENT doctor at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC, with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to find out how you can treat your hoarseness and sore throat and get back to your normal life as soon as possible.

Treating a Sore Throat

When you’re dealing with a sore throat and hoarseness caused by a cold or flu, your ENT doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, may recommend some different forms of care for you try at home to ease your symptoms. Some common remedies may include:

  • Drinking warm tea or water with honey
  • Increasing your water intake
  • Using a humidifier in the bedroom
  • Gargling with salt water several times a day
  • Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed

If your sore throat is more severe and doesn’t seem to be eased with any of these treatments, your ENT doctor may want to see you for a throat culture to find out if your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection. If it is being caused by a bacterial infection, you may be prescribed antibiotics to kill the bacteria.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

If you’re being affected by a sore throat, be sure to talk to your ENT doctor as soon as possible to start treatment. Contact your doctor at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC, with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to treat your hoarseness and sore throat today! Call (413) 732-7426 for the office in Springfield, MA, (413) 586-2033 for the office in Northampton, and (413) 967-2249 for the office in Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA, today!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
July 09, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergy   Seasonal Allergy  

How your ENT specialists in Springfield, MA, can help you get relief from seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergy symptoms can make you miserable. You may not even want to go outside because of how uncomfortable plants, trees, flowers, and grasses can make you feel. The good news is, your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you breathe better and feel better during allergy season.

The ENT specialists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons Of Western New England offer a wide range of ENT services, including allergy testing and treatment. They have three convenient office locations in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA, to help you get relief from seasonal allergy symptoms.

When you have seasonal allergies, exposure to grass, tree, flower, or plant pollens can make you sick. You can have symptoms that are mild to moderate to severe.

These are just a few of the symptoms you may experience:

  • A runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Sinus pressure or headaches
  • Itchy, watery, irritated eyes
  • Inflamed or infected ears

You may also have a severe reaction such as difficulty breathing. Breathing difficulties should be treated as a medical emergency, and you should seek out medical care immediately.

Seasonal allergies can occur during spring or summer or both, because you may be allergic to different pollens which are in the air at different times of the year.

To begin your allergy treatment, your ENT specialist will perform allergy testing to find out which pollens you are allergic to. Skin tests are the most common type of test. During a skin test, a tiny amount of material from different pollens is injected just under your skin. If redness or swelling occurs at the injection site, you are allergic to that substance.

Allergy treatment can include allergy injections, medications, or sublingual immunotherapy. Your ENT specialist will discuss which option is best for you.

For more information about testing and treatment for seasonal allergies, talk with 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, MA, at (413) 586-2033, or at their office in Mary Lane Hospital, at (413) 967-2249. Call now!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
May 20, 2021
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Ear Infection  

Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses that are painful because of fluid buildup. If you think you have an ear infection, you need to visit one of the doctors in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, at Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England.

Types of ear infections

Ear infections can be chronic or acute:

  • Chronic ear infections don’t clear up or they recur and may cause permanent damage to the middle and inner ear.
  • Acute ear infections have a short duration.

What are the symptoms of ear infections?

  • Ears swell
  • Blockage because of fluid build-up in the middle ear
  • Pain or discomfort inside the ear
  • Persistent pressure inside the ear
  • Infants may become fussy
  • Pus-like ear drainage
  • Hearing loss
  • Children may experience fever

What may be the cause of an ear infection?

  • allergies
  • colds
  • sinus infections
  • excess mucus
  • smoking
  • changes in air pressure

What treatments are available?

There are a variety of treatment options available but first, you need to speak with your ENT specialist about what's best for you when visiting their offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware.

Mild ear infections may require applying a warm cloth to the infected ear, using over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication like ibuprofen, or using prescription ear drops.

If symptoms worsen, schedule an appointment with your doctor. they will diagnose the type of ear infection you have and prescribe antibiotics appropriately (This also applies to children).

Note, you must finish the entire course of antibiotics and surgery may be an option if your ear infection isn’t eliminated with non-invasive or medicinal treatments.

Need to speak with a specialist?

At Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England, your doctors can diagnose and treat ear infections. Call any of their three MA locations in Springfield at 413-732-7426, in Northampton at 413-586-2033, or in Ware at 413-967-2249.





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