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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
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
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.

By Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England
December 26, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: hearing loss  

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

Hearing loss is a common problem, especially as you get older. Fortunately, you don’t have to miss out on the beautiful sounds of your life. You don’t have to miss out on wonderful conversations with people you care about. You can regain your hearing!

The ear, nose, and throat doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England offer a wide range of ENT services, including treatment of hearing loss. They have three convenient office locations in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to help you with hearing loss.

Hearing loss can be subtle, happening slowly, over a long period of time. However, there are some definite signs and symptoms to look out for. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may be experiencing hearing loss if you:

  • Have difficulty picking out individual words from background noise
  • Have problems hearing consonants within words
  • Hear muffled speech and muffled sounds
  • Are avoiding social situations because of hearing problems
  • Need others around you to speak more loudly or slowly

If you are noticing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, it’s time to visit your ENT specialist for a hearing test. A hearing test helps your doctor determine your degree of hearing loss and which treatment might be best for you.

Your doctor may recommend a hearing aid, and there are several types including:

  • A CIC hearing aid, which is completely in the ear canal, and is the most discreet hearing aid
  • A BTE hearing aid, which is behind the ear, and is the largest hearing aid
  • An ITE hearing aid, which is inside your ear and has a volume control
  • Cochlear implants, which function for parts of your ear that aren’t working properly

If you are experiencing hearing loss, there is not a moment to lose. Find out more about treatment for hearing loss by calling the ear, nose, and throat doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA. Hear better by calling (413) 732-7426 for our Springfield office, (413) 586-2033 for our Northampton office, and (413) 967-2249 for our Ware office today!