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blog post on 10/5/20

Why can’t I understand speech in a noisy environment?

10/5/20 in Blog Posts

The most common form of hearing loss worldwide is difficulty understanding words in the presence of background sound or noise. Sometimes termed “hidden hearing loss”, this is a problem that is difficult to diagnose because the standard hearing test (audiogram) cannot measure this type of hearing loss. There is currently no FDA-approved drug or surgery for treatment of this hearing problem. During the past 10 years, we have gained insight into the causes and possible remedies for this issue.

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blog post on 10/5/20

Head and Neck Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

10/5/20 in Blog Posts

Head and Neck Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy - A needle biopsy is a common technique for diagnosing lumps in the head and neck region. The procedure is formally called fine needle aspiration (FNA) and involves pulling cells into a small needle for analysis. Below, I have answered common questions about the procedure to help you become a more informed patient and to hopefully remove some of the anxiety from the experience...What is a needle biopsy procedure and why might you need one?

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blog post on 9/24/20

Understanding the Flu, Vaccinations and Preventative Treatment

9/24/20 in Blog Posts

ENT and Allergy Associates, the nation’s preeminent otolaryngology and allergy specialty and sub-specialty practice, would like to inform our communities of vital preventative measures to limit the spread of the flu this season. In preparation for the increasing incidence of the virus in our communities, ENTA's physicians would like to offer tips to help identify flu symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus.

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blog post on 8/27/20

Back To School In Good Health

8/27/20 in Blog Posts

With a new school year just around the corner, chances are you're preparing your children for being back in the classroom. While you’re ensuring your child has the proper equipment and supplies to start the new year right, you also want to make sure your child is as healthy as possible before hitting the books again.  Establishing healthy habits now can help ease their transition back into the classroom and improve their overall health throughout the school year.   Try these tips to make this the best and healthiest school year yet: 

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blog post on 8/13/20

Noses, Nanobodies, Nebulizers, and COVID-19

8/13/20 in Blog Posts

As the world waits for the first effective anti-SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) vaccine, we face significant limits on stopping or slowing the pandemic.  We have relied on social distancing, quarantine, hand washing, contact tracing, testing, and the use of barriers (masks, respirators, gloves, goggles, gowns, etc.). to prevent transmission of the virus from one individual to another.  These measures (aside from testing) have been known for over a hundred years and were used to stop the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1917-1919. Now researchers from the University of California-San Francisco and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced on August 11, 2020 the use of synthetic nanobodies to block the virus from infecting our cells.

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blog post on 8/11/20

80+ ENTA Doctors Named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors

8/11/20 in Blog Posts

80+ ENTA Doctors Named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors

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blog post on 7/28/20

Common Summertime ENT & Allergy Related Issues

7/28/20 in Blog Posts

Common Summertime ENT & Allergy Related Issues: Are Ear infections, Swimmer's Ear, Asthma, Eye Allergies, Insect Stings, or Sinus Problems conditions interfering with your summer plans?

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blog post on 7/28/20

Face to Face with “Long-Haul COVID-19”

7/28/20 in Blog Posts

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on in our communities, doctors’ understandings of the origin, signs and symptoms, treatment, recovery and aftermath of the viral infection is growing at a tremendous rate. ENTA doctors who are on the front lines of this disease have come face-to-face (literally—though with N95 masks and sometimes face shields on!) with some of the long-term effects of this virus. We pass some current understanding and theories on to you.

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blog post on 7/10/20

FOLLOW ENT AND ALLERGY ASSOCIATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

7/10/20 in Blog Posts

FOLLOW ENT AND ALLERGY ASSOCIATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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blog post on 7/7/20

Throat Cancer and HPV

7/7/20 in Blog Posts

Over the past century, doctors have regarded cancer of the oropharynx (part of the throat) as a disease primarily of smokers and drinkers. These traditional twin risks of oropharyngeal cancer have now been eclipsed by a new predator—HPV—and a new generation of victims is now at risk. Fortunately, a new viral test and a vaccine may limit those risks.

