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By South Florida ENT Associates
September 17, 2018
Category: Hearing Loss
Tags: Hearing Aids  

A hearing aid could help you become part of the conversation again.

Hearing TroubleDo you have trouble understanding what people are saying on the television? Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves over and over again? Does it suddenly seem like those around you are always mumbling or it’s become increasingly difficult to hear people, especially in loud settings? If you said yes, then our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine Hesse are here to tell you how a hearing aid could significantly improve these day-to-day issues.

Most of the questions we asked above address the telltale signs of hearing loss. Of course, hearing loss is usually gradual, so it isn’t always easy to pinpoint when you have a problem; however, trouble hearing people (no matter whether they are in person or on the TV or radio) is one of the first signs that your hearing has diminished.

You may also find that when you are out to dinner or in a crowd that you often have no idea what people are saying. As a result, you may space out or disengage from the conversation entirely, making social gatherings and events more frustrating than fun. Again, if this is starting to sound all-too-familiar then it’s probably time that you scheduled a hearing evaluation with one of our ENT doctors.

What should I expect when wearing a hearing aid?

While glasses or contact lenses are designed to correct poor vision, it’s important to understand that a hearing aid isn’t designed to restore your hearing. Instead, what it does do is amplify the sounds around you, making it easier for you to hear and understand what is being said. Since there are certain tones and pitches that are more difficult to hear when you have hearing loss, these pitches are amplified whenever you wear a hearing aid.

Unfortunately, a lot of people wait too long to get a hearing aid, which is why it’s so important to see a doctor if you suspect that you may have some degree of hearing loss. It’s important to understand that it will take time to adjust to your new device and that the more often you wear it the better. Since hearing loss is something that can impact your physical, mental and even emotional health, it’s important that you have an ENT specialist who listens to your needs and can be there for you to guide you through the process of getting a hearing aid.

If you are noticing changes in your hearing and you’re finding it difficult to understand those around you then it’s time to call the hearing specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, to schedule an evaluation.

By South Florida ENT Associates
June 19, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sinuplasty  

How many sinus infections have you had this year? Is it too many to count, or is it one unending bout of sinusitis? Dr. David Jassir, Dr. sinuplastyMark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse expertly treat these debilitating infections. When sprays and antibiotics are ineffective, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.

What is sinusitis?

It's a bacterial or viral infection affecting millions of patients (children through adults in their senior years). Often occurring after the flu or a cold, sinusitis happens when the air-filled spaces in the forehead, inside the cheekbones and behind the nose become inflamed, painful, and clogged with thick, green mucus. Unfortunately, structural problems such as a deviated septum (the dividing partition in the nose) and nasal polyps (fleshy, benign growths) worsen infections.

In general, sinusitis should resolve with a week or two, but acute bouts may last as long as four weeks, say physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. If an infection hits the 12-week mark, ENT doctors call it chronic sinusitis.

Treating sinusitis with balloon sinuplasty in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood

Most sinus infections respond well to humidification, saline nasal sprays, antibiotics (if the infection is bacterial) and steroids to reduce inflammation. However, when infections are stubborn and debilitating, balloon sinuplasty may be needed to open blocked sinus passages and allow free flow of air and nasal secretions.

To determine if you need balloon sinuplasty, your ENT doctor will discuss your symptoms and use diagnostic studies such as CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound to visualize the sinuses. Rhinoscopy, which employs a thin lighted tube inserted into the nose, allows the doctor to see nasal structures and obstructions clearly.

If you qualify, your procedure will happen right at South Florida ENT Associates. Your physician will use a topical anesthetic to numb your nasal passages. He'll introduce a catheter into your nose. Attached to the catheter is a small balloon which the doctor inflates to open up the narrowed areas in the sinuses. A saline rinse removes any mucus build-up.

This treatment takes a little over an hour and requires no cutting, no suturing and little downtime. The International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology says that most patients experience immediate symptom relief that lasts, and they go back to work and other activities within two days.


If your last sinus infection was just one too many or if you're still in the thick of sinusitis and need relief, why not contact South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, to ask about balloon sinuplasty? Our office phone number is (954) 966-7000.

By South Florida ENT Associates
March 28, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Find out how to get your allergy symptoms under control.allergies

You know the symptoms: red, itchy eyes, a runny nose that just won’t quit and constant sneezing. It’s allergy season again! Our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, otolaryngologists Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine Hesse are here to provide a little insight into some of the best ways to reduce allergy flare-ups.

Preventing Allergy Symptoms

It’s important that your lifestyle caters a bit to your allergy symptoms and that you avoid the trigger or triggers whenever possible. Once you find out what you’re allergic to then you can figure out ways to avoid it. If you have outdoor allergies then you’ll want to check the weather reports before heading outdoors. During high grass, weed, mold or pollen counts you may want to wear a facemask while going outside or working in the yard.

