Life Is Hard Enough

Spring cleaning. It’s one of the worst parts about the new season, but it’s something that must be done. The process is time-consuming, but the results are more than worth the effort. With each new season, it’s important to revitalize, repair and refresh. This is true of your home but it’s true of your health as well.

This is where the allergy professionals at Wyoming Otolaryngology come in.

When most people think of allergies, they think of runny noses and itchy eyes. The truth is, allergies are much more complicated than that. People with allergies could suffer from chronic fatigue, recurring sinus infections, fluctuating hearing loss, recurring unexplained nose bleeds and more. Symptoms can range from minor to severe but it is safe to assume that none of them are fun or “easy” to get rid of.

Luckily, Wyoming Otolaryngology is there to help you breathe a little easier. Wyo Oto has a long and experienced track-record when it comes to allergy diagnosis and treatment. They offer evaluation and treatment of nasal allergies, both seasonal and perennial. Wyoming Otolaryngology provides in-office testing and immunotherapy and can comfortably test most adults and children down to the age of two years old.

Additionally, Wyoming Otolaryngology was the first practice in Wyoming to employ sublingual immunotherapy. This procedure is the most recent advance in allergy treatment and it allows for home immunotherapy by placing drops under the tongue. This ceases the need for traditional shots and has shown to be very well tolerated with excellent allergy control.

“Our use of sublingual immunotherapy is huge for our patients,” said Cope Norcross, M.D. “The amount of time, stress and energy that this process saves cannot be overstated. Plus, it gets rid of the need for shots. Who doesn’t like the idea of that?”

When life gets overwhelming and allergies get out of control, it’s nice to know you have a partner. The experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology may not be able to press the snooze button on your alarm, or pour your cereal, or ensure that your meeting goes well. But when it comes to allergies, we can help you feel better, and most importantly–breathe easy.

Life is hard enough. Let the experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology take care of your allergies. Call 307-577-4240 to schedule an appointment today.

Tinnitus

 

Tinnitus is the auditory perception of sounds, such as a ringing or buzzing, within the ears or head in the absence of external sound. Many of us have experienced this at some point in our lives, whether it was after attending a loud concert, being exposed to heavy machinery, firearms, certain medications, or a head cold. Typically, this “noise in the ears” may subside, but in many cases, it does not.

According to the American Academy of Audiology, approximately 30 million people experience tinnitus in their daily lives. When unaddressed, tinnitus can result in more than a mere annoyance. The physical and psychological effects of tinnitus are vast and varied, ranging from lack of sleep, or from the inability to concentrate to anxiety or depression. Extreme negative reaction to tinnitus can lead to isolation from others, withdrawing from social situations, and missing out on life’s great moments.

It doesn’t have to be this way. While there is no “cure,” for tinnitus, there are effective ways to manage it. Consulting with an audiologist and Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) is the first and most important step to take. An audiologist will ask for the case history of a patient and perform a hearing evaluation. This can include a hearing test, a pitch (tone or frequency) assessment of tinnitus, patient questionnaires, and interview. In addition, a medical professional such as an ENT physician may help rule out medical concerns connected to the tinnitus.

There are behavioral techniques and strategies designed to help those who are affected by tinnitus. First, some techniques teach skills to reduce the psychological impact of tinnitus symptoms. This process may be overseen by a therapist in conjunction with an audiologist and has proven to be very effective at improving the quality of life for patients. Second, sound therapy is used to manage the effects of tinnitus. By presenting external sounds, the goal is to alter the perception of tinnitus, as well as the patient’s reaction to it. This practice can lead to the inhibition of, the distraction from, or the habituation of tinnitus to make it less stressful and invasive.

For individuals with hearing loss, the best treatment of tinnitus is the use of hearing instruments. Hearing instruments are known to not only decrease the perception of tinnitus but also treat the underlying hearing loss. Tinnitus is common in patients with hearing loss and, while there is no one-size-fits-all formula to manage tinnitus, hearing instruments have proven to be extremely effective. In addition, for individuals without hearing loss, many hearing devices have built-in tinnitus maskers to present soothing sounds.

The leading hearing experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology help individuals regain their freedom and independence by addressing tinnitus, and the possible impact of undiagnosed hearing loss. The audiology department at Wyoming Otolaryngology works hand-in-hand with the ENT providers to offer patients a chance to improve their health and well-being. With hearing and tinnitus evaluations, medical assessments, hearing instrument trials, and other tools to improve lives, the providers at Wyoming Otolaryngology can both diagnose and address tinnitus concerns all in one building. For a personal interview of your needs, please call 307-577-4240 to schedule an assessment.