Learn about hearing aids from your Maysville doctor.
Has it become more difficult to follow conversations or hear the dialogue on your favorite TV show? You may have hearing loss. Our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Paul Conrad, shares a few signs that you may benefit from a hearing aid.
Keeping up your end of the conversation has become a challenge
It's hard to participate in a conversation when you can't hear every word clearly. If it seems as if everyone you know has suddenly developed a mumbling problem, you may hearing loss. Unfortunately, you may miss key points when you only hear part of the conversation. The frustrating problem can interfere with your relationships with friends and family members and even affect your job performance.
The TV is never loud enough
Do you find yourself hitting the up arrow on the TV remote much more often than usual? Difficulty hearing the TV or radio may be a sign of hearing loss. In many cases, you may not be aware of the problem until a family member mentions it.
You avoid the telephone
If you once enjoyed talking on the phone, but now primarily use texts and emails to communicate, hearing loss may be to blame. You may be relying more heavily on visual clues than you realize during your face-to-face conversations. Because you can't see the other person's face and mouth when you chat on the telephone, you may find that it's very difficult to hear.
You don't like going to the movies
"The louder the better," seems to be the motto at most movie theaters, but turning up the volume won't necessarily make it any easier for you to hear. In fact, loud background music can make understanding the dialogue very difficult
A hearing aid may improve your hearing
A hearing aid is an excellent solution if your hearing loss is due to damaged hair cells in your ears. Although the damage can occur naturally as a part of aging, it may also happen if you've been exposed to loud noises or have taken medications that affected your hearing. Hearing aids make sounds louder but also decrease background noises that make it difficult to hear clearly. Aids are available in analog and digital models and can be worn in the ear or over the ear.
Would you like to find out if you can benefit from hearing aids? Call our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Conrad, at (606) 759-4852 to schedule a hearing evaluation.
If you are feeling lightheaded rather regularly this is a problem you should definitely check into.
There are many reasons why someone may feel dizzy. While this usually isn’t a cause for concern, if this is something you are dealing with regularly or if your dizziness is rather severe then it’s important that you seek medical attention. Why visit our Maysville, KY, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Conrad for dizziness? Well, your problem could just be ear-related.
Is your dizziness accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, loss of hearing, pressure in the ears, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)? If so, these symptoms are also something you should tell our Maysville, KY, ENT doctor about when you call. There are a variety of different conditions and disorders that can cause people to feel dizzy such as:
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Central nervous system disorders
- Vestibular disorders or inner ear problems
In order to figure out what is causing your dizziness, we will need to go through your medical history to figure out if there are any pre-existing conditions or medications you are taking that could be to blame.
Since balance is associated with the inner ear, we may also conduct a hearing test. Of course, balance isn’t just influenced by the inner ear. This system is also connected to the eyes and parts of the brain. If signals being sent to some of these areas of the body aren’t working properly this may be why you are experiencing frequent dizziness.
Vertigo is a condition that is characterized by feeling off balance. It may feel as if the world around you is spinning. These symptoms may appear randomly or you may only notice them when changing head positions. Vertigo appears when there is a problem with the inner ear. Certain conditions that can cause vertigo include:
- Benign positional vertigo
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular migraines
- Vestibular neuronitis (a viral infection of the vestibular nerve)
We will need to figure out the root cause before we can create a proper treatment plan. Medications and certain therapies will often be prescribed to help improve the vestibular system and to reduce the frequency and intensity of your dizziness.
Turn to ENTLC in Maysville, KY, and Flemingsburg, KY, for all of your ear, nose and throat needs. Whether you are experiencing dizziness or persistent sore throats, we can be there to provide you with the care you need.
Many people afflicted with various allergies obtain relief through allergy injections. However, injections are not ideal for everyone. Infants, children or adults who cannot tolerate needles and injections require an alternative treatment option. An excellent alternative to traditional allergy injections is sublingual allergy treatment, also called sublingual immunotherapy treatment. In Maysville, KY, sublingual allergy treatment is available at ENTLC where Dr. Paul Conrad can determine if this treatment option is right for you or your child.
What is Sublingual Allergy Treatment?
