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Springfield, MA ENT
...   Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England has been providing care to the Pioneer Valley for over 50 years and, although the obstacles we now face are certainly unique, we are here to serve our community...

Patient Privacy
...After April14, 2009, the accounting will be provided for the past six(6) years...

Our Services
... Ears Conditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness...

About Us
... Our otolaryngologists are all Board certified with years of experience in the profession...

Physicians
...  Our physicians bring many years of experience and skills to their profession, and include: Barry R...

Carl E Reiner MD
...Reiner practiced medicine in the Pioneer Valley for over 40 years prior to retiring in January 2013...

Barry R Jacobs MD FACS
...  He has advanced training in the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases including immunotherapy, and over 23 years of extensive experience in the management of adult and pediatric emergencies...

Theodore P Mason MD
...After finishing his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois, he went to the prestigious California Ear Institute at Stanford for 2 years to work with some of the nation's finest leaders in the treatment of ear-related disorders...

Audiologists
..., CCC-A Audiology Manager   Education Doctor of Audiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009 Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005 Licenses and Certifications License in Audiology - Commonwealth of Massachusetts Certification of Clinical Competency – American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow - American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Other ASHA Awards for Continuing Education (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018) AAA Scholar Awards (2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020) Employed with Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC since 2010 Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clinical Interests/Concentration Personal experience with hearing loss includes over 30 years of hearing aid use Amplification selection and fitting Electroacoustic analysis of hearing devices Hearing conservation Personal Perspective “Growing up with a hearing loss has provided me a unique perspective on helping others hear better...

Administrators
...English Other Employed with Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England LLC since October 2012 Over 30 years of management experience in healthcare, human resources, and marketing Mary E...

Hearing Restoration
...Mason started the Baystate Medical Center Cochlear Implant Program in 2003, and performs approximately 35 implant procedures per year on children and adults ranging in age from 12 months to 91 years...

Hearing Health
...The outer and middle ears are comprised of the ear canal, ear drum & bony structures called ossicles...

Noise Induced Hearing Loss
...The damage is usually cumulative and may not be noticeable for many years...

Hearing Aids
Northeast Hearing Instruments at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC Personal hearing devices have come a long way and we are proud to offer the latest technology, backed by years of research...

Musicians Plugs
...They require different amounts of protection depending on the sound levels they encounter during rehearsals and performances...

Tips for Communicating with the Hearing Impaired
... If the hearing impaired person hears better with one ear or the other, try to remember this when you are positioning yourself while walking, sitting at a table, etc...

Tinnitus
... Tinnitus, tin’-it-us or tin-night’-us (either pronunciation is correct), is the name given to the perception of a phantom sound “in the ears” and/or “in the head” with no external source...

Pre Operative Instructions
... Children between 1 and 12 years of age – They may have a regular diet up until 8 hours prior to their surgery...

Post Operative Instructions
... Recommend strict water precautions: Keep water out of the ears at all times...

LPR Reflux
...Some people recover completely for months or years, and then may have a relapse...

Allergy Diagnosis & Treatment
...They are in the unique position of combining their extensive knowledge of ears, noses and throats with comprehensive allergy skills and knowledge so that patients are properly diagnosed and their symptoms are treated appropriately...

Types of Hearing Loss
...Some causes of this type of hearing loss include ear infections, fluid in the ears, holes in the ear drum, earwax buildup, growths in the ear canal or behind the eardrum, or a malformation in the ear anatomy...

Ear Surgery
...  Otoplasty can help create a natural shape to the ears while bringing proportion to the ears and face...

Botox & Xeomin Injections
...Benefits for the use of this filler include an excellent ongoing safety record for many years...

Common causes of hearing loss
...If the auditory nerves are damaged by a stroke or multiple sclerosis, permanent hearing loss can occur in one or both ears...

Ear Infections
... About 90% of children have OME at some time before school age, most often between ages six months and four years old...

What To Do If You Are Experiencing Hearing Loss?
...  Hearing aids, which amplify the sound that enters your ears, are the most common treatment for hearing loss...

Implantable Hearing Solutions
... Bone anchored hearing aid (Baha) A Baha may be an option for patients with single-sided deafness, malformed ears or ear canals, draining ears or a conductive hearing loss...

Dermal Fillers and Botox® & Xeomin® Injections
...Benefits for the use of this filler include an excellent ongoing safety record for many years...

Hearing Aids: When You Need Them and Which is Right for You
... You often hear ringing in your ears...

