Billie Jean is Not My Brother (Hearing Matters.)

It’s happened to all of us: we’ve heard something one way over and over again and our brains hold on to that misconception as fact, because it’s natural for us to trust what we hear with our own ears–even if it’s mixed up due to hearing loss, like misheard song lyrics.

You know the scene, we’ve all been there. Dancing around the kitchen with your family, or perhaps driving down the highway with your best friend, maybe even at a karaoke bar with coworkers after a long day–just enjoying the music playing over the speakers when one of your very favorites comes on: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.

You take in a deep breath, ready to wow ‘em with your spectacular memorization of the lyrics and your seriously impressive vocal range–you’ve belted this one at the top of your lungs a thousand times, and it never gets old.

“BILLIE JEAN IS NOT MY BROTHER!”

Nailed it. Until–

“Um… you mean lover, right?”

“What?”

“Billie Jean is not my lover. Those are the correct lyrics.”

Sure enough, a quick Google search proves that what your audience has stated is true. The song is about Billie Jean, who is in fact, not someone’s brother. But the lover part is debatable, apparently.

Hearing matters–don’t let hearing loss steal your stage. Contact us today for a hearing evaluation to help get your hearing health off on the right foot–or, the right lyrics.

What To Expect

Visiting the hearing experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology for the first time? There’s no better care than what you’ll experience here. You are in for a pleasant experience that is interesting, informative, and a great beginning to better understand your hearing and communication.

At your visit, your hearing healthcare provider will learn more about you, your needs, and your history to create a good baseline for what factors have influenced your hearing and how to work towards a solution. Your evaluation will be a comfortable experience that will produce results and be tailored to your hearing goals.

Often your appointment is coupled together with our Audiology and Ear, Nose, and Throat medical team to obtain a full picture of function (audiology) and anatomy (medical). Our team approach provides you the best in industry, all-in-one care, and streamlined solutions. Bring someone such as a friend, family member or spouse with you to visit; you’ll be sure to get more out of your visit if someone close to you can share in the experience. Your hearing professional will also gain insights from learning about your hearing abilities from someone close to you.

Even if your hearing seems normal, a hearing evaluation is a great opportunity to learn how to protect your hearing, and once a baseline is documented, it’s much easier to monitor hearing health at the years go by with your continued involvement with noisy hobbies, work, music, or recreational activities. You are in great hands with the Wyoming Otolaryngology team as your hearing health care providers.

Now that you know what to expect—what are you waiting for?! Call to make your hearing evaluation appointment today at 307.577.4240.

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.

Holidays and Your Hearing

It’s your favorite time of year, full of brisk mornings and crisp frosts, leaves and snow crunching beneath your feet and people laughing and talking with each other about their holiday plans in the coming months. The holidays are finally here, and your home is filling with smells of dinner and festive desserts. Your spouse has been answering the phone all morning as they’re preparing the main course for the evening, filling guests in on last-minute details for the afternoon’s get-together.

You certainly would help manage those phone calls, but the phone’s high-pitched ringing just isn’t as easy to hear as it used to be. Instead you volunteer to tidy up outside and, come to think of it, while those crunching leaves still feel nostalgic and seasonal, you do miss the festive sound of them beneath your boots.

The excitement of seeing your grandchildren has you filled with joy, but maybe you’re feeling a bit anxious about listening to their latest school stories as their sweet little voices are getting harder and harder to clearly decipher.

From the moment the doorbell rings with visitors to the big dinner with family members asking you to “Pass the salt, please,” the holidays are filled with sounds. Wyoming’s leading hearing health experts at Wyoming Otolaryngology are here to help make sure you don’t miss a moment this holiday season.

We offer a wide range of hearing instrument styles and technologies to help make your holidays clearer. From watching the big game after dinner with bluetooth-compatible devices to carrying on conversations with the people you love most without missing a moment, we can connect you with the right tool to make your holiday experience a great one.

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and the familiar smells and sounds we all come to appreciate as tradition. Wyoming Otolaryngology can help make sure you’re able to soak in all the sounds of the holidays–from the giggles of little ones to loving conversations with family members, don’t miss a moment. Call us today at (307) 577-4240 to start the conversation.

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