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By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
June 18, 2018
Category: Hearing
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Are you having difficulty hearing? Are you experiencing hearing loss?hearing aids

The reasons behind hearing loss vary and affect people of all ages. Your Spartanburg and Greer, SC, doctors can evaluate the type of hearing loss you're suffering from: sudden or gradual, in one ear or both, and if it's temporary or permanent. They'll also provide you with proper hearing aids.

Treatments and Evaluations:

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations: A time for questions and discussion of expectations.
  • Hearing Aid Fittings: A time to orient to new hearing aid(s).
  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations, such as tinnitus evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Checks: These are usually scheduled every six months.

Hearing Aids in Spartanburg and Greer, SC

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal is to create an overall better quality of life, especially when you're in a noisy place.

The hearing aids accomplish this amplification by:

  • Making speech more intelligible
  • Preserving nerve networks in the brain
  • Making communication less tiring

Types of Hearing Aids:

There is a variety of hearing aids that are rechargeable, have android and i-phone compatibility, automated programming to ease use, discreet, remote programming and suitable for patients with an active, casual or quiet lifestyle.

Here are a few:

  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid held that sits behind the ear.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.
  • Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
  • Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.

It's difficult to deal with hearing loss, but you don't have to be alone. The doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn more about the different hearing aids, call (864) 582-2900 for the Spartanburg, SC, office or (864) 699-6970 for the Greer office.

By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
March 20, 2018
Category: General
Tags: Allergy  

Would you like to reduce your unpleasant allergy symptoms? The Spartanburg and Greer, SC, allergy doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT allergiesshare a few tips that will help you keep itchy eyes, sneezing and other symptoms under control.

Determine the cause of your allergy

Your allergy symptoms occur because your body overreacts to the presence of harmless substances that it mistakenly decides are dangerous. Common allergens include foods, dust, insect stings, mold, dust mites, pollen, grasses, and animal dander. It's difficult to avoid allergens if you don't know which ones cause your symptoms. An allergy test, conducted in our Spartanburg or Greer office, offers a simple way to identify all of your allergens.

Reduce your exposure to allergens

Once you know your allergy triggers, these steps will help reduce your allergen exposure:

  • Use a HEPA filter or air conditioner. High energy particulate air filters and air conditioners remove allergens from the air, reducing allergy flare-ups.
  • Take steps to reduce mold. Use fans to reduce mold in bathrooms and fix roof or basement leaks promptly. If you have mold in your home, don't clean it up yourself.
  • Buy pillow covers and mattress pads. Zippered allergy-proof pillow covers and mattress pads reduce your exposure to dust mites.
  • Consult the allergy forecast. Most weather websites provide information on current levels of the most common allergens, including mold, grass and pollen. If you notice that the level of one of your allergens is particularly high, you may want to limit the amount of time you spend outdoors.

Visit an allergy doctor

Otolaryngologists, also known as allergy doctors, can help you manage your symptoms. Depending on the type and severity of your allergy, you may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription decongestants or antihistamines, oral or injectable immunotherapy, nasal sprays, or eye drops.

Find relief for your symptoms with a visit to the allergy doctor. Schedule an appointment with the otolaryngologists at Spartanburg & Greer ENT by calling (864) 582-2900 for the Spartanburg, SC, office or (864) 699-6970 for the Greer office.

By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
January 02, 2018
Category: General
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss affects about 15 percent of American adults and school-aged children according to the Hearing Loss Association of America hearing lossand the National Institutes of Health. Many people ignore hearing loss, and unfortunately, it often progresses causing serious issues when they are seniors. Here are a few of the possible causes of hearing loss and advice for how a Greer and Spartanburg, SC ENT can help you restore your hearing.

Exposure to Loud Noises
Many people report hearing loss after going places where there is loud music or fireworks. That includes concerts, parties, and Independence Day festivities. The loud sounds can do damage to the inner parts of the ear, especially when in close proximity to a speaker. Listening to loud music while using earphones can also be a problem. In some cases, the hearing loss can be temporary and go away on its own. But if it is prolonged or a ringing sound in the ears persists, you should see a Greer and Spartanburg, SC ENT for a checkup.

Ear Infections or Waxy Buildup
An ear infection is a condition that is common in children and also in people who swim often. Sometimes an untreated ear infection can cause hearing loss. In other cases, there may be water trapped inside of the ear or a build-up of ear wax in the ear canal that is making it difficult to hear. Some patients have growths inside of the ear that aren’t visible to the naked eye but are affecting their ability to hear clearly.

Aging or Genetics
The loss of hearing ability is common in senior citizens because of the aging process. Parts of the inner ear, including the nerves and cochlea, can become damaged over time. Hearing loss can also be a birth defect. The National Institutes of Health estimate that about two or three children out of 1,000 are born with a hearing problem. 

