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By Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Audiology
July 13, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Tinnitus  

Could that ringing in your ear be caused by tinnitus? Mount Airy, NC, otolaryngologist Dr. M. Barry Ellis of Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck tinnitusAudiology shares common signs of tinnitus and discusses causes and treatment options.

What types of sounds will I hear if I have Tinnitus?

Although ringing in the ear is the symptom most commonly associated with tinnitus, you may hear other sounds, such as roaring, swooshing, hissing, whistling, buzzing or clicking. Some people even report hearing music that never stops. Most people have subjective tinnitus, the form that occurs when only you can hear the sounds. If you have objective tinnitus, your doctor may also hear the same sounds you do. Objective tinnitus is uncommon and can be caused by problems with your middle ear bones or your blood vessels.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Loud Noises: If you regularly spend hours in a noisy environment, you may be more likely to develop tinnitus. Loud concerts and workplaces aren't the only causes of tinnitus, however. If you enjoy listening to loud music through headphones attached to a smartphone or an iPod, your risk may also increase.
  • Your Age and Sex: Like many conditions, advancing age can be a factor in tinnitus. Your sex also plays a role. If you're male, you are more likely to develop tinnitus.
  • Too Much Earwax: When earwax pushes against your eardrum, ringing may occur.
  • Blood Vessel Conditions: High blood pressure, hardening of the arteries or conditions that cause the arteries and veins in your neck to narrow can cause tinnitus symptoms.
  • Otosclerosis: Tinnitus can occur when the bones in your middle ear become stiff due to otosclerosis.
  • Conditions, Diseases, and Injuries: Certain conditions and diseases, such as Meniere's disease, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or tumors can cause symptoms. If an injury to your head or neck affects nerves involved in hearing, you may also hear the noises.
  • Medications: Medications that can cause the annoying sounds include cancer medications, antidepressants, antibiotics, and diuretics.

How is tinnitus treated?

Tinnitus treatment options depend on the cause. If impacted earwax is the problem, we can remove the excess wax in just a few minutes in our Mount Airy office. Treating high blood pressure or other vascular problems can help decrease sounds caused by blood vessel issues. Trying a new type of medication or using white noise machines or in-ear masking devices can be helpful. Surgery may be needed if the problem is caused by a tumor.

Do you crave peace and quiet? Visit Mount Airy, NC, otolaryngologist Dr. M. Barry Ellis of Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Audiology to discuss tinnitus treatment options. Make an appointment by calling (336) 673-3125 or (336) 838-7758.

By Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Audiology
April 11, 2017
Category: Procedures

Turn to us for the relief you’ve been looking for to stop your chronic sinus infection symptoms.

If you are battling chronic sinusitis then nasal congestion and pressure, as well as difficulty breathing may just seem like a normal part of your life. Don’t you wish you could breathe in fresh air and not deal with facial pressure all the time? If you’ve been dealing with sinus symptoms then it’s time to talk to our Mount Airy, NC, otolaryngologist Dr. M. Barry Ellis about whether balloon sinuplasty could help.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Instead of traditional surgery, this procedure provides a less invasive way to treat your sinus infection or sinus blockage without the need for any incisions or cutting of the tissue or bone. This procedure is also only performed under local anesthesia.

During the procedure, a balloon catheter is gently guided into the sinuses, where the balloon is inflated to help open up the blocked sinuses. From there, saline solution is sprayed into the sinus cavity to flush everything out. Even once the sinuses have been flushed and the catheter is removed, the sinuses will remain open.

Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Sinus pain and pressure
  • Headaches
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Lack of smell
  • Yellow or green nasal mucus

If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for more than 12 weeks and our Mount Airy, NC, ENT doctor has prescribed sinus medications that haven’t worked, then it’s time to talk to us about whether the next step is sinuplasty. This is also a good option for those who dealing with four or more sinus infections a year.

Is there a recovery time?

Since this procedure is much less invasive than traditional sinus surgery you’ll also deal with an easier recovery time. For the most part, people find that they can return to work and daily activities within one to two days after their procedure with minimal side effects.

