How do you know if you’re dealing with a sinus infection?
These days we know that dealing with a runny nose and nasal congestion could have you concerned about the coronavirus; however, it could just be a simple sinus infection. In fact, about 1 out of every 7 adults in the US deal with sinusitis, which equates to more than 30 million people each year. From the office of our Montgomery, AL, ENT doctors Dr. Wallace Vaughan, Jr. and Elliott Morgan, here are the symptoms of sinusitis and signs it’s time to see a professional.
Signs and Symptoms of Sinusitis
Wondering if you are dealing with a sinus infection? A sinus infection is most often going to cause,
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Runny nose or a stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Post-nasal drip
- Referred pain (often in the upper teeth)
Some people are more prone to sinus infections. For example, smokers and those with seasonal allergies are more likely to deal with sinusitis. If you’ve recently recovered from a cold you are also more at risk for developing a sinus infection.
Seeing an ENT Doctor
You may want to come into our Montgomery, AL, office for an evaluation with one of our otolaryngologists if,
- You are dealing with severe pain, headaches, or facial pressure
- Your symptoms are getting worse
- Your symptoms aren’t responding to home care
- Your symptoms last more than 10 days
- You have a fever that lasts more than 72 hours
If you also deal with several sinus infections each year then it’s also time to consult our ENT team to find out why you’re dealing with recurring infections and what you can do to get them under control.
You’ll be happy to read that most of the time your sinus infection will go away on its own without medication or medical intervention; however, our ENT doctors can recommend certain home care methods and over the counter medications to help alleviate sinus symptoms. You may want to use,
- Nasal sprays
- Cough suppressants
- Warm compresses
- Neti pot
- Warm steams
If you aren’t sure whether you are dealing with a sinus infection, or if you feel like you’re constantly dealing with sinus infections then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with our Montgomery, AL, ENT doctors. Call Central Alabama ENT Associates today at (334) 277-0484.
Hearing loss could occur for various reasons and at ay point in your life. But since it tends to occur gradually, there’s a chance that you might not notice it immediately. With this in mind, below are hearing loss warning signs that you should tell your doctor at Central Alabama ENT Associates as soon as possible
Warning Signs in Adults
You might be developing hearing loss if you’re experiencing two or more of these symptoms:
- Constantly asking others to repeat what they’ve just said
- Trouble following a conversation if more than one person is talking simultaneously
- Straining to understand or completely misunderstanding things that are said to you
- Dizziness, and/or ringing or pain in your ears
- People complaining that the volume of what you’re listening to or watching is too loud
- Thinking that other individuals are always mumbling
- Difficulty hearing people talk over the phone
- Trouble hearing conversations in noisy environments
Red Flags in Children
Younger individuals usually don’t realize that their healing is off or might not have the ability to tell you exactly what they are feeling. That being said, here are warning signs to look out for that might indicate reduced hearing:
- Responding to sound inconsistently
- Unclear speech
- A speech or language delay
- Not responding when calling them
- Unable to follow instructions
- Watching a video or listening to music with the volume turned up high
How to Manage Hearing Loss
Once you start to experience the hearing loss symptoms mentioned above, visit your doctor in Montgomery, AL, for a checkup immediately. Your doctor can find out what’s causing your hearing loss and recommend the best ways to treat and manage your condition. Meanwhile, help yourself with the following tips:
- Tell your family and friends that you’re having difficulty hearing them so they’ll be able to offer you support.
- Ask people to talk more slowly and loudly.
- Ask people to face you when conversing with you. Understanding what they’re communicating may be easier if you can clearly see their body language, lips, and expressions.
- Refrain from exposing yourself to background noise whenever possible. Opt for a quiet environment when going out and bring noise-canceling earplugs or headphones as a backup.
Speak to Us For More Details, Questions, or Concerns About Hearing Loss
Book a consultation here at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, with Dr. Wallace Vaughan or Dr. C. Elliott Morgan by dialing (334) 277-0484.
Children develop middle ear infections, or otitis media, more than adults do. Besides suffering uncomfortable symptoms, youngsters may experience hearing and speech problems with repeat infections, At Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, your ENT doctors, Dr. Wallace Vaughan, Jr. and Dr. C. Elliott Morgan diagnose and treat otitis media so your child feels better.
Why it happens
Otitis media happens because of fluid build-up and bacteria behind the eardrum. Most young children have at least one of these infections before they even begin school, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
But, why are children more prone? Of course, kids' immune systems are still developing; so they get colds, flu, strep throat infections and yes, otitis media, easily. Crowded classroom conditions and daycare may contribute, too.
Additionally, children have short eustachian tubes, the drainage path between the middle ear and the throat. More horizontally oriented than in adults, the eustachian tubes collect bacteria and viruses, leading to infection.
