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Mark Nichols, MD

Mark Lynn Nichols, M.D., received his Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Pharmacy in 1983, prior to his entering the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine with Highest Honors. Following his Internship in General Surgery, and Residency in Otolaryngology at UTMB, Dr. Nichols did a Fellowship in Otology-Neurology at the Ear Research Foundation, in Sarasota, Florida. He is a member of several professional associations, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology.
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Hearing Loss and Dementia (Alzheimer's)

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Mark Nichols, MD
May 16, 2019
June 28, 2019 10:34 PM

  As you age, hearing loss and dementia become more common. Research shows this isn't just a coincidence. There is a strong connection between hearing loss and dementia, Alzheimer's and other dementias.… Read More

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

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Mark Nichols, MD
February 01, 2019
October 16, 2019 09:27 PM
bppv, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

  View Video   Have you ever felt like your head was spinning, even though obviously it isn't? Perhaps you feel light-headed or that your balance is off. If you're experiencing any of these, you could potentially be dealing with a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).… Read More

What is Conductive Hearing Loss? (Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

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Mark Nichols, MD
January 17, 2019
June 28, 2019 10:26 PM
conductive hearing loss

  What is conductive hearing loss? The best conductive hearing loss definition would be: It's a form of hearing loss that middle or outer ear irregularities cause. Conductive hearing loss often causes sound volumes to seem lower and this type of hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. It shares similar characteristics of a clogged ear.… Read More

Audiologists and Balance Disorders: Fall Risks and Prevention

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Mark Nichols, MD
May 31, 2018
August 21, 2019 07:04 PM
audiologist, balance disorders

  Week four in May (May 20-26) of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) focused on increasing awareness of older Americans and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 25 percent of people, aged 65 or older, fall each year. By the age of 80, that number increases to 50 percent. Unfortunately, only half those who fall inform their physicians. What you may not know, though, is that falling once in a year doubles your risks of falling again.… Read More

What Is Auditory Processing Disorder? ( Symptoms and Treatments)

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Mark Nichols, MD
May 03, 2018
June 28, 2019 10:32 PM
hearing problems, auditory processing disorder

  Auditory processing disorder (APD) or what doctors also refer to as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a type of hearing issue that affects children during their school-age years. It also affects adults. According to a study published in the Journal of Otology, there's a two to five percent prevalence rate of auditory processing disorder in school-aged kids — 23 to 76 percent in older adults.… Read More

What Is Hyperacusis? (Definition, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options)

By:
Mark Nichols, MD
April 19, 2018
June 28, 2019 10:33 PM
hearing problems

  If you have hyperacusis, it's important you understand the condition, its symptoms and causes as well as how it's treated.   Hyperacusis Definition So, what is hyperacusis? It’s a condition occuring from an issue with how the central auditory processing center of your brain perceives noise. Hyperacusis usually results in discomfort and pain. Those with the condition find tolerating sounds difficult, while others find these sounds normal. Some examples would be:… Read More

What is Vertigo? (Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments)

By:
Mark Nichols, MD
April 03, 2018
August 23, 2019 04:13 PM

  People who suffer from vertigo may experience sensations that the world is rocking, rotating and spinning around them — even when they are standing perfectly still. It’s like experiencing seasickness on dry land.… Read More

What are the Different Types (Styles) of Hearing Aids?

By:
Mark Nichols, MD
August 22, 2017
June 28, 2019 10:36 PM
hearing aids

Hearing aids are tiny electronic devices you wear behind or in your ear. People with hearing loss are able to listen better because the aids make some sounds louder and/or clearer. If you have hearing loss, a hearing aid can make it easier for you to communicate and participate better in your daily activities.… Read More

What is a Light Driven Hearing Aid? (Reasons, Uses, and Benefits)

By:
Mark Nichols, MD
August 16, 2017
June 28, 2019 10:38 PM
hearing aids

  Hearing aids are an extraordinary advancement that has enhanced the lives of many people. Being able to hear sound and interpret it into meaning is a complex process that instantly occurs. You do it all day, both on purpose and without realizing it. However, you may take “hearing” for granted, until you realize you have a hearing problem through your own realization or through a hearing test.… Read More

What is an Audiologist? (Reasons and Indications)

By:
Mark Nichols, MD
July 31, 2017
June 28, 2019 10:45 PM
hearing loss, audiologist

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