Discover the reasons why your voice is hoarse and what an ENT doctor can do about it.
While some people may find a raspy voice attractive, a hoarse voice may be rather startling if it’s suddenly appeared out of nowhere. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing hoarseness. Find out the common causes and when you may want to see an ENT doctor for treatment.
There are many reasons why you may be dealing with a hoarse voice. Common causes include,
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Vocal cord polyps or cysts
- Thyroid problems
- Vocal cord trauma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cancer of the throat
But to find out what is really behind your raspy voice you will want to visit an otolaryngologist who will be able to ask you questions about your hoarseness and also perform a physical exam. Sometimes we will use a small, lighted scope that will be able to examine the vocal cords for any issues. If you have been dealing with hoarseness for about 2 to 3 weeks then it’s really important that you seek medical attention, as there could be a serious reason behind your condition.
Treating Your Hoarseness
The treatment plan that you are given will depend on the cause of your symptoms. Some acute infections such as laryngitis will clear up over time on its own, so more conservative at-home measures like using a humidifier can help manage symptoms until the illness goes away.
To prevent further damage or injury to your vocal cords we also recommend resting the voice as much as possible. If you are a smoker we highly advise that you consider quitting.
If allergies or GERD is the reason for your hoarseness they can both be managed with certain medications. Surgery is usually only necessary if there are polyps, cysts, trauma to the vocal cords or the presence of cancer.
If your hoarseness is severe or is concerning you this is more than enough reason to visit an ENT professional who can tell you what’s going on. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call.
Hearing loss is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. Don’t be next!
From going to loud concerts to walking by a construction site, there are many instances in which our ears can take some pretty nasty abuse; however, over time these sounds can take a serious toll on our hearing. And if you work in a rather loud environment, it’s vitally important that you take the necessary precautions you need to protect your hearing for the future. Find out how to protect your ears and whether your workplace warrants protection.
Assess Your Workplace’s Noise Levels
Ask yourself these questions to determine whether you work in a loud environment:
- Do you leave work with ringing in your ears?
- Do you experience temporary hearing loss after leaving your workplace?
- Do you have to shout at coworkers who are close by just to be heard?
If you’ve agreed with most or all of these questions, you are most likely working in an environment in which your ears need protection.
Protecting Your Ears on the Job
Here are some ways to protect your precious hearing from a loud workplace:
- Talk to your ENT doctor about earplugs or muffs that you can wear to protect your hearing. Not all ear protection is created equally, so you’ll want to find ones that are strong and durable enough to provide the ultimate protection.
- Get annual evaluations from your otolaryngologist to make sure that your hearing isn’t being impacted by your workplace. Through these evaluations we can check the health of your ears and provide you with tips for how to better protect your ears.
- Try and operate any noisy machinery on shifts where there are fewer people working.
- Limit an employee’s exposure to certain loud noises and offer noise-free areas that workers can go to get relief.
- Make sure that machinery and equipment is well oiled and maintained. Make sure there is a sound barrier such as a wall that can be used to separate workers from the machinery whenever possible.
- Opt for using low-noise machinery.
- It’s important that if your hearing is being affected that you work with your employer to make sure some of these options are implemented so that you can protect your hearing while on the job.
Hearing is so very important and any ear, nose and throat doctor will agree. If you want to be able to hear crystal clear for many years to come it’s important that you implement specific measures now. Protect your ears and they will serve you well in the future!
Want to look younger? BOTOX is a medicine that is injected into muscles to improve the appearance of crow's feet, wrinkles, and fine lines. Dr. Joshua Goldberg at Ear Nose Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists in Willow Grove, PA, offers Botox wrinkle treatments to his patients. Here are four advantages of BOTOX.
1. BOTOX erases the signs of aging.
BOTOX is an effective means of removing unwanted fine lines and wrinkles and it gives your face a refreshed, vital look. BOTOX injections work by blocking nerves and weakening or paralyzing certain muscles in the body. BOTOX is a minimally invasive treatment that delivers dramatic results.