Once your doctor has confirmed your particular allergy or allergies, an extract of the allergen(s) is prepared. The extract will be used to help you build up immunity to the allergen(s). To use, a small amount of the extract is placed under the tongue for 30 sec to 1 minutes at a time. The process is repeated daily or sometimes multiple times in a day to develop immunity quickly. This process continues for between three and five years until full immunity from the allergen(s) is achieved. Once full immunity is established, you will no longer need to place the extract under the tongue.
Sublingual allergy treatment in Maysville, KY, can be prescribed for patients of all ages, and is especially ideal for infants and children with allergies who might be afraid of receiving an allergy injection. In addition to being great for infants and children, sublingual allergy treatment is also a good option for patients with mold and food allergies, asthma or chronic sinusitis, as well as those who have multiple allergies. Finally, sublingual allergy treatment tends to cost less than traditional allergy injection treatments.
Sublingual allergy treatments are a practical alternative to traditional allergy injections for patients who are averse to needles. With office locations in Maysville and Flemingsburg, ENTLC is your Ear Nose and Throat practice for allergy treatment in Maysville, KY. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Conrad, call ENTLC at (606) 759-4852.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children experience allergy symptoms ranging from mild (the occasional sneeze) to severe skin reactions. Allergy testing and treatment can give you relief in advance of the spring and summer seasons when allergies commonly tend to flare up. Explore the allergy relief options an ENT at ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY, can offer you.
What Causes Allergies?
Allergies flare when a certain substance comes in contact with your body that your immune system doesn't like. Pollen in the air is one of the most common culprits. Some people are also affected by pet dander, dust, mold and other particles that float around. While some people are affected by what’s in the air, some are allergic to things that they eat or that come in contact with their skin (detergents, insect bites, etc).
Due to the many different types of allergies, it’s important to pin down what exactly is causing your symptoms so that it can be effectively treated. The best way to identify exactly what you're allergic to is to get tested by a Flemingsburg and Maysville ENT. There is a skin (scratch) test and a blood test. In the case of a skin test, a series of allergens are introduced that will show your doctor what’s affecting you. Blood tests show antibodies that may react to certain foods and substances.
Once your allergist pinpoints the exact cause of allergy, an appropriate treatment can be recommended. In many cases an anti-histamine will help keep symptoms under control. Here are a few other possible treatments your ENT may explore with you at your next appointment:
- decongestants and nasal allergy sprays
- prescription eye drops
- EpiPen and anti-allergy injections
- allergy inhibitors
- immune system therapy (also known as immunotherapy)
Call for Allergy Solutions
The solution to your annoying allergy problems may be at ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 today to schedule an allergy test with Dr. Paul Conrad to talk about testing and treatment options.
There are times that patients will realize it is time to seek help for their hearing loss or problem. Hearing aids from ENTLC in Flemingsburg and Maysville, KY, may be the answer. With a variety of types to choose from, Dr. Paul Conrad or Dr. Seth Fritz can help determine which will work best for your hearing loss. One visit with an audiologist can help determine your loss and the proper treatment method for your particular situation.
Types of Hearing Aids
Ultimately, the type of hearing aid that will work best for you will depend on the extent of your hearing loss.
Here are some of the most popular hearing aids:
- Behind the Ear (BTE): This is the most noticeable type of hearing aid that offers great volumes than any other device.
- Completely in the Canal (CIC): This is the most discreet and smallest hearing aid on the market. This is popular as it is inconspicuous. Volume control isn’t available in this type of hearing aid, however.
- In the Ear (ITW): These are slightly larger than the CIC type, which gives them volume control and other features. These also have a larger battery life.
What Hearing Aids in Flemingsburg and Maysville Can Do For You
With the help of ENTLC, your hearing loss problem can be resolved. An audiologist can discuss with you the options available and determine a choice that seems best suited for you. Hearing aids can help you hear better and thus feel more connected to those around you. They also can keep your safe. Most importantly, hearing aids can increase your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with a hearing loss professional, call our Maysville, KY, office at (606) 759-4852 or our Flemingsburg, KY, office at (606) 759-4852 today.
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