If you are ready to finally get the relief you need from your miserable chronic sinus problems in Mount Airy, NC, then it’s time you called Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology today to schedule your next appointment. Let’s find out whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you.

By Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Audiology
January 27, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: thyroid  

When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it can affect your overall health. Weight problems, change in energy levels and depression thyroidmay all occur because of this imbalance. The thyroid is a gland shaped like a butterfly that is located in the neck. It is responsible for metabolism in the body. Your otolaryngologists at Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology in Mount Airy, NC--Dr. M. Barry Ellis and Dr. Brian Moffitt--can help determine if you have a thyroid issue.

Why Thyroid Health is Important

Undiagnosed thyroid issues can increase one’s risk of heart disease, anxiety, hair loss, infertility, depression as well as countless other health problems. It is important that you visit an otolaryngologist to see that your thyroid issue does not go undiagnosed. You don’t need to have all of these things to have a thyroid problem, but they are clues to something going on with your health overall.

In more severe cases, thyroid cancer can occur. It is important that anyone with a lump in their neck or with continuously swollen lymph nodes or trouble breathing or swallowing is checked immediately. If a tumor exists, it will be biopsied. A malignant tumor requires surgery. In some instances, the entire thyroid may even need to be removed.

Your Mount Airy otolaryngologists can thoroughly examine and evaluate each patient and their thyroid problem. Not every situation is the same, and it’s important to consult only the most qualified medical professional for a thyroid issue.

What Mount Airy, NC, Otolaryngologists Can Do For You

Our doctors are well versed in all things concerning the ear, nose and throat. They understand how to properly diagnose issues and which tests can verify specific issues or conditions going on with each particular patient. Call today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Moffitt and Dr. Ellis of Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology in Mount Airy, NC.

By Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Audiology
September 30, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Sinus Infections   Sinusitis  
SinusitisEveryone, at one time or another, has suffered with sinusitis. However, many people don’t know exactly what sinusitis is or how best to treat it; a lot of misinformation exists. Our doctors want to clear up these misunderstandings. For example, sinusitis, while often caused by the common cold, is not a cold. A cold, which is a viral infection, presents with a number of symptoms, of which sinusitis may be one.
 
Another common misconception is that sinusitis is always caused by a bacterial infection, therefore, the patient should take antibiotics immediately. However, that is not always the case.
 
In fact, many cases of sinusitis – even cases caused by bacterial infections -- don’t need to be treated with antibiotics at all. That’s why it’s important to know what is causing your sinusitis so you can properly treat it. An ENT specialist can help you determine what you are dealing with and how best to treat it.
 
In order to help better understand sinusitis, here are a few commonly asked questions and answers.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that causes the cavities around your nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. When this happens, it becomes more difficult for drainage to occur. This causes congestion, blockage, and tenderness.

What causes sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis is most often caused by the common cold. However, other conditions, such as allergies, bacterial and fungal infections, can cause sinusitis flare ups.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to: thick, yellow or green discharge; difficulty breathing through the nose; congestion; pain or tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead; and coughing.

How long does a typical bout of sinusitis last?

Generally, sinusitis doesn’t last more than a few days to a week or two. However, sinusitis that lasts more than eight weeks or keeps coming back is referred to as chronic sinusitis and may need more aggressive treatment. Severe cases left untreated can lead to more serious complications.

What are my treatment options?

Treatment will depend on the individual case, but most of the time most cases can be treated with over the counter/home remedies. More severe bacterial infections might require antibiotics.
 
If you are seeking the services of an experienced ENT doctor, consider contacting our office for an appointment.
 
If you have irritating allergies, you already know they can affect your life. They can keep you from doing the things you like, and worst of all, they may not be just seasonal. But now there’s help just a phone call away from your ENT specialists. Call today and get some relief from your allergies!
By Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology
September 30, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Welcome to the Blog of Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology

Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about otolaryngology and our practice.

At Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable ear, nose and throat information, the latest otolaryngology developments and health advice from our dedicated team. 

Mount Airy ENT Head & Neck Surgery Audiology hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper otolaryngology care and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

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