Posts for: December, 2016
How your audiologists in Springfield, Northampton and Ware can help you
Your audiologist is a medical specialist trained to evaluate hearing loss in adults, children and infants. They also treat hearing loss by providing hearing aids to people of all ages. When you visit an audiologist, you can be assured you are being treated by a person who holds a masters or doctoral degree in treatment of hearing disorders. Your audiologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton and Ware, MA want to share some facts about audiologists and when you might need one.
If you have hearing loss, you are not alone; in fact more than 30% of adults over age 65 have hearing loss, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. The ASHA also states that nearly 8 million people between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss.
You may need the services of an audiologist if you:
- Hear muffled speech or sounds
- Can’t pick out words from background noise
- Need people around you to speak more slowly or loudly
- Can’t pick out consonants
One of the main procedures audiologists do is perform hearing screenings. Screenings are an inexpensive, quick method of finding out if you are losing your hearing. The ASHA recommends adults should have a hearing screening at least every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after the age of 50.
Your audiologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England have offices in Springfield, Northampton and Ware to provide treatment if you do have hearing loss. They offer a full range of hearing aids and can recommend the type of hearing aid which will work best for you.
Visiting an audiologist can provide you with peace-of-mind, knowing you have the best care available for your hearing. When you get treatment for hearing loss from an audiologist, you will have a more positive view of life, greater self-esteem, and you won’t feel “left out” of conversations.
You don’t need to miss out on the sounds of life and important conversations around you. If you have hearing loss, it’s time to see the audiologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England. They have offices in Springfield, Northampton and Ware, MA to serve you. Call today!
Whether from cheering on your favorite team or singing along to your favorite artist, losing your voice is never a fun experience. However, hoarseness can be a sign of something more than simple overuse. Find out what is causing your hoarseness with your doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Ware and Springfield, MA.
Common Causes of Hoarseness
Hoarseness is defined as a sudden or abnormal change in voice and is usually caused by the inflammation or irritation of the vocal cords. Common causes of hoarseness include:
- Infection: An upper respiratory infection, the most common cause of seeing a doctor in the United States, can make you lose your voice.
- Laryngitis: The most common cause of hoarseness, laryngitis occurs when the larynx, which houses the vocal cords, becomes inflamed.
- Gastric Reflux: This condition occurs when stomach acid travels up the esophagus and irritates the tissues in the throat.
- Smoking: Smoking irritates the vocal cords, causing you to become hoarse. However, hoarseness in smokers should be examined by a healthcare professional to rule out things like throat cancer.
- Overuse: Screaming, singing loudly, speaking loudly for an extended period of time or speaking loudly over a crowd in a noisy situation can cause hoarseness.
- Allergies: Allergies can cause hoarseness due to coughing and other symptoms.
- Coughing: Coughing puts added pressure onto the vocal cords, causing you to become hoarse. If you are coughing so much you lose your voice, you should consult your physician.
- Nodules: Vocal cord lesions or nodules are similar to a callus which develops on the vocal cord, causing hoarseness.
Hoarseness Treatment in Northampton, Ware and Springfield
Most cases of hoarseness go away on their own within a day or two. Resting the voice is helpful in reducing inflammation and irritation which allows the body’s natural healing abilities to take over. If you are hoarse for more than two weeks, or if you are hoarse alongside pain, coughing up blood, have a lump in your neck or are having problems swallowing, you should see your ear, nose and throat doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your hoarseness.
For more information on hoarseness and its causes, please contact your doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Ware and Springfield, MA. Call to schedule your examination today!