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Taming Tinnitus

Taming Tinnitus

Ringing, buzzing, roaring, crickets, hissing, static, pulsing, screeching, ocean waves, sizzling, cicadas, dial tones, whooshing……  Tinnitus can be described as many sounds. Many annoying sounds.   And for those afflicted with this unwelcome...

Nasal Foreign Bodies

Nasal Foreign Bodies

Nasal foreign bodies are usually encountered in children. However, occasionally they may occur in adults with mental retardation or psychiatric illness. Foreign bodies may be inorganic material such as plastic or metal. Examples include small parts of toys or even...

Hoarseness

Hoarseness

Two bands of muscles constitute the vocal cords. They vibrate to create sound arising from the larynx. Hoarseness can arise from various etiologies. Excessive voice abuse such as talking too much, screaming, or repeated throat clearing can create irritant laryngitis...

Dizziness and Vertigo

Dizziness and Vertigo

Dizziness and vertigo are common symptoms reported during office visits. They can result from an inner ear peripheral vestibular disorder or a central vestibular disorder involving the brain. It is important to differentiate the between them so as to make an accurate...

Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden Hearing Loss

The incidence of sudden sensorineural hearing loss is 1 per 5000 every year. This refers to nerve damage versus an ear infection with middle ear fluid. It is likely to strike adults in their 40s and 50s, although we have seen it in much younger and older individuals....

Dizziness and Benign Positional Vertigo

Dizziness and Benign Positional Vertigo

Benign positional vertigo refers to small displaced crystals of calcium carbonate which called otoconia, otoliths, or canaliths. These crystals are typically attached to the otolithic membrane within the utricle of the inner ear. Sometimes due to trauma or aging, the...

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease refers to a condition typically manifested by severe dizziness with vertigo, roaring or ringing tinnitus, fluctuating hearing loss, and a sense of ear pressure or fullness that is sometimes painful. Meniere’s can occur bilaterally in 25% of patients....

The Pregnant Tourist

The Pregnant Tourist

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and I was in the mood to do some gourmet cooking. Somehow, it makes me relax and feel like I am in the kitchen with my Mom who cooks delicious meals. Alas, she never taught me how to cook, always telling me to go study...

The Abscess That Wasn’t

The Abscess That Wasn’t

It was blistery cold outside, and the strong winds shattered against our windows. Yes it was winter, and fairly close to Christmas. The office was lit up with decorations in anticipation for the holiday season, and my staff worked like little elves trying to get...

The Wonderful Cakes

The Wonderful Cakes

“John” suffered from recurrent sinus infections for years. We discussed surgery on multiple occasions, and eventually decided to proceed. Surgery confirmed severe disease, and the sinuses were carefully and thoroughly cleaned. After months of regular follow up and...

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

The bedroom door slammed shut! I sighed and walked away. It was yet another argument with my teenage daughter. Don’t get me wrong. She is a wonderful girl and an excellent student. However, she longed for a dog and we had been “discussing” this issue for over a year....