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blog post on 6/25/20

SLEEP—WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

6/25/20 in Blog Posts

Specialists in obstructive sleep apnea medicine and surgery at ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP have recognized the long-underappreciated role of sleep and are in the forefront of developing new perspectives, diagnosis modalities, treatment paradigms, and minimally invasive procedures for the benefit of our affected patients.

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blog post on 6/15/20

First-aid for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

6/15/20 in Blog Posts

If you have been in lock-down with a snorer or snore yourself, then you already know that snoring is not a laughing matter.  Snoring is not only a major problem for home life, but for many it is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a dangerous condition. If OSA is severe enough, it can greatly increase one’s risk for dementia, stroke, heart attack and even cancer. The good news is that the situation is not hopeless, with help readily available. Snoring can be checked and tracked using phone apps such as SnoreLab and a sleep apnea test can be comfortably done at home using a device such as the WatchPAT,  provided from our office.

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blog post on 6/10/20

Why You Should Not Delay Medical Care for your ENT and Allergy Issues

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

Patients are still having acute asthma attacks, rashes, ear infections and sinus pain and problems smelling. Your allergist and immunologists are available for asthma treatments. Your difficulty smelling may have started from a COVID infection many weeks ago, maybe even an asymptomatic one, but if it continues to persist this could actually be caused by nasal polyps, which need to be diagnosed and treated.  A persistent sinus infection that is not properly treated can continue to get worse, and you need a physical exam to actually determine whether your sinus symptoms are a bacterial infection, possibly a viral infection, or just allergies. 

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blog post on 6/10/20

A Singer’s Bane - The Common Cold

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

It’s a few days before your performance, and you’ve been rehearsing for weeks or even months for this. All of a sudden you feel a slight tickle in your throat, and the feeling of dread that accompanies it – am I coming down with something?

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blog post on 6/10/20

Overcoming Stress - Doctor Visits During COVID-19

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

As a doctor at ENT and Allergy Associates, I understand that every doctor visit now brings with it a new sense of anxiety. It is natural to wonder, “am I putting myself at risk?”

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blog post on 6/10/20

IS IT JUST ME, OR IS WEARING HEADPHONES ALL DAY MAKING MY EARS SUPER WAXY?

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

IS IT JUST ME, OR IS WEARING HEADPHONES ALL DAY MAKING MY EARS SUPER WAXY? Featuring Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar & Dr. Jason Abramowitz

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blog post on 6/10/20

Facial Plastic Surgery in COVID Times

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

Facial Plastic Surgery is a subspecialty of ENT. At ENT and Allergy, we have fellowship trained Facial Plastic Surgeons scattered throughout our offices. We perform both functional and cosmetic facial plastic procedures. Functional procedures consist of, for example, a functional rhinoplasty.

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blog post on 6/10/20

Don’t Delay the Ear, Nose and Throat Care You Need

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

Recently, the amount of coronavirus cases in the New York metropolitan area has been slowly decreasing. Earlier in the COVID-19 outbreak, nonessential and nonurgent appointments and surgeries were postponed and rescheduled to slow the spread of the virus and preserve medical resources. Now that circumstances are improving, we would like to remind you that this does not mean that all healthcare needs to disappear.

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blog post on 6/10/20

Hearing Loss & Face Masks

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic communication may be more important than ever. The combination of social distancing and quarantine has left many people feeling isolated. For those with hearing loss, that isolation may be amplified. Some individuals with hearing loss rely on lip reading and facial expressions to help understand a conversation, while others are unable to hear conversations from a distance. When conversing in person, necessary face masks remove the option of lip reading and result in muffled speech.

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blog post on 6/10/20

Coronavirus Pandemic - The Effects on our Health 

6/10/20 in Blog Posts

You’ve read the news and watched the press conferences – the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on our health and economy, particularly for those of us living in New York and New Jersey.

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blog post on 5/18/20

Sinus Infection Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

5/18/20 in Blog Posts

The sinuses are air filled spaces in the bones that make up our skull that our connected to our nasal passages. They have similar lining to the rest of the nose. They have several functions, including circulating the air that we breathe in through our nose, moistening the air, and keeping our skulls lighter for our spine. The sinuses have outflow channels, or tracts, that allows them to move circulate mucus into the nose. When their outflow tract gets blocked it leads to sinus pain. Once blocked, it allows bacteria to grow into the sinuses and progresses to bacterial sinusitis.

