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Hard of Hearing Causes and Treatment Options

Mark Nichols, MD
July 07, 2017
June 28, 2019 10:27 PM
hearing aids, hearing implants, hearing loss, hard of hearing

The term hard of hearing or HoH refers to someone who is unable to hear well. When you’re hard of hearing, life can be difficult. You don’t look as though you have a disability. Therefore, it can often be difficult for people you meet to understand that you're not the same as them.… Read More

What is Tinnitus? (Definition, Causes, and Treatment)

Chuck Leider
July 04, 2017
December 13, 2017 11:13 AM
hearing loss, tinnitus

  There are many people that experience tinnitus. In the United States alone, there are over 45 million people struggling with tinnitus and this makes it among the most common health conditions in the U.S. Although anyone can develop this condition, there's a higher risk of exposure to some populations due to age, recreational activities, and occupational hazards.… Read More

What is Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)? (Causes and Effects)

Chuck Leider
June 27, 2017
June 27, 2017 01:15 PM
hearing aids, hearing loss

It’s perfectly natural to hear all manner of sounds in your normal living environment each and every day. For example, you hear sounds from the radio, television, conversations, and traffic during the day and night. What’s not natural is when these sounds are too loud. Even if only heard for a brief time, loud noises can damage delicate components in your ears and can be the cause of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Below, we look at NIHL, its causes, effects, and at what you can do if you think you’ve been affected.… Read More

When should I consider getting a Hearing Aid? (Signs, Reasons, and Indications)

Mark Nichols, MD
June 21, 2017
June 28, 2019 10:29 PM
hearing aids, hearing loss

  It can take a long time between initially noticing an issue with your hearing and actually acting on it. The earlier you take action, the more it helps you. When you can’t hear well, you may become disconnected and isolated, which most likely is frustrating to you and your loved ones.… Read More

Insurance Coverage for Houston ENT Procedures: Copays, Deductibles, and Network Coverage

Chuck Leider
June 13, 2017
June 13, 2017 01:15 PM

  We all know health insurance is important to have, and chances are good that you have coverage. But do you really understand your coverage and what's on your policy? Just as important as it is to have health insurance, it's also important that you understand your coverage, especially with all the changes your insurer makes, such as higher deductibles, for instance. A big concern to many patients when it comes to diagnostic and surgical procedures is whether or not their insurance will cover them. Here at Houston ENT & Allergy clinic, we offer… Read More

Houston Allergy Forecast and the Impact on It's Residents

Patricia Leonard, MD
June 07, 2017
March 13, 2019 07:58 AM
allergy treatment, allergies

Atlanta may top the list for worst allergy cities in the U.S., but Houston made the top 20 for the second year running, according to WebMD. For Houston area residents that means that winter, spring, summer, and fall can be miserable if you’re one of the region’s allergy sufferers.… Read More

The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure: Process, Side Effects, and Recovery

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
June 01, 2017
July 9, 2019 04:36 PM
balloon sinuplasty

  We’ve already covered the indications to have balloon sinuplasty (balloon sinus dilation), and the risks and benefits of the procedure. This information is meant to help you make an informed decision if the procedure is right for you. Now we'll discuss the procedure, side effects, and recovery.… Read More

What is a Balloon Sinuplasty? (Indications, Benefits, and Risks)

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
May 31, 2017
June 20, 2019 10:43 PM
balloon sinuplasty

  If you live in Houston, TX, you’re likely well familiar with allergies. And, allergies, chronic sinusitis (chronic rhinosinusitis) and other related conditions are a prevalent medical problem not only in Houston, but in the entire country.  In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that accounts for nearly two percent of all primary doctor visits and over 37 million people in the U.S. alone are impacted by chronic rhinosinusitis.… Read More

What is Zenker's Diverticulum? (Causes, Signs, and Treatment)

Stanford Shoss, MD
May 25, 2017
July 9, 2019 04:22 PM
zenker's diverticulum

Swallowing is a complicated process that involves a number of nerves and muscles. Each day, the average person swallows approximately 600 times. You probably don't even think of the swallowing process until it becomes difficult to do so (dysphagia) or becomes painful (odynophagia).… Read More

What is a Frenulectomy or Frenectomy? (Reasons and Indications)

Tara Morrison, MD
May 23, 2017
July 16, 2019 09:05 PM

  A frenulectomy (or Frenectomy) is a scary and intimidating sounding word for a common and simple procedure performed to address a number of medical problems, most often in the mouth of children and sometimes adults. Also referred to as a frenectomy or frenotomy, a frenulectomy  is an outpatient surgical procedure where your frenum is clipped or removed.… Read More

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