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By Paul Conrad, MD
October 24, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Ear tubes   Ear Conditions  

Ear tubes are a common treatment for repeat middle ear infections and other ear, nose and throat problems. Placed by Dr. Paul Conrad of ENTLC in Maysville, KY, these tympanostomy, or ventilation, tubes aerate, relieve pressure, and facilitate fluid drainage. Do you or a loved one need them?

Why place ear tubes?

Ear tubes are thin plastic or metal devices inserted into the ear drums or tympanic membranes of both children and adults, says Medicinenet. The surgery may be performed at ENTLC in Maysville, KY, or in the local hospital as individual need requires.

The most common reason for placement is repeated episodes of middle ear infections, or otitis media. With frequent episodes, fluid builds-up behind the ear drum, causing pain, problems with balance, a feeling of fullness, and even poor hearing and speech. With children, ear infections may contribute to learning and behavior problems at school.

Adults, too, may struggle with otitis media, particularly after colds, sinus infections, or the flu. Individuals with Downs Syndrome may require tubes due to various congenital defects. Tubes help patients with cleft palates, and adults who suffer barotrauma, or decompression sickness when scuba diving or flying, get relief from air pressure injuries to the middle ear and eustachian tube.

How ear tubes work

Tubes ventilate the middle ear, drain fluid and equalize pressure on opposite sides of the ear drum. They are treatments of choice when antibiotic therapy proves ineffective.

Made of biocompatible materials, these tiny devices may be just short-term therapy or stay in place for longer periods of time (six months to two years) as your doctor determines is best. Much depends on the patient response to this therapy. As you wear tubes, you go about your usual activities. Just wear ear plugs for showers or baths and while swimming.

In general, ventilation tubes are stable and comfortable. In some cases, they may simply fall out or your otolaryngologist may remove them. The opening in the ear drum spontaneously closes.

Your consultation at ENTLC

Dr. Paul Conrad will discuss your symptoms and do an examination. Your care plan may include ear tubes. Don't allow ear infections and fluid impact your child's life or yours. Call ENTLC in Maysville, KY, for a consultation at (606) 759-4852.

By Paul Conrad, MD
May 30, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

"More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year," according to WebMD. Your Maysville, KY, doctor can help with allergy treatments and testings when you exhibit certain symptoms: itchiness, watery eyes, runny nose, and continuous sneezing, just to name a few.

Allergies affect people all year long, especially during the spring and winter. When flowers bloom and pollen is abundant or when you're cooped up at home because of the cold, allergies can get to you.

Your allergist is likely to recommend allergy testing if you exhibit certain symptoms.

If you suffer from the following symptoms, you need to call your Maysville doctor.

  • Itchy skin
  • A rash
  • Eczema
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Chest congestion
  • Cramping or diarrhea
  • Vomiting after eating certain foods

Your doctor uses the following methods:

You will need to test for allergies to find out exactly what triggers them.

  • Skin tests: You're injected with a small dose of allergen. A rash or swelling appearing within 20 minutes indicates you're allergic to the substance. You're not allergic to the substance if there is no response.
     
  • Challenge tests: This is also an exposure test, similar to the skin test. If you inhale or ingest a small amount of the allergen, doctors will be able to determine what foods or medications you're allergic to.
     
  • Blood tests: This test takes longer than the other tests, but it is more accurate. Your doctor draws blood and sends it to a laboratory.

Treatments:

Once your Maysville, KY, doctor identifies what exactly triggers your allergies, there are several types of allergy treatments.

  • Allergy shots, usually given every week.
  • Sublingual drop therapy, which you can administer at home.

If you are interested in learning more about allergy treatments and testings, call your Maysville, KY, office at (606) 759-4852 today! They will help you determine what you're allergic to and how to treat it.

By ENTLC
February 26, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Aid  

Hearing aids are one of today's most common treatment for hearing loss. Of course, understanding hearing loss and its symptoms can Hearing Aidhelp you determine if a hearing aid is right for you. Learn more about this topic by reading below, and contact Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY, for treatment!

Do I have hearing loss?
Though hearing loss does not occur in one definitive moment, it does have some signs of its presence:

  • Trouble hearing others, especially in a crowded environment, such as a restaurant
  • Problems hearing others on the phone
  • Asking others to repeat themselves often
  • Often feeling as though others are mumbling
  • Others tell you that the TV or radio is too loud, but you think it is at a normal volume

What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid has three parts: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. The aid takes in sound through the microphone, amplifies it within the device, then plays it out into the ear at a higher volume. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, including models which fit completely within the ear, lay within the ear, or wrap around the ear. No matter your preferences or level of hearing loss, you can work with your ear, nose, and throat specialist to find the best model of hearing aid for you.