2. It requires almost no downtime.
BOTOX is easy, fast, and extremely effective with almost no downtime and minimal discomfort. You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately after your BOTOX treatment. Your Willow Grove doctor will give you specific aftercare instructions after your treatment. If at any time during your recovery you have concerns, don't hesitate to contact your doctor.
3. BOTOX treatments are safe.
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4. BOTOX results can be seen quickly.
You may begin to notice the results of your BOTOX treatment within a few days, with results lasting up to 4 months. When it wears off, your wrinkles and fine lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance. You will need a 'top-up' every four months if you want to maintain your new look for longer.
Take your beauty to its full potential. Say yes to BOTOX! Call Ear Nose Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists at 215-659-8805 now to schedule an appointment in Willow Grove, PA. BOTOX has helped millions of people enhance their appearance, boosting their confidence and improving their lives. And it will do the same for you.
Find out how tonsil stones develop and what your treatment options are.
When we think about stones we often think about kidney stones, but this isn’t the only area of the body where these hard and sometimes painful stones can appear. Another area that you may also experience stones is the tonsils, the tissue found in the back of your throat. Find out more about how tonsil stones happen and how an ENT doctor may treat them.
What causes tonsil stones?
It might not seem like it but there are folds and crannies in the tonsils where bacteria, food and dead cells can get trapped. When you eat, small bits of food stick to your tonsils. Bacteria then move in on the tonsils. With this buildup of gunk, at some point it becomes calcified and turns into a hard white lump known as a tonsil stone. Some people may have tonsil stones but not even know it.
Who is at risk for tonsil stones?
Those who tend to get chronic tonsillitis or other infections in the tonsils are more likely to develop tonsil stones. You are also more at risk if you still have your tonsils or adenoids (obviously!). If you are also someone who suffers from post-nasal drip this can also increase your chances of tonsil stones. Cigarettes smokers are also at risk because the smoke lingers on the back of the throat, negatively affecting the overall environment of the tonsils and adenoids.
What are the symptoms of tonsil stones?
Most small stones won’t cause symptoms, but if they are larger you may notice any of these issues:
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
- Problems swallowing
- Tonsil inflammation
- A white lump on the tonsils
How do you treat a tonsil stone?
If the stone is small enough and not causing you any symptoms then our ENT specialist may not recommend needing treatment. Sometimes people can gently and carefully remove these stones at home using a swab. If you are experiencing any inflammation or discomfort you can gargle with salt water several times a day.
For tonsil stones that are very large and cause discomfort, we may recommend that you have them surgically removed. This can easily be performed while under local anesthesia.
Don’t let painful tonsil stones get the better of you, call your local otolaryngologist for the care your mouth needs to get you back on the road to recovery.
When it comes to hearing aids in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, it’s important to understand everything about them to make the most informed choice for your health. Ear Nose Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists specialize in auditory problems and hearing aids are one of the most successful treatment options available.
FAQs about Hearing Aids
Q: I can’t hear well. What treatment options do I have?
A: Visit an auditory specialist from Ear Nose Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists as many hearing issues can be corrected medically. If you have excess earwax, drainage, ear pain, hearing loss in just one ear, dizziness or progressive hearing loss, an ear cleaning and wax removal or hearing aids may be the answer. A screening test may not suffice. A professional must assess your ability to hear different sounds or to understand certain words. The results of this test will determine your level of hearing loss, the type of loss and other helpful information for your medical team.
Q: What different types of hearing aids are there?
A: Hearing aids vary in style, price and features. The behind the ear style goes over the ear and is connected with tubing. The open fit receiver in the ear type is placed over the ear and is very small. The in the ear variation fills the entire bowl of the ear and part of the ear canal. The best hearing aid for you will depend on your hearing loss and listening needs, the size and shape of your ear/canal and other factors. Our professionals can determine the best type for you.
Q: Will I need a hearing aid in each ear?
A: Yes and no. If you have hearing loss in both ears, then yes. However, if your hearing loss stems from loss in one ear, you will only need one device in that ear.
Ultimately, auditory issues are troublesome and our professionals can help treat a variety of patients. To schedule an appointment to discuss hearing aids in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania with one of our ear nose and throat specialists, call 215-659-8805 today.
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