ASK THE EXPERTS: Why Did I Lose My Hearing?

Loss of hearing can be frustrating but not impossible to deal with.

Hearing loss can occur gradually over time and can be really frustrating for communication in daily living. Exposure to loud noises, medications, genetics, head trauma, and medical pathologies all may contribute to hearing loss. Combinations of any of all of the above mentioned can exacerbate hearing loss and other auditory symptoms such as tinnitus (often described as ‘ringing’ or noises perceived in the ear or head). Although most types of hearing loss cannot be reversed, a thorough evaluation by our hearing health and medical professionals can help identify health issues that may also negatively impact hearing. A sudden hearing loss should be addressed right away for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. 

Signs of hearing loss may include, but are not limited to, struggling to understand conversation from a distance, without visual cues (such as masks, phone calls, radio), or in background noise such as restaurants. Thankfully, a full hearing evaluation can provide helpful information regarding the type of degree of hearing loss as well as solutions, strategies, and opportunities to address the hardships of hearing difficulties. Times with friends, family, and business may once again be enriched by solutions available today. 

Schedule your appointment today to investigate your hearing loss and experience the positive changes through good support, diagnosis, and strategic solutions. Wyoming Otolaryngology is a group of highly trained medical and technical professionals so ‘ask the experts’.

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ASK THE EXPERTS: What Are Sinus Infections And Are They Hereditary?

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Also known as sinusitis, sinus infections can be caused by various factors that cause inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining within the sinuses. Some conditions that trigger sinus infections may be viruses such as the common cold, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, or allergies(or allergic rhinitis, the swelling of the lining in the nose caused by allergens). 

Though some problems that cause sinus infections run in families, there is not an “allergic gene” you can inherit. For example, if one parent has allergies, their child may have a 30-35% chance of also having allergies. If both parents have allergies, their child may be up to a 50% chance of having allergies. 

It is not normal to have multiple sinus infections, once a year should be rare for most people. Allergies, sinus abnormalities, immune function, and past infections can all lead to problems that cause multiple, recurrent, or chronic sinus infections. Thankfully, these things can all be treated so infections are rare and easier to manage. 

Are you experiencing sinus infections frequently? Please reach out to our specialists who can help you build a plan of treatment for most ailments of the ear, nose, and throat. 

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ASK THE EXPERTS: Can my allergies make me feel tired all the time?

Most of the time, allergies can cause mild symptoms such as coughing, itching, sneezing, skin irritations, and runny noses; luckily most people only have mild discomfort due to allergies. It is possible, however, to have feelings of fatigue when suffering from allergies.

Beyond the difficulty of sleeping when experiencing allergies that prevent a good night’s rest, there are allergic reactions that trigger the body to release chemicals that can cause you to feel tired or fatigued. These chemicals are normally released to help fight allergies but can also cause swelling of nasal tissue. This swelling can lead to a lack of sleep. This ‘hazy’ or tired feeling is commonly referred to as “brain fog”.

There are certain steps you can take to treat the effects of brain fog such as finding out what is triggering the allergic reaction, limiting exposure to allergens, finding a specific allergy medication, taking allergy shots, or using a more holistic method such as trying a neti pot.

Are you curious to figure out why you may be experiencing “brain fog”? At Wyoming Otolaryngology, we work with our patients to diagnose various nasal issues and find a solution for long-term success.

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ASK THE EXPERTS: What is the effect of nasal problems on my sleep?

Over the years, we’ve gotten many frequently asked questions from our patients, so we’ve decided to take some time to answer a couple for your benefit. So, you “asked the experts” and here are our answers!

How are you supposed to get quality sleep when you are having sinus problems? Things such as allergies, sinus infections, and other causes of nasal obstruction can make breathing difficult – especially at night.

The importance of breathing through your nose versus your mouth is to warm, filter, and moisten the air before it is taken in by your lungs. The obstruction of this process may result in higher levels of sleep disturbances which are no good.

Additionally, breathing through your mouth can result in more issues because of the possibility of the jaw or tongue falling back and blocking the airway which can increase the likelihood of sleep apnea and snoring.

There are certain steps you can take to get a better night’s sleep such as cutting down on allergy exposures, sleeping in cooler temperatures, and making sure your bedroom is as dark as can be – all of which can have an effect on the quality of sleep you are getting. Thankfully, you don’t have to tackle nasal problems alone. At Wyoming Otolaryngology, we work with our patients to diagnose various nasal issues and find a solution for long-term success.

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What Is Tinnitus And How Can I Treat It?

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Tinnitus normally described as a ringing or noise in someone’s ears. It affects about 15-20 percent of people and may be a symptom of an underlying condition. These conditions can range from noise exposure, medications, genetic-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. 

Some of the symptoms of tinnitus can include humming, clicking, hissing, ringing, buzzing, and roaring. These noises can vary in pitch and may come and go or remain constant. There are two kinds of tinnitus (1) subjective and (2) objective tinnitus. Subjective can only be heard by an individual, whereas objective may be heard by your doctor when they are performing an exam. The former is much more common than the latter, but both may be managed with treatment. 

The perceived ringing in the ears can be aggravating for many individuals. Thankfully, tinnitus may be successfully managed through ongoing treatment.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have concerns, call us. Wyoming Otolaryngology specializes in the management and treatment of many hearing problems and will work with you to find the solutions.