Hearing aids in Maysville, KY
If you think that you may be suffering from hearing loss, your doctor will suggest a hearing test. The test will involve you wearing a headset and identifying various frequencies of sounds and in which ear they are played. The test takes only a few minutes and helps your doctor investigate your symptoms to diagnose the severity of your hearing loss and determine the best way to treat it.

For more information on hearing aids or hearing loss, please contact Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 to schedule your hearing test with Dr. Conrad today!

By ENTLC
November 06, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing aids  

Hearing loss is often a long, drawn-out process that occurs slowly over many years. Since this condition often goes overlooked, many sufferers do not realize they are having hearing trouble at all! Learning the signs and symptoms of hearing loss and understanding your treatment options can help you get the help you need. Learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids by reading below, and if you need treatment, call Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY.

Do I have hearing loss? 

Hearing loss often begins with subtle symptoms and builds slowly throughout the course of several years. Often, patients do not notice their symptoms until the condition is significantly advanced. If you notice one or more of these signs of hearing loss, you should talk with your doctor about a hearing test:

  • You feel as though those around you are often mumbling or speaking softly
  • You often ask people to repeat themselves or speak louder
  • Your family or friends tell you the TV or radio is loud when you think it is at a normal volume
  • You have extra difficulty hearing in crowded places, like restaurants or events
  • You find yourself concentrating very hard to have a simple conversation

How is hearing loss diagnosed? 

If you think you suffer from hearing loss, your ear, nose, and throat doctor will probably suggest a hearing test to diagnose your condition and its severity. This test plays sounds at different volumes and frequencies in one ear at a time. You will indicate in which ear you hear the sounds and your doctor will measure your hearing loss based on the responses.

Hearing aid options in Maysville, KY

Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and styles which give you many options to find the best one for you. Some hearing aids fit around the ear while other, smaller styles fit in the ear itself or even within the canal. Whichever style you choose, your hearing aid will take outside sound and send it through a microphone. The sound is amplified and sent through the ear at a higher, easier to hear volume.

For more information on hearing aids or hearing loss, please contact Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 to schedule your appointment for a hearing test with Dr. Conrad today!

By ENTLC
August 08, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

AllergiesWould you like relief from your allergy symptoms? The itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, skin rash--they're all too familiar to you and millions of other Americans. At ENTLC in Maysville, KY, your board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Conrad, uncovers allergy triggers and builds treatment plans that work.

What causes allergies?

Basically, some people's immune systems are sensitive to factors such as environmental pollution, certain foods, insect bites animal dander, plant pollen, mold, some natural fabrics, and more. When they contact these "triggers," they start suffering symptoms such as :

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rashes
  • Puffy, itchy eyes
  • Runny nose

The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology says that contact with triggers prompts overproduction of natural bodily substances called histamines. Histamines are the major players in the millions of cases of asthma and allergic rhinitis which aggravate both children and adults across the country.

Uncovering the triggers

People who suspect they have allergies should note their symptoms, along with their onset, severity, and duration. Avoidance helps control bouts of sneezing, itching, and more. However, sometimes, and in particular with children, identifying triggers is tricky. That's where allergy treatment from Dr. Conrad in his Maysville office comes in.

Getting help for allergies

When you come to ENTLC, Dr. Conrad will examine your ears, nose, and throat and perform other basic health checks. Also, he'll ask you about your symptoms.

Then, he may order skin testing, lab work or challenge tests (asking you to consume suspect foods and note your reaction). Based on his findings he may advise allergy shots administered at regular intervals at the office or sublingual drop therapy, a medication which you can administer at home.

Other interventions include:

  • Avoidance of triggers (don't eat the foods which bother you)
  • Staying indoors on days when air quality is poor or pollen count is high
  • Washing your face and hands and changing your clothes after being outdoors
  • Wiping a pet down after a walk on grass
  • Use of a HEPA filter to clean forced air from a furnace or air conditioning unit
  • Taking prescription or over-the-counter anti-histamines and allergy medications as directed by Dr. Conrad

Find out more

Please don't suffer with your seasonal or year 'round allergy symptoms. Dr. Conrad and his team at ENTLC in Maysville, KY, can provide strategies to help you feel better and get on with your life. Call the office today for an allergy consultation: (606) 759-4852.





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