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By South Florida ENT Associates
June 09, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss is one of the most common public health issues in the United States behind arthritis and heart disease according to the hearing issuesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One out of three adults over the age of 65 suffers from some degree of hearing loss, and as many as 15% of children and teenagers between the ages of 6 - 19 suffer from some degree of non-congenital hearing loss. There are four stages of hearing loss:

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe
  • Profound

There are several options available for managing hearing loss, depending on factors like the cause, severity and the patient. The otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL offer a range of hearing aid devices for adults and children living with hearing loss.

Hearing Aids in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL

Hearing aids amplify sounds so that you can communicate and follow conversations in both quiet and louder settings, as well as enjoy watching TV and other forms of media without straining to hear. Hearing aids are electrical devices that consist of a microphone, and amplifier, and speaker that help capture, transmit and amplify sounds by turning them into electrical signals. They can be worn in one or both ears, and come in several styles including:

  • In the ear
  • Behind the ear
  • Canal
  • Mini behind the ear

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), hearing aids are best suited for suffering from sensorineural hearing loss, which results from damage to the sensory (hair) cells in the inner ear. The hearing aid works with the remaining healthy hair cells in the ear to convert sound vibrations into neural signals in the brain. Although the level of amplification in a hearing aid can be adjusted to accommodate the degree of damage, they will not work with severely damaged hair cells.

Signs of Hear Loss - When to See an Otolaryngologist

Some of the most common signs of hear loss include:

  • Difficulty hearing what people are saying
  • Speech sounds like mumbling
  • Difficulty hearing the tv or radio at normal volume
  • Difficulty hearing in both loud, crowded settings as well as in one on one conversations or in small groups

Find and Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL

For more information on the signs and treatment options for hearing loss, contact South Florida ENT Associates by calling (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Jassir or Dr. Mark Sukenik today.

By South Florida ENT Associates
February 15, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

What Your ENT specialists in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood want you to knowallergies

If you have allergies, you know how miserable they can be. You’ve experienced the runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. The good news is you can get relief from allergies. Your ear, nose and throat specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, want to help you control your allergy symptoms.

Allergies are caused by your body’s reaction to an irritating substance, called an allergen. Common allergens can be from animals, foods or plants. You can also experience allergy symptoms throughout the year. Common spring and summer allergens include grass or tree pollen. In the fall or winter, you may experience indoor allergies from mold, pet dander or dust mites.

Fortunately, you can do something about your allergies, but the first thing to do is find out what you are allergic to. Your ENT specialists will do comprehensive allergy testing to determine what your body is reacting to. Common allergy testing methods include:

  • Skin tests; injecting small amounts of allergen slightly under the skin; a positive reaction usually happens within 20 minutes.
  • Challenge tests; you ingest or inhale a small amount of allergen and wait for a reaction; this test is used to determine food or medication allergies.
  • Blood tests; a small amount of blood is sent to a laboratory for testing.

Once the allergy testing is complete, there are effective treatments to cope with your allergies, including allergy injections and sublingual drop therapy.

There are many things you can do at home too in order to limit exposure to allergens and decrease your symptoms. Consider:

  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
  • Nasal irrigation with saline solution to clean out your nasal passages
  • Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
  • Frequently vacuuming or replacing carpeting with hardwood floors
  • Using hypoallergenic pillowcases and bedding
  • Keeping pets from coming into your bedroom and off of furniture
  • Closing windows and doors in spring and summer to limit pollen exposure

You don’t have to deal with your allergies alone. Allergy relief is just a phone call away from your ear, nose and throat specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL. Call today and feel better!

By South Florida ENT Associates
November 23, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Loss   Hearing Aids  

Despite the growing prevalence of hearing problems among an aging population in the United States, many people fail to seek hearing aidtreatment for their symptoms. The otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, recommend scheduling an appointment at the first signs of hearing problems for both children and adults. Depending on the nature and cause of the problem, hearing aid devices can offer relief for some forms of hearing loss.

Statistics suggest that over 30 million Americans (17% adults) report some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Although generally associated with aging, people of all ages can suffer from hearing impairment at any time for a number of reasons, such as injuries that affect the transmission of sounds through the ear, or genetic and hereditary conditions.