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blog post on 5/12/20

9 Foods That May Help Ease Your Allergies

5/12/20 in Blog Posts

Seasonal allergies can be a nightmare, but some foods, including fish and vitamin C-rich veggies, may help relieve allergy symptoms.  When the spring season starts, so does allergy season. The itchy eyes, runny nose, and dry coughs are irritating reminders you should stock up on your allergy medicine. But, perhaps closely monitoring your diet, specifically, the foods you eat, could alleviate some common allergy symptoms.

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blog post on 3/23/20

Hearing Aid Hygiene

3/23/20 in Blog Posts

Considering recent events, it is more important than ever to be diligent in the cleaning of our hearing aids and ensure we are taking the proper precautions before putting our devices directly into our ears. Before putting our hearing aids on for the day, our hands should be thoroughly clean and dry. Make sure the aids are all the way in your ears and comfortable so that there’s no need to remove and readjust them with soiled hands throughout the day. If necessary, use hand sanitizer before and after removing and reinserting your hearing aids while away from home.

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blog post on 3/23/20

Social Distancing and its Consequences: Not a New Problem for Millions

3/23/20 in Blog Posts

Amid the constant news cycle reporting data on the novel Coronavirus and talks of “flattening the curve”, the prevailing advice from experts is to socially distance ourselves (or, to put it simply, stay away from others).  While this technique is essential for decreasing the spread of diseases, some have warned of possible (though necessary) consequences - including the negative impact that a decrease in social interaction can have on our physical and mental well-being. While this topic is being thrust into the spotlight due to current events, the issue of social distancing is not a new one for many people in the United States. 

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blog post on 3/5/20

Ear, Nose, Throat…, and Eyes?

3/5/20 in Blog Posts

The combination of both hearing and vision impairment, referred to as dual-sensory impairment (DSI) is a chronic condition becoming more prevalent as the baby boomers reach older ages.

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blog post on 3/3/20

Hidden Hearing Loss: Uncovered

3/3/20 in Blog Posts

“I can’t hear my friends and family when there’s background noise!” This is a common complaint in our offices. Many people come to get their hearing tested expecting the audiologist to diagnose them with hearing loss. Sometimes we do. Other times, hearing impairment does not appear on a traditional pure-tone audiogram. Why is that?

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blog post on 2/11/20

When Should you See a Throat Specialist?

2/11/20 in Blog Posts

ENT specialists are the healthcare providers who focus on treating diseases and disorders concerning with ear, nose and throat. From the collar bone and up is mostly fair game. As the name suggests, ENT doctors are particularly skilled with treating ailments of the ear, nose and throat.

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blog post on 2/11/20

What are Nasal Polyps?

2/11/20 in Blog Posts

What are Nasal Polyps? Nasal polyps are soft and painless growths of the lining of the nasal passageway and sinuses. These noncancerous growths resemble grapes and result from chronic inflammation. Nasal polyps are associated with chronic sinusitis, asthma, drug sensitivity (aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen), seasonal allergies or several immune disorders. ENT physicians at ENTA can treat nasal polyps and prevent further growth.

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blog post on 1/30/20

Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Hearing Loss

1/30/20 in Blog Posts

Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Hearing Loss Christina Tornatore, B.S., 4th Year Audiology Extern Doctoral Candidate in Audiology, Towson University

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blog post on 1/29/20

Your Mystery Food Sensitivity Might Actually Be a Histamine Intolerance

1/29/20 in Blog Posts

Your Mystery Food Sensitivity Might Actually Be a Histamine Intolerance If you feel off after eating avocados and chocolate, you need to read this.

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blog post on 1/10/20

Craig Zalvan's Medical Mission to Lima for "Laryngology Teaching" 

1/10/20 in Blog Posts

Craig Zalvan's Medical Mission to Lima for "Laryngology Teaching" 

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blog post on 1/9/20

Recreational Noise Damage: What You Need to Know

1/9/20 in Blog Posts

There is no denying that our world is getting louder. Nearly everyone has been in a situation where the individual next to you is listening to their music so loudly that you feel as though you are the one wearing the headphones. If you cannot relate to this, then perhaps you are the person in question.

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