A hearing aid is a device you wear to help you hear more clearly. When you have hearing loss, a hearing aid is a smart option to help you communicate with others. You wear it in or behind your ear. Hearing aids amplify sounds, perfect for both quiet or noisy environments. If you wear hearing aids and live in Fredericksburg or Stafford, schedule an appointment with our doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Facial Plastic Surgery. Our experienced doctors can help you with a variety of medical conditions, including hearing loss. Keep reading to learn more about how you can take care of your hearing aids.
Kinds of Hearing Aids
There are three main types of hearing aids, behind the ear, in the ear, or canal. If you need hearing aids and live in Fredericksburg or Stafford, your doctor will determine which hearing aid is best for your unique needs.
- Behind-the-ear hearing aids, also known as BIE, have two parts. The first part of the hearing aid sits behind your ear. A thin, clear tube connects it to an earmold that sits inside the ear canal.
- In-the-ear hearing aids, also known as ITE, fit entirely inside your outer ear.
- Canal hearing aids fit more deeply in the ear canal so that they are nearly invisible to the eye.
Taking Care of Your Hearing Aids
- Hearing aids improve your quality of life, allowing you to hear better and improve your ability to communicate. Taking care of your hearing aids will ensure that they function effectively and last for a long time. The following are some tips to keep your hearing aids in great shape:
- Ear wax and ear drainage can damage your hearing aids. This is why it's so important for you to keep your hearing aids clean. Follow your doctor's instructions to ensure that you are cleaning them properly.
- If the hearing aid batteries die, immediately replace them. Keep the battery door open when not using your hearing aids. If you keep your batteries inside the hearing aids for a long time, they can corrode and damage the device.
- Avoid using hair care products while wearing your hearing aids.
- Moisture and heat can damage your hearing aids, so keep them away from damp and hot environments.
Schedule Your Visit
Hearing loss negatively affects your ability to communicate with others. Fortunately, if you need hearing aids and live in Fredericksburg or Stafford VA, one of our experienced doctors can help you determine which hearing aids are appropriate for your needs. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 540-371-1226.
If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be the answer you’re looking for.
If you’ve been dealing with nasal congestion, post-nasal drip and facial pressure for months on end, you may be dealing with a chronic sinus infection. Both acute and chronic sinusitis cause inflammation within the nasal passages, which can also lead to obstructions and difficulty breathing. The only difference is that acute sinusitis will usually go away within a few weeks while chronic sinusitis can last more than 12 weeks. This is usually about the time patients schedule an appointment with our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for them.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
The minimally invasive procedure can finally provide patients with the relief they need that other home care and treatments just can’t. Of course, many patients don’t immediately want to turn to sinus surgery to correct nasal blockages, which is why balloon sinuplasty is an ideal option. It can alleviate symptoms almost immediately and doesn’t require surgery or incisions.
During balloon sinuplasty, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctors will carefully guide an endoscope into the blocked nasal passage. At the end of the endoscope is a deflated balloon. Once the endoscope is in the ideal position we will inflate the balloon, which will open up the inflamed and blocked nasal passages to help drain the sinuses.
What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?
Many people are choosing to get balloon sinuplasty because it offers a simple but effective way to treat resistant and unresponsive forms of chronic sinusitis. Some of the benefits of balloon sinuplasty include,
- A quick procedure that is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia and sedation (we would be happy to discuss sedation options with you during your consultation)
- A faster recovery time and fewer post-procedural side effects
- You can go back to your normal routine with 24-48 hours after treatment
- Reduced risk for bleeding or infection
- Almost immediate relief and relief that can last up to two years
Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has three locations in Fredericksburg, VA, Stafford, VA, and in Spotsylvania, VA, making it easy to get balloon sinuplasty, allergy testing, hearing screenings and more. To limit the spread of COVID-19, we are offering our patients the option of telemedicine visits. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and if it’s right for you please call us at (540) 371-1226 to schedule a consultation.
Sun damage, aging, and other factors can leave us with skin that is not as radiant as we would like. One method for rejuvenating the skin on your face is skin resurfacing. Several skin resurfacing options exist, but some are harsh and can leave skin red, raw, or burned for a few weeks following treatment. Laser HydraFacial is a non-invasive method for gently rejuvenating skin without the unwanted side effects. At Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, VA, we offer Laser HydraFacial treatments for facial rejuvenation.