Hearing Loss Diagnosis and Treatment in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL

Because the mechanisms by which the various parts of the human ear process and transmit sound to the brain are incredibly complex, the type of hearing loss, and the best form of treatment, depends on the part of the ear that is affected. Hearing aids help to amplify sounds, so that people with hearing difficulties can follow conversations and hear background noise in their environment.

Am I Candidate for a Hearing Aid?

The first step in determining whether you are suffering from hearing loss, and finding the best treatment option is to undergo a comprehensive evaluation by a hearing specialist. Hearing aids are programmable devices that can be worn either behind or inside the ear, and help to amplify volume and sounds according to the individual's environment (a loud public environment like a coffee shop vs. a quiet room with one or two people having a conversation, for example). While hearing aids do not reverse or treat hearing loss, they can help users follow and participate in conversations, in addition to processing sounds from various environments.

Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL

For more information on the risks and causes of hearing loss, and to find out if a hearing aid is a good option for you or your child, contact South Florida ENT Associates by calling (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment today.

By South Florida ENT Associates
August 26, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Find out if a balloon sinuplasty could finally alleviate your chronic sinusitis symptoms.

It’s not unusual for people to experience a sinus infection at some point during their lifetime. However, it is certainly not normal to balloon sinuplastyexperience these symptoms for more than 12 weeks at a time. If you have been fighting inflamed sinuses that have been causing you nasal congestion, facial pressure, pain or a runny nose, then it’s time you talked to our Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL ENT doctors Dr. David Jassir and Dr. Mark Sukenik about your treatment options.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This nonsurgical procedure is designed to open up inflamed and blocked nasal passages to help treat chronic sinusitis (sinus infections). This outpatient procedure is a fast and easy way to provide relief from your sinus pain and other symptoms. Plus, there is absolutely no incisions or cutting involved.

When is a good time to consider this treatment?

If one of our Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL otolaryngologists has diagnosed you with chronic sinusitis and regular medications are not giving you the relief you need, you could be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Those with chronic and recurrent sinusitis can often eliminate their symptoms just by getting this procedure.

What does the procedure entail?

Instead of cutting or removing part of the bone or tissue, balloon sinuplasty places a small balloon catheter into the sinuses where we will inflate the balloon to help enlarge and drain the sinuses. Then a saline solution is sprayed into the sinuses to remove any buildup of mucus. Once the sinuses have been treated, the balloon will be removed.

What is the recovery time?

Since you won’t be undergoing surgery and the procedure is minimally invasive, you should be able to return to your daily routine after about two days.

Will my sinusitis go away after this treatment?

Most patients notice a vast improvement in their symptoms after their treatment. In fact, many patients even report still experiencing the same relief that they did after their sinuplasty two years later.

Turn to the sinusitis specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL to find out more about balloon sinuplasty and whether it is right for you. Call our office today to schedule your consultation.

By South Florida ENT Associates
May 31, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Tags: ENT  

If you are experiencing an ear ache, don’t ignore the pain. Chances are, you need the help of an ear, nose and throat specialist such as the staff of South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL.

Many associate ear aches and ear infections with children because they -- especially young children -- so commonly contract ear Ear Infectionsinfections. But the truth is, ear pain should never be ignored – and anyone at any time of life can get an ear infection.

Usually, an ear infection is a secondary infection – a progression from a cold or sinus infection, for example -- caused by bacteria or a virus in the middle ear. Basically, what happens is that fluid builds up behind the ear drum. This traps bacteria and causes inflammation. Symptoms will usually occur fairly rapidly and can include ear pain, trouble hearing, and/or discharge from the ear.

Although ear infections can be painful, usually they are not serious. However, any infection is a problem that needs to be alleviated as soon as possible. Occasionally ear infections can cause complications. These can range from mild to extremely serious and can include, but are not limited to tearing of the eardrum, loss of hearing, and spread of the infection. In rare instances, an ear infection can progress into meningitis, a potentially fatal condition in which the brain or tissues surrounding the brain become infected and inflamed.

Depending on the cause and severity of your ear infection, your Hollywood and Pembroke Pines ENT may recommend any of a number of treatment options up to and including antibiotics and prescription medications. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions carefully. If your ENT prescribes antibiotics, be sure to take them all as directed.

If you feel pain in your ear, see some type of discharge, or suddenly have problems hearing, see your ENT as soon as possible.

Remember, do not ignore your pain – pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong and needs to be addressed. For more information contact South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL at (954) 966-9000.

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