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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
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
April 24, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Keeping your hearing aids clean and in good repair will ensure that you get the maximum benefit from these important devices. In addition to home cleaning, professional cleaning at the offices of Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England is essential. Your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors have three convenient offices in Northampton, Ware, and Springfield, MA.

How to Care for Your Hearing Aids

Following these tips will help you avoid hearing aid malfunctions:

  • Clear Your Hearing Aids Every Day: Your aids won't work very well if they become clogged with ear wax. Use a soft toothbrush, a hearing aid brush, or a wax pick to remove wax and debris from the openings of the receivers and microphones. You'll also need to replace the wax filters in the hearing aids from time to time. Use the type of filters recommended by your ENT in Northampton, Ware, or Springfield, MA.
  • Keep Your Hearing Aids Safe and Dry: Today's hearing aids use complicated technology to improve your hearing. Exposure to moisture may damage the sensitive circuits in the aids, causing them to malfunction. Avoid wearing hearing aids when you shower, swim or bathe. Put the aids in a safe, dry place when you remove them at night. If you have pets or small children who may be tempted to play with your hearing aids, store the aids in a high shelf or cabinet.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands before handling or cleaning your hearing aids. Don't use hair sprays or gels while you're wearing your aids, as these products may damage or clog the aids. Apply these products before you put your hearing aids in your ears.
  • Don't Forget to Change the Batteries: Changing the batteries on a regular basis can prevent damage due to corroded batteries. After removing the batteries, wipe the contacts with a soft cloth or cotton sway to remove dirt. If dirt remains on the contacts, hearing aid performance may be affected. Your audiologist or ENT may recommend removing the batteries at night, depending on the type of hearing aid.

Home and professional cleanings keep your hearing aids in good working condition. If you would like to schedule an appointment or cleaning with the ENTS at Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, call (413) 732-7426 for the Springfield, MA, office, (413) 586-2033 for the Northampton office, or (413) 967-2249 for the Ware office at Mary Lane Hospital.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
January 02, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing loss   Hearing Aids  

Hearing loss can, unfortunately, come as a surprise—even in those who have suffered with it for years. However, awareness of the Hearing Losssymptoms of hearing loss and knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment process can help ensure that you are on track to receiving the best possible care. Learn more about hearing loss, how it can sneak up on you, and how your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help by reading below, and if you are interested in treatment, contact Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA.

 

What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid is a device which consists of three main elements: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. These components work together to take outside sounds, amplify them, and then transmit them directly into the ear. A hearing aid is worn on or in the ear and comes in a variety of styles and types.

 

Do I need a hearing aid?
Hearing loss often advances slowly over time and many patients do not recognize their hearing problem until it has advanced into its later stages. However, knowing the signs of hearing loss can help you get the help you need early. Some symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty hearing those around you
  • Asking others to repeat themselves often
  • Difficulty following conversations, especially on the phone or in crowded environments
  • Feeling as though those around you are mumbling
  • Others tell you the TV or radio volume is too high, but you think it is reasonable

 

Diagnosing Hearing Loss
Though your ear, nose, and throat doctor will use a variety of information to diagnose your hearing loss, a hearing test will help them most accurately assess the severity of the loss. During the test, you will wear headphones and listen for sounds played at different frequencies before indicating in which ear the sound was played.

 

Interested? Call one our locations in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA!
Your doctor can advise you on the best choice of hearing aid for your situation. For more information on hearing aids, please contact Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons of Western New England. Call (413) 732-7426 for the Springfield office, (413) 586-2033 to schedule your appointment in Northampton, or (413) 967-2249 for the Mary Lane Hospital location today!

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
October 08, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Although hearing aids can't reverse hearing loss, they can significantly improve the ability to communicate and overall quality of life for people suffering from various degrees of hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing loss in one or both ears, a hearing aid may be a good option for you depending on your situation. The otolaryngologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA, offer a number of hearing restoration options for different forms and degrees of hearing loss.

Hearing Aids in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA

If you are experiencing hearing loss, schedule a consultation with an ENT doctor or audiologist in order to determine whether you may benefit from hearing aids or other devices. Hearing aids consist of a microphone, amplifier, and speaker that pick up and transmit sounds through the ear to help people with hearing loss follow and participate in conversations in noisy or quiet environments. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), only one in approximately five people that could potentially benefit from using a hearing aid actually chooses to wear one.

Types of Hearing Aids

There are a few different types of hearing aids available:

  • Completely in the canal (CIC) - fits entirely inside the ear canal and has fewer features (like volume control) than other models. Works well with mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • In the canal (ITC) - partially fits in the ear canal and also works for mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • In the ear (ITE) - fits in the outer ear and has the capability for more features than CIC and ITC hearing aids. Available for moderate to severe hearing loss.
  • Behind the ear (BTE) - The device is worn behind the ear and is appropriate for most levels of hearing loss.
  • Receiver in canal (RIC) - Similar to BTE models but the receiver is connected to the hearing aid with a thin wire rather than tubing, and is smaller than a BTE.

Find an ENT Doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA

For more information about hearing aids and other hearing restoration options, contact Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England today to schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.