Common Causes of Ear Infections
...If your doctor recommends waiting to treat the infection, warm compresses and over-the-counter pain medications help relieve pain until the infection clears up...

What is an Audiologist?
... You experience ringing in the ears...

What's an Audiologist and Do I Need One?
...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...

What Types of Hearing Aids are Out There?
...You will locate which ear hears the sound...

Say Goodbye to Your Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Years of smiling, frowning, talking and chewing can cause noticeable wrinkles to develop around your eyes...

Signs of Hearing Loss
... If you’ve suddenly lost hearing in one or both ears, this is a serious medical emergency and you need to get treatment right away! Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England offers three offices throughout the Springfield, Northampton and Mary Lane Hospital areas so that everyone can get the ear, nose and throat care they need when they need it most...

Signs You May Have an Ear Infection
... If you are experiencing symptoms of an ear infection then you may notice: Ear pain (this can range from a dull ache to a sharp, constant pain) Ear drainage Feeling as if there is pressure or fullness in the ears Nausea Of course, if you suspect that your little one has an ear infection then they may not be able to tell you that they have one...

Throat
... About Your Voice Common Problems That Can Affect Your Voice Day Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Effects of Medications on Voice Gastroesphageal Reflux (GERD) How Allergies Affect your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat Keeping Your Voice Healthy Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts Pediatric GERD Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders Special Care for Occupational and Professional Voice Users Tips for Healthy Voices Tonsillectomy Procedures Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids PostOp Vocal Cord Paralysis GERD and LPR Hoarseness How the Voice Works Secondhand Smoke Sore Throats Tonsils and Adenoids

Should I Consider Hearing Aids?
...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...

Which Type of Hearing Aid Is Right for You?
Hearing loss can, unfortunately, come as a surprise—even in those who have suffered with it for years...

Propel
... If you are age 18 years or older and suffer from chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps, you may be a good candidate   Click here to Contact Us for a FREE Consultation

Treating Hearing Loss
... To protect your hearing, it’s also important to have your hearing tested at least once every 10 years through age 50, and every 3 years after age 50...

FAQs about Hearing Aids
...Typically, behind-the-ear devices help people with mild to even profound losses and with tinnitus, a buzzing or roaring sound in the ears...

Learn More About Hearing Aids
...If you suffer from hearing loss in both ears you may want to consider getting two hearing aids...

Caring for Your Hearing Aids
...Apply these products before you put your hearing aids in your ears...

Hearing Loss Signs and Symptoms
... Preventing Hearing Loss These steps can help you reduce your risk of hearing loss due to noise damage: If you work in an environment with loud noises, protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs...

Symptoms of an Ear Infection and Treatment Options
... 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...

What Symptoms Can Seasonal Allergies Cause?
... 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...

Ears
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Cholesteatoma Conductive Hearing Loss Earaches Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma) Earwax (Cerumen Impaction) Hyperacusis Labyrinthitis Ménière’s Disease Otosclerosis Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) Swimmer's Ear Tinnitus Vestibular Schwannoma

Nasal Fractures
... If you suspect your nose may be broken, you should see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, within one week of the injury...

Post-Nasal Drip
...Mucus moistens and cleans the nasal lining, moistens air, traps and clears what is inhaled, and helps fight infection...

Rhinitis
... Depending on the type of rhinitis, certain conditions may be associated, such as: Asthma Acute sinusitis Inflammation of the eye (conjunctivitis) Atopic dermatitis or eczema Poor ventilation of the ears (or eustachian tube dysfunction) Laryngitis (inflammation causing hoarseness of voice) Eosinophilic esophagitis Sleep disturbance What Are the Treatment Options...

Tonsillitis
... Acute tonsillitis—Tonsillitis most often occurs in children, but rarely in those younger than two-years-old...

Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer
... Tobacco use is measured in pack-years...

Zenker’s Diverticulum
... Following surgery, you may notice:  A sore throat Pain in your ears Pain at your incision site Pain in your jaw joints You should call your ENT specialist if you experience any of these post-surgical symptoms: If you have a hard time breathing (go to ER or call 911) If you have signs of a wound infection (fever, redness, swelling, tenderness, pus-like drainage) If you have chest, upper back, or neck pain If you cough up or vomit more than a few tablespoons of blood If you have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit What Questions Should I Ask My Doctor...

Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing
...In other cases, like children suspected of having severe OSA due to craniofacial syndromes, morbid obesity, neuromuscular disorders, or for children less than three-years-old, additional testing such as a sleep test may be recommended...

Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie)
... In recent years, the number of infants and children being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for ankyloglossia has been on the rise as the condition has become more known...

Pediatric Hearing Loss
...By age 18, 17 in 1,000 people have some degree of permanent hearing loss (this does not include the type of hearing loss caused by fluid in the ears or ear infections)...

Pediatric Sinusitis
... Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years...

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
... Common symptoms of AIED can include: Progressive SNHL in both ears that occurs over weeks to months that is not always the same in both ears Fluctuating hearing Dizziness or imbalance (approximately 50 percent of AIED cases) Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus Ear fullness (approximately 25 to 50 percent of AIED cases) Conductive hearing loss  may be present due to Eustachian tube obstruction from inflamed middle ear lining and/or if AIED is because of systemic autoimmune diseases Symptoms of systemic autoimmune diseases, such as fatigue, achy muscles, swelling and redness, low-grade fever, and more What Causes AIED...

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
... The way we maintain balance when we move about is by the complex interactions of both inner ears, the eyes, the muscles down your back, and soles of the feet, and how all of these get processed in the brain...

Conductive Hearing Loss
... Foreign body—This is typically a problem in children who may put common objects including beads and beans in their ears but can also be seen in adults most often by accident, such as when a bug gets into the ear...

Earaches
...The pain may be dull, sharp, or burning and can occur in one or both ears...

Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma)
...A stuffy nose leads to stuffy ears because the swollen membranes in the nose can extend into the eustachian tube and block it...

Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)
...The absence of earwax may result in dry, itchy ears...

Hyperacusis
...It can affect people of all ages in one or both ears, and is often associated with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears...

Ménière’s Disease
...In most cases only one ear (unilateral) is involved, but both ears (bilateral) may be affected...

Otosclerosis
... The symptoms of otosclerosis include: Progressive/worsening hearing loss Difficulty hearing low-pitched sounds or whispers Ringing, roaring, buzzing, or hissing in the ears or head, known as tinnitus [LINK] What Causes Otosclerosis...

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
..., industrial/machinery or explosion/gunfire close to the ear; can be prevented with proper protection) Head trauma or abrupt changes in air pressure—this can cause the space that contains inner ear fluid to rupture Autoimmune inner ear disease—the body’s immune system attacks the inner ear and causes progressive hearing loss in both ears Ménière’s disease —a condition characterized by fluctuating hearing loss, dizziness, ear fullness, or ringing in the ears (called tinnitus)  Central nervous disease—damage caused by a condition such as multiple sclerosis Cochlear otosclerosis—abnormal bone growth in the inner ear Congenital inner ear malformation—genetic or environmental abnormalities (very common cause in children) Benign tumor—called “vestibular schwannoma,” this is a noncancerous tumor on the adjacent balance nerve that compresses the hearing nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, causing SNHL What Are the Treatment Options...

Swimmer's Ear
...When the infection clears up, hearing usually returns to normal...

Tinnitus
Over 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in ears, which is the perception of sound without an external source being present...

Vestibular Schwannoma
... The symptoms of a vestibular schwannoma may include: Sudden or gradual hearing loss (sensorineural hearing loss) Ringing, roaring, buzzing, or hissing in the ears or head, known as tinnitus Ear fullness Vertigo, or feeling like you are spinning when you are still Imbalance, or unsteadiness Headache Facial weakness Facial numbness What Causes a Vestibular Schwannoma...

Bell's Palsy
The facial nerve controls the muscles of your face, ears, the saliva glands in your mouth, as well as the tears in your eyes, and provides some of the sense of taste on your tongue...

Head and Neck Cancer
...If blood appears in your saliva or phlegm for more than a few days, you should see a physician...

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
... In some people, however, HPV remains in the body causing genetic changes in tissue that can lead to cancer years later...

Sialadenitis
...The three major salivary glands are the “parotid” (on the sides of the face in front of the ears), “submandibular” (under the jaw), and “sublingual” glands (under the tongue)...

Skin Cancer
...It typically appears as a small raised bump that has a pearly appearance...

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
... Common symptoms of TMJ pain may include: Ear pain Sore jaw muscles Temple or cheek pain Jaw popping/clicking Locking of the jaw Difficulty in opening the mouth fully Frequent head and/or neck aches Ringing in the ears (also called tinnitus) Your pain may be sharp and searing, occurring each time you swallow, yawn, talk, or chew, or it may be dull and constant...