Ear, nose, throat

Ear, nose, throat Articles

Sniffing out sinus relief

Chronic sinusitis strikes when inflammation leads to swelling within the lining of the sinuses. This can interfere with normal drainage, cause mucus buildup, and make it hard to breathe through the nose. Over-the-counter treatments and home remedies can often control the problem, although surgery is sometimes needed for severe cases. (Locked) More »

Is it normal to lose my sense of smell as I age?

Some loss of the sensitivity to smells is normal as people get older, but there may be another explanation. The most common causes of loss of smell are nasal problems, which can be detected by a routine examination. (Locked) More »

Is vertigo caused by a magnesium deficiency?

There is little evidence that vertigo is due to magnesium deficiency or prevented by magnesium supplementation. However, there is some evidence linking low vitamin D levels with vertigo and suggesting that vitamin D supplementation may be helpful. (Locked) More »

Make your voice heard!

Aging changes the voice, typically because the vocal cords thin out, the lungs don’t work as well as they used to, and cartilage in the larynx hardens. What’s not normal is when voice changes are so dramatic they interfere with the ability to communicate. These changes may reflect such causes as neck or chest surgery, smoking, or silent acid reflux. But almost all voice disorders are treatable. Treatment usually involves addressing underlying conditions and a course of voice therapy with a speech therapist. (Locked) More »

What to do for earwax

Keep objects out of the ear. The ear’s natural mechanisms usually minimize wax accumulation. Impacted wax, which is more common in older people and those who wear hearing aids, should be medically removed. More »

Easier access to hearing aids

The FDA announced in December 2016 that it would no longer enforce the requirement that adults receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver prior to purchasing most hearing aids. More »

What is holding you back from better hearing?

People avoid hearings test for many reasons, such as believing that hearing aids are for old people, or that problems are the result of other people mumbling. Understanding the realities of such concerns can help people make better decisions about whether to seek help. For example, someone who believes that hearing aids are ugly may not realize that today’s hearing aids are smaller than those of the past and that the devices are available in many different styles, such as in-the-ear and over-the-ear. (Locked) More »

The secret to an easier allergy season

Pretreating allergies before the season starts will lead to better control of symptoms and may prevent symptoms from showing up. This is partly because some drugs, such as corticosteroid nasal sprays, take a few weeks to become fully effective. It’s also because the reaction to even a few allergens has a snowball effect. Only certain allergy medications should be used in advance, including corticosteroid nasal sprays and antihistamines. But antihistamines can sometimes cause drowsiness, which can lead to falls, so they are not recommended for older adults. More »

What causes a cough after a cold?

A persistent cough that remains after an infection has been treated can last for a month or two. There are several treatments that may offer relief, such as antihistamines or a bronchodilator inhaler.  More »