Posts for: August, 2016
What your ENT specialist in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD wants you to know about sore throats
An occasional sore throat happens, but if you keep having a sore throat that doesn’t go away it may be time to get some help. Sore throats can be a symptom of an underlying condition that needs medical attention, but how can you know if you need to see the doctor? Your ENT specialists at Central ENT Consultants in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD want you to know the facts about your sore throat.
You should visit your ENT specialist if you experience:
- A severe sore throat that lasts longer than 5 to 7 days
- A rash or joint pain
- A sore throat without an identifiable cause like allergies
- A fever over 101 degrees
- A difficult time swallowing, breathing or opening your mouth
- An earache or lump in your neck
- Blood or mucus in your saliva
Sore throats can be caused by common conditions like allergies, the flu or a cold. Infections of your nose or sinuses can also result in a sore throat as the mucus drains down the back of your throat. Infected tonsils can also cause a sore throat. If your sore throat has an obvious cause, chances are it will go away when the condition does.
For relief from a common sore throat, your ENT specialists want you to try:
- Drinking lots of liquids
- Drinking warm tea with honey
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
- Placing a humidifier in your bedroom
There are more serious causes of a sore throat, and your ENT specialists in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD want you to be aware and seek help because your sore throat might be a sign of something more serious, such as:
- Strep throat, which is caused by bacteria and won’t go away on its own
- Sleep apnea, which can deprive your body of needed oxygen
- Acid reflux, which can cause chronic esophagus issues
- Throat tumors, growths or cancer
When you visit your ENT specialists they may prescribe antibiotics if you have a bacterial infection like strep throat. In the case of sleep apnea, you may need to wear a special appliance called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).
Your ENT specialists will perform a thorough medical examination to determine if you might have a potentially serious condition. They offer a full range of diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your sore throat and the best treatment for you.
Don’t suffer from a chronic sore throat when help is just a phone call away. Call your ENT specialists at Central ENT Consultants in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD and get some help for your sore throat. Call today and feel better tomorrow!
How well you hear affects the quality of your life. Poor communication, frustration and withdrawal in social situations and difficulty in processing information all result from hearing loss. Hearing aids assist people of all ages by supporting the hearing abilities people have. Board-certified otolaryngologist in Frederick, MD, Dr. Kirby Scott, teaches patients about the kinds of hearing loss and about the science that improves function through the devices we call hearing aids.
Kinds of Hearing Loss
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says there are 3 kinds of hearing loss:
- Conductive--related to how sound waves pass through the ear drum and bones of the middle ear
- Sensorineural--often an age-related deficit in how sound is picked up by the acoustic nerve and arrives at the brain
- Mixed--a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss
- Central--the brain's inability to process sound signals it receives from the ear
Hearing aids from your Frederick otolaryngologist can address conductive, sensorineural and mixed hearing loss. Other therapies such as ear wax (cerumen) removal, insertion of tubes to drain fluid and pharmaceuticals to quell infection are among the many treatments your Otolaryngologist from Central ENT Consultants employs to correct hearing deficits.
The Science Behind Hearing Aids
Hearing involves more than volume of sound. The pitch, or frequency, of sound waves plays an important role in what we hear and how well we hear it. Additionally, things such as background noise and direction of sound affect clarity. People who are beginning to perceive a hearing loss often complain of difficulty in understanding soft voices, such as those of young children, and of struggling with noisy environments and the direction of various sounds.
Fortunately, modern hearing aid technology has progressed to the point where many devices are programmable and adjustable specific to the wearer's kind of hearing loss. There are 2 basic types of hearing aid technology:
- Analog--which receives sound waves through a microphone and amplifies them, adjusting for crowded environments, according to the audiologist's programming
- Digital--which changes sound saves into numerical codes, amplifying certain frequencies more than others as needed and adjusting for direction of sound
What can a Hearing Aid Do for You?
You won't know until you get a complete physical exam from Dr. Scott and a hearing evaluation from our audiologist, Michelle Garrett. They will pinpoint the cause of your hearing issues and if necessary recommend the hearing device just right for your situation. Call Central ENT Consultants in Frederick, MD today for an appointment: (301) 739-0400.