Ear infection symptoms
Symptoms vary in severity, but your ENT doctors at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, recognize the following as the most common signs:
- The child pulls at his or her ear
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Muffled hearing
- Ear drainage
- Poor appetite
- A bulging eardrum due to accumulated fluid
Left untreated, ear infections can harm hearing and lead to speech and learning delays in young patients.
Treating ear infections
Most cases of otitis media respond well to palliative treatment (Tylenol for fever and pain, rest and a warm compress to the affected side). Bacterial infections may require a course of oral antibiotics. Repeat infections subside with the surgical insertion of ear tubes. Also called ventilation tubes, these tiny devices keep ears free of fluid.
Also, prevention always is the best medicine. So, teach your child to hand wash frequently, and get him or her a flu shot at the pediatrician's office. With babies, breastfeeding confers passive immunity to many childhood illnesses.
At Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, Dr. Vaughan and Dr. Morgan diagnose and treat ear infections and other chronic or acute conditions of the ear, nose and throat. Call (334) 277-0484 for a consultation with one of these experienced ENT doctors.
Tinnitus is a perception of ringing or noise in your ears. A very common ear issue, according to the American Tinnitus Association, it impacts approximately 15% up to 20% of people. It’s vital to understand though that tinnitus is not a condition but a symptom of another condition. Likewise, while it could get worse as you age, for lots of people, it can be managed with proper treatment.
Here at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, our ENT doctors, Dr. Wallace C. Vaughan, Jr., and Dr. C. Elliott Morgan can diagnose tinnitus and help you treat or manage it.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus comes in two types; the first one is subjective tinnitus, the most common kind and one that only you can hear. The second is objective tinnitus, which is the kind that your ENT doctor can hear during an examination. Various health issues could worsen or cause tinnitus, but one of the most common tinnitus causes is damage to the inner ear hair cells.
Delicate, tiny hairs in the inner ear move with the sound waves’ pressure. This stimulates the cells to discharge electrical signals via the auditory nerve in the ear to the brain. In turn, the brain will interpret the signals as sound, so if the inner ear hairs are broken or bent, they could leak random signals to the brain, resulting in tinnitus.
Other tinnitus causes include other problems with the ear, injuries, chronic health problems, or conditions affecting the ear’s nerves or the brain’s hearing center. In most people, however, tinnitus is typically a result of hearing loss related to aging, earwax obstruction, regular and excess exposure to loud sounds, and changes in the ear bone. Likewise, various medications might worsen or cause tinnitus, and in rare instances, by problems with the blood vessels.
What are The Symptoms of Tinnitus?
The most common tinnitus symptoms include these phantom sounds in the ear:
These phantom sounds might differ in pitch and you might hear them in both or just one ear. Further, it might come and go or be present at all times.
When to Visit Your ENT Doctor
Go to your ENT doctor in Montgomery, AL, if:
- Tinnitus suddenly develops following a cold or other upper respiratory infection, and it doesn’t get better in a week.
- You experience tinnitus and dizziness or hearing loss.
- Tinnitus that develops without any apparent cause
For Advice or Concerns About Tinnitus, Reach Out to Us
Book your consultation with your ENT doctor here at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, Dr. Wallace C. Vaughan, Jr. and Dr. C. Elliott Morgan by calling (334) 277-0484.
How your ENT specialists in Montgomery, AL, can help with hearing loss
Hearing loss can sneak up on you. All you may notice is having to turn up the television or radio just a little bit, or being a bit lost in certain conversations. All of these issues are easy to ignore, but they could be early signs of hearing loss. Fortunately, choosing a hearing aid can help.
Dr. Wallace C. Vaughan, Jr. and Dr. C. Elliott Morgan at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, can help with hearing loss. They offer a wide range of ENT services, including hearing aids to help you hear what you’ve been missing.
You can benefit from a hearing aid if you are experiencing:
- Hearing only muffled speech and sounds
- Having problems separating words from background noise
- Needing people around you to speak more loudly and slowly
- Wanting to isolate yourself because of hearing problems
There are many types of hearing aids for you to choose from. Consider:
- CIC hearing aids, which fit completely in your ear canal; are the most discreet hearing aid and don’t have a directional microphone or volume control.
- ITE hearing aids, which fit in your ear by looping over your outer ear; they are more visible than CIC hearing aids and have volume control.
- BTE hearing aids, which fit behind your ear and loop over the top of your ear; these are the largest hearing aids and provide excellent sound quality.
- Cochlear implants are another hearing aid option and are an excellent choice for severe hearing loss. They compensate for the parts of your ear that aren’t working correctly.
You deserve to live your best life, and that includes hearing well. You don’t want to miss out on the sounds of your beautiful life. To learn more about the benefits of hearing aids and which type might be best for you, call Dr. Wallace C. Vaughan, Jr. and Dr. C. Elliott Morgan of Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, at (334) 277-0484. Call now!
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