You and your family members can also track allergens inside. This is why it’s important that you keep your home as clean as possible. Wipe down all surfaces often and make sure you are vacuuming all carpets, flooring and furniture at least once a week.

Treatment Options

While we all know that you would rather just prevent allergy symptoms from surfacing, even the best-laid plans can be ruined when you step outside into a haze of pollen or visit your friend to find that she just adopted a cat. For these situations, it’s important that you have allergy medicine by your side to help you kick the symptoms fast.

If you only deal with mild symptoms then you may find that over-the-counter medications are all you need. This could be something as simple as eye drops, nasal sprays or an oral antihistamine. Of course, if your symptoms are more aggressive then you’ll need to turn to our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, ENT doctors for stronger medications. We can prescribe antihistamines, decongestants or a variety of allergy medications, depending on your symptoms. In severe cases, steroids may be recommended.

If you find that these medications just aren’t cutting it then you may want to talk to us about whether allergy shots might be able to help you finally get your symptoms under control.

South Florida ENT Associates provides comprehensive ENT services to the Hollywood, FL, and Pembroke Pines, FL, areas. If you are having trouble getting allergies under control this season then don’t hesitate to give us a call.

By South Florida ENT Associates
November 30, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Mini CT Scans  

Diagnosing sinus-related conditions can be tricky for your ear, nose, and throat doctor. However, with a Xoran MiniCAT CT scan, your mini ct scansdoctor can see into the sinus and head, using 3D visual images to aid in the diagnostic process. But what are mini CT scans used for? Find out with Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine V. Hesse at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.

What is a Xoran MiniCT scan? 
The Xoran MiniCT scan is a diagnostic tool which creates 3D images of the inside of your body. What sets the MiniCT apart is its open nature, fast scanning process, and ease of use. The scan itself takes only about 40 seconds, where the arm of the machine moves around the head to capture information. Doctors often use the CT scans to diagnose things which they cannot see from the outside of your body like internal bleeding or tumors. However, they can also see the sinus cavity and bones which house it.

What can I expect from a Xoran MiniCT Scan? 
The MiniCT scan takes place right in your doctor’s office with a small machine. While a traditional CT scan requires you to lay in a chamber for an extended period of time, the MiniCT will simply circle your head as you stand. The arm swivels around the head to capture the images and your scan is completed in seconds. Compared to traditional CT scans, this is a big change and much more comfortable for the patient. Additionally, the MiniCT scan puts off significantly less radiation than traditional CT scans. The Xoran MiniCT can help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis while avoiding complex diagnostic tools.

Xoran MiniCT Scan in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
If you think you can benefit from a Mini CT scan, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor. They may suggest a scan based on your symptoms or medical history. For more information on Xoran MiniCT Scans, please contact Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine V. Hesse at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL. Call (954) 966-7000 to schedule your appointment with your otolaryngologist today!

By South Florida ENT Associates
August 28, 2017
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing loss is a common, frustrating condition affecting about 48 million people, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America.Hearing Aid Treatments for this condition vary, though many sufferers depend greatly on a hearing aid to restore their hearing. Learn more about the different types of hearing aids and what they can do for you with Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine V. Hesse at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.

How does a hearing aid work? 
Hearing aids depend on three separate parts to function: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. The microphone receives outside sounds and sends them through the amplifier, which makes them louder, and out of the speaker, which sends them into the ear at a higher volume than one would naturally hear it. If your doctor suspects you may need a hearing aid, they will suggest a hearing test. During the test, the patient wears a pair of headphones through which they hear sounds at different decibels and frequencies and identifies the sounds and on which side they hear them. This test allows your doctor to pinpoint the severity and extent of your hearing loss to determine which hearing aid is best for your condition.

Types of Hearing Aids 
Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes. Behind-the-ear models fit around the back of the ear and rest in the ear canal. In-the-ear styles of hearing aids resemble a seashell and fit into the dish-shaped part of the ear. In-the-canal models fit within the ear and are more discreet than traditional behind-the-ear styles. Completely-in-canal hearing aids fit totally within the ear’s canal, hidden from sight. You can work with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine the best style of hearing aid based on the severity of your condition and preference.

Hearing Aids in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
Hearing loss often begins slowly and gets worse over a long period of time. Some of the signs and symptoms of hearing loss include feeling like others mumble often, difficulty hearing the other party during a telephone call, those around you complaining that the TV or radio is too loud when you feel like it is at a normal volume, or obvious difficulty distinguishing conversations in crowded or loud places. If you think you suffer from hearing loss, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine if you require a hearing test.

For more information on hearing aids and which type of aid will work for you, please contact Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik and Dr. Sabine V. Hesse at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL. Call (954) 966-7000 to schedule your appointment with your ear, nose, and throat doctor today!

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