Houston ENT and Allergy Blog

What is Otosclerosis? (Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

By:
inboundMed
February 05, 2019
March 11, 2019 08:42 PM
hearing loss, otosclerosis

Otosclerosis is a condition that can lead to hearing loss. It occurs when your small bone in the middle ear (stapes) becomes stuck in place. Frequently, this occurs when your middle ear bone tissue grows around your stapes in a manner it shouldn't. Your stapes bone needs to vibrate in order for you to hear properly. When it doesn't, sound can't travel to your inner ear from your middle ear, and it makes it difficult for you to hear.… Read More

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

By:
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)

By:
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

What are Nasal Polyps? (Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

By:
inboundMed
January 02, 2019
January 2, 2019 08:29 PM
nasal polyps

  Nasal polyps affect about four percent of the population, according to the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCIB).  It’s estimated that they are up to four times more common in men than women. “How do I get nasal polyps?” That is probably the first question on the mind of everyone diagnosed with this medical condition. Unfortunately, there aren’t any clear answer for why some people get nasal polyps, why others do not, and what exactly it is that causes some people to be more susceptible to them than others.… Read More

Ear Wax Removal: Reasons, Risks, and When to See a Doctor

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
October 10, 2018
June 12, 2019 08:36 PM
ear wax removal

View Video   Earwax, also known as cerumen,  plays an important role in your body. It helps eliminate dirt, debris, hair and dead skin cells from your ear canal. Earwax keeps your ear canal from becoming itchy and uncomfortable and it lowers your risk of infection. It also helps decrease the irritation of water when it gets into your ear canal. While earwax does serve some useful purposes, having too much of it can result in buildup and ear canal blockage. Your body can overproduce earwax leading to this blockage, but also, you can cause the blockage as well by cleaning your ears out with a cotton swab or other item that pushes the earwax further into your ear canal.… Read More

ClariFix: The Runny Nose/Chronic Rhinitis Treatment in Houston

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
September 20, 2018
August 23, 2019 03:50 PM
clarifix, runny nose, chronic rhinitis

  Over 24 million individuals in the U.S. struggle with chronic rhinitis. If you suffer from a persistent stuffy or runny nose, there's a good chance you could have chronic rhinitis. Treatments like pills, drops and sprays might not provide you with the desired relief you're looking for.  Fortunately, you have another option now in ClariFix ®. At Houston ENT & Allergy Services, our physicians can help you get relief from your constant runny nose  and breathe better — once and for all. We are dedicated to providing the most technically-advanced treatment options. ClariFix® is the breakthrough, innovative cooling technology to treat frequent stuffy or runny nose, a condition called chronic rhinitis.  Our ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctors perform this procedure right in our clinic offices. It has little downtime and is extremely effective.… Read More

Runny Nose (Chronic Rhinitis): Definition, Symptoms, and Causes

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
September 18, 2018
January 14, 2020 12:57 AM
runny nose, chronic rhinitis

  Despite all your efforts like blowing your nose or using nostril spray, your nose won't stop dripping and it's becoming red, raw and more tender by the minute. What can you do? The first thing you can do is to learn more about what a runny (dripping) nose is, what some of the common causes of it are and it's symptoms. Then, you can sit down with one of our Houston ENT doctors and discuss treatment options.… Read More

Swollen Ear Canal: Common Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

By:
Tara Morrison, MD
August 23, 2018
September 9, 2019 07:34 PM
swollen ear canal, ear aches

  An ear infection is often a viral or bacterial infection affecting your middle ear. This is the air-filled area behind your eardrum containing the very small vibrating bones of your ear. Kids tend to get ear infections more than adults. Ear infections are also usually painful due to the buildup of fluids and inflammation in the middle ear. The accumulation of fluid inside your ear canal can damage your ear canal's protective layer. This is known as swollen ear canal and is a condition of the ear associated with redness and inflammation inside the canal. Lipid makes up the protective layer.… Read More

Care Credit and Houston ENT: How Does it Work?

By:
Chuck Leider
August 02, 2018
August 2, 2018 02:15 PM
carecredit, credit card

  Whether you’re purchasing hearing aids in Houston or need assistance managing certain ear, nose, and throat procedures with high deductibles, CareCredit and Houston ENT and Allergy go hand-in-hand.… Read More

Balloon Sinuplasty Cost and Insurance Coverage in Houston

By:
Chuck Leider
July 24, 2018
September 24, 2019 08:00 PM
balloon sinuplasty

  You're struggling with sinus problems and your doctor examined you and gave you a diagnosis of sinusitis, which you’ve learned is sinus lining inflammation. The doctor prescribes you medication after your symptoms weren't responding to over-the-counter medications. However, even the prescription medication isn't providing you with enough relief and you're still experiencing congestion all day and throughout the night to the point that you’re now suffering from chronic sinusitis.… Read More

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