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Ear problems are our specialty! From wax build up to ear tubes our ENT specialists in Raleigh and Cary can help you.

5 Ways to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

You’ve just finished a few laps in the pool, but can’t shake the feeling of fluid in your ear. No matter what you do, your ear remains “full.” Eventually, you develop the itching and pain that are telltale signs of swimmer’s ear.  No one wants their time in the water to result in this uncomfortable condition, so we’ve provided some useful tips to help you avoid this common ear infection. 

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10 Tips on How to Live with Hearing Loss

About 15 percent of American adults have trouble hearing ---this translates to roughly 37.5 million people. Those who are 60 to 69 years old are much more likely to have hearing loss.  In fact, 25 percent of those between 65 to 74 have difficulty hearing to the extent that it is disabling, according to information from the Hearing Language Association of America. 

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6 Solutions for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

The Eustachian tube isn’t very large, but it can cause huge problems when it is not functioning properly, such as dizziness, pain and other issues. While these symptoms can be treated, often, we’ll need to help you address the underlying cause to gain long-term relief. Read this article to identify the symptoms and learn more about the treatments available for ear tube dysfunction.

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Can Hearing Aids Treat Tinnitus?

It’s not unusual to occasionally experience a ringing in your ears, especially after being exposed to a loud noise or during a bad ear infection. While the noise is irritating and inconvenient, it eventually subsides.

But imagine what your life would be like if it didn’t.

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What Causes Your Eardrum to Rupture?

A ruptured eardrum is a painful condition that can seriously damage your hearing, make your ear more susceptible to infection, or cause long-term vertigo and dizziness. The eardrum is a membrane that vibrates when struck by sound waves. 

 

When the eardrum is damaged the signal is disrupted and cause many issues... 

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Audiologist vs. Hearing Aid Dispenser: A Comparative Chart

At first glance, there seems to be very little difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser. There are extensive differences in the education, clinical expertise and services offered by audiologists and hearing aid dispensers. For example, did you know that audiologists are required to have more than 1,800 hours of clinical training? Did you know they work closely with ENT doctors to help treat tinnitus and balance disorders? We realize these differences can be confusing. We compiled a comparative chart to help you better understand the important role audiologists play in your care.


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Should You Buy Your Hearing Aid Online?

Eyeglasses, vitamins, groceries…almost everything can be bought online. With retail giants like Amazon selling items ranging from computers to emergency medical supplies, it may seem logical to save money by purchasing your hearing aids online. While it may seem like you’re getting a deal, our audiologists caution that there’s much more to consider than merely getting a good deal. Purchasing a less expensive hearing aid online may actually cost you more money in the long run---and your online “bargain” may not resolve your hearing problems. 


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Help for Vertigo: Ask Your Doctor These Three Questions

Vertigo is more than a mere sense of dizziness. It’s a condition that can make tasks of daily living challenging at best. If you’ve ever had the feeling that the entire room was spinning accompanied by nausea and maybe even vomiting, you may be experiencing vertigo.

Vertigo is considered a vestibular disorder. This group of disorders affects the vestibular system which helps your body and brain maintain balance.  One-third of Americans 40 and older have some sort of vestibular disorder. 

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Important Hearing Milestones for Your Baby

It’s adorable when your baby babbles and coos, but you may not realize your child is doing much more than being cute. These nonsensical noises are actually “practice” for developing the vowel and consonant sounds needed for speech development. 

 

If your baby has a hearing problem, this practice doesn’t occur as it should, and your child may face social, academic and vocational difficulties. It’s vital to understand the important hearing milestones for your baby, and take action if your son or daughter is not reaching them.


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Is It Safe to Fly With an Ear Infection?

As if flying weren’t enough of a pain. It’s stressful dealing with delayed flights, long security lines and lost luggage -- not to mention the passenger beside you who always hogs the arm rest. Add an ear infection and your misery is compounded.
We all know that the takeoff, landing and pressurized cabin make your ears uncomfortable, but what if you have an infection? Will flying with an ear infection damage your hearing?


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