Treating Hearing Loss
There are ways that a Greer and Spartanburg, SC ENT doctor can treat you for hearing loss, no matter the cause. Early intervention is best. Call 864-582-2900 for Spartanburg or 864-699-6970 for Greer, SC.

By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
August 30, 2017
Category: General
Tags: Ear Infection  

Ear infections are common in children, but adults are not immune. Bacteria is a common culprit, but the symptoms will depend on the part ear infectionof the ear that is affected by the infection (outer, middle, or inner ear). The ear, nose and throat specialists at Spartanburg & Greer ENT in Spartanburg & Greer, SC advise parents to monitor a child's symptoms. Many pediatric ear infections often clear up on their own within a few days but should be examined by a doctor if there additional symptoms like difficulty hearing, fever, or discharge from the ear. Adults are advised to seek prompt treatment for symptoms of an ear infection to rule other problems.

Ear Infection Diagnosis and Treatment in Spartanburg, SC

An earache is the most common symptom of an infection. Other symptoms vary depending on the part of the ear in which the infection is located:

Outer ear infection (otitis externa) symptoms include:

  • Itchy rash
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Swelling

Middle ear infection (otitis media) symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Fluid buildup with potential draining
  • Fever
  • Temporarily muddled hearing

Inner ear infection symptoms include:

  • Pain and inflammation
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness

Colds and respiratory conditions can often trigger middle ear infections, especially in children who are more susceptible to clogging and fluid buildup in the eustachian tubes (children's eustachian tubes are smaller than adults). Inner ear infections can be caused by inflammation or an underlying health condition.

Also known as swimmer's ear, outer ear infections develop when moisture or damage to the outer ear causes bacteria buildup. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics and cleaning out the ear.

If the symptoms do not clear up on their own within a few days or are accompanied by a fever, seek treatment right away.

Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Spartanburg, SC

In addition to being incredibly painful, ear infections can potentially damage your hearing if left untreated. For more information on the symptoms and treatment options for ear infections, contact Spartanburg & Greer ENT to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors by calling 864-582-2900 for Spartanburg or 864-699-6970 for Greer, SC.

By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
June 14, 2017
Category: General
Tags: Sleep Disorders  

What's preventing you from getting a good night's sleep? Do you wake up frequently and suddenly during the night? Is daytime fatigue sleep apneaand foggy thinking occurring more often? These symptoms and others could signal one of the most common sleep disorders--sleep apnea. Often life threatening, sleep apnea may be successfully treated by the caring ear, nose and throat physicians at Spartanburg & Greer, SC, ENT.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition affecting approximately 18 million adults in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While this sleep disorder tends to happen with overweight males over the age of 40, sleep apnea appears across the population--even in children.

Its main symptom is exceptionally loud and persistent snoring. Additionally, patients with sleep apnea experience:

  • Repeated periods of breathing cessation (apnea) lasting 10 seconds or more
  • Startled awakening
  • Gasping for air
  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased libido
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Fatigue and drowsiness

Most people with sleep apnea have OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway. Others suffer from CSA, or Central Sleep Apnea, in which the brain does not tell the respiratory system to keep breathing. Some individuals have a combination of the two kinds.

Unfortunately, this sleep disorder contributes to systemic health issues, too, such as diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. In short, sleep apnea must be diagnosed and treated.

How Spartanburg & Greer ENT can help

Drs. Foster, Butehorn, Weir, and Steiniger see many patients with a variety of sleep disorders in their office, including sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. To pinpoint why an individual is experiencing sleep difficulties,
the physician may recommend an in-office or at-home sleep study.

For instance, a polysomnogram measures the individual's vital signs, body movements, and oxygen levels while he or she sleeps. This test gives the doctor valuable information to understand the sleep problem.

With a diagnosis in hand, the doctor may prescribe one or more treatment modalities. For sleep apnea, the two most common treatments are:

  • CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure This bedside apparatus delivers a steady stream of oxygen through a facial mask. The airflow keeps the throat open, stopping snoring and sleep apnea.
  • Oral appliance therapy Worn nightly, a customized mouth guard puts the tongue and jaw in more forward positions, opening the airway so oxygen moves freely.

Some patients benefit from a combination of CPAP and an oral appliance. Additionally, the highly skilled doctors at Spartanburg & Geer ENT can use lifestyle modifications (such as weight loss) and some specialized surgeries to modify the soft tissues of the mouth and throat to keep the airway open.

Is your sleep disturbed?

Whether you are snoring, experiencing insomnia, have restless legs or other sleep problems, please contact Spartanburg & Geer, SC, ENT for a personal consultation. They'll help you achieve a good night's sleep and better overall well-being.

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