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By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
August 27, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aid  

There are many common causes of hearing loss. Some include but are not limited to - health conditions, age, injury, and excessive noise. Hearing-AidHearing loss can take a damaging effect on your relationships, job focus, and most of all, emotional well-being. At the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg, VA, we can offer hearing aids to you depending on your level of loss, and customize features based on your personal needs.

 

Signs of Hearing Loss

  • You think the volume on the radio or TV is standard, but others are telling you it's too loud.
  • If you have trouble following a conversation in large crowds, you may be in the early stage of hearing loss.
  • You often ask people to repeat themselves.

Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your life. If you experience any of the symptoms above, visit the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center as soon as possible. We have several different styles and varieties of hearing aids available to treat your symptoms.

 

How Do Hearingvs Work?

A hearing aid is a battery-powered, electronic device that is small enough to fit around your ear or both ears. Designed to improve the quality of hearing, they make some sounds louder and can help you hear better when it's quiet or noisy.

 

What Styles of Hearing Aids are Available?

If you are struggling to hear sounds clearly, we offer at least six different hearing aid methods such as,

  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid within a case that fits behind the ear.
  • In-the-ear: is a hearing aid held within a case covering the outer portion of the ear.
  • In-the-canal: fits fully or partially into the ear canal for less visibility.
  • Receiver-in-canal: the speaker sits inside the ear canal, and an electrical wire is used to minimize distortion.
  • Extended wear: we place these inside the ear canal, and they can be worn for months at a time.

If you fear your hearing is fading, schedule a consultation at the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA. We will test your hearing and suggest hearing aids that fit your necessities, lifestyle, and budget. For questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment, please call (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
June 25, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinusitis  

SinusitisThere are so many irritating symptoms when it comes to allergies—itchy watery eyes, continuous sneezing, and a general mental fog are just some of the issues that face allergies patients. Allergies aren't just seasonal either, for some people suffer from allergies all year long.

As if these issues weren't enough, allergies can sometimes also cause chronic sinusitis, an incredibly uncomfortable condition that is caused by an inflammation of the sinuses. Fortunately, here at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center (with two locations in Fredericksburg, and one in Stafford, VA), our team of ENT physicians can administer a Sinuplasty to alleviate your sinusitis issues.

More about sinuplasty treatment

About 28 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis today. If you are one of them and are tired of dealing with the inflamed and swollen sinuses associated with the condition, a sinuplasty can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms for at least two months. A sinus surgery in which your surgeons use balloons to expand sinus openings, a sinuplasty is similar to an angioplasty, in which a balloon is used to open blocked blood vessels.

During treatment, your doctor in Stafford or Fredericksburg uses a saline solution to remove mucus build up and provide symptom relief. Performed after the administration of local anesthetic for a pain-free experience, sinuplasty provides a host of procedural advantageous as compared to conventional sinus surgery, including:

  • Less trauma to surrounding tissue
  • Preservation of the natural sinus openings
  • Less recovery time

Seeking relief from sinusitis? Give us a call

If you are interested in learning more about sinuplasty treatment, call one of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center's multiple locations in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, today, by dialing (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
May 31, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aid  

When it comes to choosing the ideal hearing aid, you certainly have options to consider.

Thanks to all the amazing advancements in hearing technology, there are even more hearing aid options now from which to choose. Of course, if this is your first time getting a hearing aid then the choices may seem daunting. This is where our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT and Hearing Aidsaudiology team can step in and help you make the best decision for how to treat your hearing loss.

Here are some of the most commonly used and most popular hearing aid styles:

Completely in the canal (CIC): As the name suggests, this small hearing aid is placed within the ear canal, which makes them hidden and discreet. For many of our patients, having a hearing aid that others won’t notice is key. Of course, since the device is small, those with dexterity issues may have trouble changing the batteries. This hearing aid style can be used in those with minor to moderate hearing loss.

In the Ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are custom-fitted to sit inside the ear, so they are also less visible. This type of hearing aid may offer more features such as volume control than smaller hearing aid styles, which also makes them easier to handle and maintain (this is particularly important for patients dealing with arthritis and other dexterity issues). ITE hearing aids are also suitable for people dealing with mild to severe hearing loss.

Behind the Ear (BTE): Again, the name alone tells you that part of your hearing aid will rest behind the ear. In order to hear, a clear thin tube is attached to the device and inserted into the ear. Since the device is larger than the styles above, it can be easier to handle and clean. Also, BTE hearing aids aren’t custom-fitted so you can wear your hearing aid home in the very same day as your fitting with our Fredericksburg, VA, audiologist. BTE hearing aids are a great option for patients of all ages dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss.

Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has two offices in Fredericksburg, VA, and an office in Stafford, VA. If you are interested in getting a hearing aid, or if you are having trouble hearing those around you and you want to undergo a hearing evaluation, call our office today to make an appointment.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
February 14, 2019
Category: Surgeries
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Find out how to finally alleviate your chronic sinusitis symptoms.

When we think of a sinus infection we often think of them as a minor nuisance that goes away on its own. But what if your symptoms don’t Balloon Sinuplastyseem to go away? If you’ve had symptoms of sinusitis for 12 weeks or more then you could be dealing with a chronic infection. Chronic sinusitis will warrant a trip to our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists just to confirm that this is what’s causing your congested, stuffy or blocked nose.

The first line of defense against chronic sinusitis is to treat it with medications or simple at-home remedies like nasal washes and saline solutions. Of course, if these at-home measures aren’t providing you with relief then our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty.

 

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This minimally invasive procedure is a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery. During this procedure, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor will guide an endoscope, a thin flexible tube, through the blocked nasal cavity. At the end of this endoscope is a deflated balloon.

Once the endoscope is fully within the blocked passageway, we will slowly fill the balloon with air. As you might imagine, the balloon will continue to expand until it slowly opens up the blockage, allowing the sinuses to properly drain. Once the procedure is complete, the endoscope is removed but the nasal passages will remain open. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.

 

What are the benefits of this procedure?

The biggest benefit is that this procedure finally drains the sinuses and removes the blockage, making it easier to breathe again. It should also reduce or eliminate any facial pressure or pain you’ve been experiencing because of chronic sinusitis. This procedure is ideal for someone who hasn’t responded to medications or other treatment options.

Another benefit of balloon sinuplasty is that it’s a lot less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Traditional surgery often requires incisions and/or the removal of tissue and (sometimes) bone. This also means that the patient will have a longer recovery period. Luckily this all changes with balloon sinuplasty.

First of all, there are absolutely no incisions or tissue and bone removal, which means that your recovery period will be significantly shorter. Most patients return to work just two days after their procedure. Secondly, side effects such as post-procedural bleeding or swelling are quite minimal compared to traditional surgery.

 

Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive ENT care in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA. If you are dealing with chronic nasal congestion or a nasal blockage then it’s time to find out how we can help you get the relief you deserve.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
February 07, 2019
Category: Hearing
Tags: Hearing Aids   Hearing Loss  

Having trouble hearing those around you? A hearing aid could help.

Hearing AidWhile it might seem obvious enough to know when you require a hearing aid, you might be surprised to learn that hearing loss is often subtle enough and gradual that sometimes people don’t realize they are dealing with hearing loss until much later in life. Our team of ENT Physicians and Audiologists in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, is here to share classic signs that it might be time to have your hearing evaluated, as well as who might benefit from wearing a hearing aid.

How much does your hearing affect your daily routine?

You might not be aware of this on a day-to-day basis but asking yourself these questions may help you figure out whether you are dealing with some degree of hearing loss and whether you should schedule a hearing test in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA:

Q. Do you find that people often mumble around you?

Q. Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often?

Q. Is it difficult to understand people on TV or on the radio unless you turn up the volume?

Q. Is it difficult to understand what people are saying in noisy environments such as restaurants?

Q. Do you feel like your hearing affects your personal or social life?

Q. Do you find yourself avoiding social gatherings or withdrawing from conversations?

If you said “yes” or even “sometimes” to the majority of these questions then it’s time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. The sooner you receive a proper diagnosis the sooner we can help you to begin understanding those around you more clearly. Of course, since it takes time for your ears to adjust to a hearing aid, the sooner you begin wearing a hearing aid after experiencing hearing loss the sooner your ears will adapt.

Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?

This is a commonly asked question and it’s important that you understand that a hearing aid will not be able to restore your hearing; however, what a hearing aid does do is amplify certain sounds to make it easier for you to understand what people are saying, particularly in loud or noisy settings. While it won’t be able to correct your hearing it can significantly improve your ability to hear those around you to improve your quality of life.

If you are experiencing hearing problems and have yet to have the issue checked out then it’s time to call Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg for an evaluation. We offer two offices in Fredericksburg and one office Stafford, VA.





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