Laser HydraFacial is a facial rejuvenation option for resurfacing skin and addressing various issues, such as hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, and enlarged pores. Laser HydraFacial can leave your skin looking clear, radiant, and completely rejuvenated. The skin resurfacing procedure is performed in a gentle and non-invasive manner that does not irritate the skin so there is little to no recovery time. Additionally, results are visible immediately after treatment so you can enjoy a glowing complexion instantly.
At our center in Fredericksburg, Laser HydraFacials are performed in several steps, beginning with cleansing and exfoliation and concluding with hydration. The four steps to facial rejuvenation with Laser HydraFacial include:
Step 1: Cleansing and Exfoliation
A specialized tool is used to open up pores and exfoliate the outer layer of skin, which removes dead skin cells. Once these old skin cells are out of the way, a fresh new layer of healthy, radiant skin will be revealed.
Step 2: Acid Peel
A gentle chemical peel of both glycolic and salicylic acids is applied to the skin, which helps resurface it. This peel only produces a slight tingle and is much gentler than other types of chemical peels that are associated with a strong stinging sensation.
Step 3: Extractions
A suctioning tool is used to clean out the pores by gently removing debris and other impurities that can clog pores and cause acne.
Step 4: Hydration
A serum infused with a blend of collagen, antioxidants, and peptides is applied to the skin, leaving it firmer and more hydrated.
If you are ready to rejuvenate your facial skin the gentle and non-invasive way, you will love Laser HydraFacial. At our office in Fredericksburg, VA, we can help you decide if HydraFacial is the right option for you. To schedule an appointment at any of our office locations in Fredericksburg, Stafford, or Spotsylvania, call the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center at (540) 371-1226.
How your ENT specialists in Fredericksburg, VA, can help you hear better
Are you missing out on conversations around you? Do you have to turn up the television to hear what is going on? If this sounds like you, it’s possible you are experiencing the early signs of hearing loss. Fortunately, the ENT specialists here at Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center can help. We have several convenient office locations in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, where we offer a wide range of ENT services including hearing tests and hearing aids to help you hear better and enjoy your life more.
So how do you know if you might have hearing loss? There are some early signs and symptoms to pay attention to, including:
- Difficulty picking out speech from background noise
- Hearing only muffled speech and sounds
- Needing people to speak more loudly or slowly
- Difficulty distinguishing consonants within words
- Avoiding social situations and conversations because of hearing problems
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should schedule a hearing screening. It’s the first step in diagnosing hearing loss. You should have a hearing screening every 10 years until you reach age 50, and every 3 years after that.
A hearing screening helps your doctor determine your degree of hearing loss. If you are having hearing difficulties, your doctor can suggest several discreet and effective hearing aids to help you hear better.
Concerned? Give us a call
Don’t miss out on the sounds of your life. To learn more about hearing loss, hearing screening, and types of hearing aids available, call the ENT specialists here at Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, at (540) 371-1226. Call now!
Would you like healthy, glowing facial skin? Here at Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, we offer the perfect blend of medical technology and a fabulous aesthetic treatment—it's called a HydraFacial. A fast and comfortable service, read on to learn how this treatment beautifully rejuvenates skin and leaves you feeling great!
The details on HydraFacial
As we age, both time and environment factors take their toll on our skin. Deep pores, sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, and spots all change how we look and feel about ourselves.
Fortunately, here at our offices in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, our wonderful aesthetician, Summer Byrne, performs patented HydraFacials right in our treatment rooms. This comfortable, one-hour process detoxifies, rejuvenates, and protects facial skin without the time, cost, and complexities of other aesthetic procedures.
Here's how HydraFacial works
As you relax in our treatment chair, your aesthetician will cleanse your face and apply a mild solution to exfoliate your face. When this is complete, she uses a special extractor to remove the dirt, oils, skin cells, make-up, and any other residues from your forehead, cheeks, chin, and more.
Finally, she applies a deeply moisturizing solution to seal and protect your face, leaving it smoother, brighter, and tighter than before. You'll look and feel so much younger, and people will notice!
After your HydraFacial, you may see a slight redness on the treated areas. However, this resolves rapidly, leaving you to enjoy long-lasting results. Your aesthetician may recommend follow-up treatments as needed.
Allure reports that HydraFacials are extremely popular across the United States. In fact, one HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds!
Science and beauty meet
That's what happens with an amazing HydraFacial from Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center. Learn more by coming in for a consultation at one of our three locations: Spotsvylvania Avenue or Fall Hill Avenue in Fredericksburg or Choptank Road in Stafford. Each office can be reached at (540) 371-1226.
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