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Hearing Aids: Myth vs Fact

Hearing Aids: Myth vs Fact

11/23/22 in Blog Posts

"As an audiologist I frequently am asked similar questions by many patients, which illustrates a lot of misinformation regarding hearing aids. Below are some of the questions I’m most asked, as well as more information regarding the topic. Hopefully this helps to clear up some common misconceptions!" - Rebecca Sherman, Au.D., FAAA

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

11/23/22 in Blog Posts

In Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) dizziness is thought to be due to debris which has collected within a part of the inner ear. BPPV is a common cause of dizziness. About 20% of all dizziness is due to BPPV. The older you are, the more likely it is that your dizziness is due to BPPV, as about 50% of all dizziness in older people is due to BPPV.

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Basic Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Basic Guidelines for Healthy Eating

11/23/22 in Blog Posts

Eat a variety of whole plant foods at each meal and in between! 

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Silent Reflux

Silent Reflux

11/23/22 in Blog Posts

Have you ever had recurrent hoarseness? A persistent cough that doesn’t go away? The sensation of a lump in the throat or even pain in the throat that lasts a long time? Would you believe that these are all reflux related symptoms that affect the throat?

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week

11/22/22 in Blog Posts

With the Holidays upon us, we're all looking forward to laughter and relaxation with our loved ones around a table filled with delicious food. And when the feasting is over, we may easily dismiss any heartburn and acid reflux we experience as an unfortunate side effect of holiday eating. But sometimes, heartburn and reflux can be a sign of something much more serious. Something called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

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Thanksgiving & Food Allergies

Thanksgiving & Food Allergies

11/21/22 in Blog Posts

Thanksgiving is an important time to connect with friends and family and to reflect on all you have to be thankful for. Approximately 8% of children and 5% of adults have a food allergy. The most common food allergens include: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, and soy. Keep in mind that in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the most likely allergens are dairy, nuts, wheat, and soy. Fortunately, there are safe substitutions or alternative ingredients that you can use in your recipes.

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Ear Tubes: What are ear tubes and why do they help?

Ear Tubes: What are ear tubes and why do they help?

11/17/22 in Blog Posts

Ear tubes are the most common surgery performed in children with over 600,000 performed in children under 15 years old every year. They are performed for a variety of reasons but most often for recurrent infections or for chronic fluid in the ears resulting in a conductive hearing loss. It can be difficult to know when to refer a child for consideration of ear tubes because the guidelines seem to change frequently and the practice patterns of the otolaryngologists in your area may or may not reflect the guidelines.

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Nosebleeds in Children

Nosebleeds in Children

11/17/22 in Blog Posts

Nosebleeds are common in children and seldom a reason for serious concern. The most common cause of nosebleeds in children is dryness in the nose, often in combination with rubbing the nose, blowing the nose, or picking the nose. Almost all nosebleeds in children come from the anterior nasal septum in a region known as Kesselbach’s plexus. This is an area where several different feeder vessels come together, are often sizable, and are poorly protected by the overlying skin that can dry out, crack, and then produce significant bleeding.

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Swimmer’s Ear in Children

Swimmer’s Ear in Children

11/17/22 in Blog Posts

While most children will never experience any difficulty with their ears, some children’s fun is put on hold when they get severe ear pain from an ear canal infection. Swimmer’s ear is the name commonly given to an infection of the ear canal, also known as acute otitis externa. The ear canal is usually painful, swollen, and often has a thick discharge than can look similar to discharge from an acute otitis media with rupture of the ear drum. The pain and swelling of the ear canal itself distinguishes an acute otitis externa from an acute otitis media with ruptured ear drum.

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Halloween & Food Allergies

Halloween & Food Allergies

10/26/22 in Blog Posts

For families whose children have Food Allergies, Halloween can be a time of fear, exclusion, and frustration. Parents can play an active role in protecting their children and other children on Halloween while still allowing them to take part in the festivities.

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project

10/20/22 in Blog Posts

What is The Teal Pumpkin Project? Raising food allergy awareness and offering the option of non-food trinkets and toys in a separate bowl makes Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters.

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Improving Your Breathing and Life by Improving Your Nasal Airways

Improving Your Breathing and Life by Improving Your Nasal Airways

10/18/22 in Blog Posts

Nasal congestion, also referred to as nasal stuffiness, fullness, or obstruction, is a very common symptom and can cause a significant impact on anyone’s quality of life. There are many causes of a stuffy nose including allergies, a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, or infections. One quarter of the world’s population has nasal symptoms (congestion, runny nose, sneezing) caused by allergies. This can result in difficulty sleeping, focusing on work, or exercising due to their symptoms.

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Mold Avoidance

Mold Avoidance

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

Molds give off spores that get into the air and when inhaled by someone allergic to then can produce symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, coughing, or itchy watery eyes. Molds are found in outdoor air and can enter your home any time you open a door or window. Any house can develop a mold problem with the right conditions.

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National Eczema Awareness Month

National Eczema Awareness Month

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

Eczema is very common. In fact, over 31 million Americans have some form of eczema. Eczema can begin during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and it can range from mild to severe.

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Chronic Hives

Chronic Hives

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

You probably are familiar with hives—red, swollen and very itchy welts that form on the skin. The scientific name for hives is chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). About 20 percent of the population develop hives at some time in their lives.

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Dust Mite Allergy

Dust Mite Allergy

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and carpets. No matter how clean your house is, it’s impossible to completely get rid of dust mites. However, you can limit contact. They thrive in high humidity and on surfaces that contain dead skin flakes.

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Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

Allergen immunotherapy injections or “allergy shots” are prescribed for patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic asthma or life threatening reactions to insect stings. Immunotherapy is the only medical treatment that potentially modifies allergic disease. Studies have shown that it may have a preventive role in allergic children, possibly preventing asthma from developing in some patients with allergic rhinitis. Immunotherapy is considered for individuals who have moderate or severe symptoms not adequately controlled by environmental control measures and/ or medications.

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A Runner’s Guide To Allergies

A Runner’s Guide To Allergies

10/12/22 in Blog Posts

Avoid reactions...make yearly appointments with your allergist to find out what you are allergic to to prevent a serious reaction.

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October is National Audiology Awareness Month

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

10/4/22 in Blog Posts

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.

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"Extreme" Ragweed Pollen Counts Will Exacerbate Fall Allergies

9/29/22 in Blog Posts

As we enter the Fall season, allergy sufferers in New York, New Jersey, and the rest of the Northeast region could be in for a brutal allergy season thanks to certain ragweed pollen, according to a report from a team of AccuWeather forecasters.

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World Sinus Health Awareness Day 2022

World Sinus Health Awareness Day 2022

9/28/22 in Blog Posts

Navigating Your Pathway to Better Sinus Health

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National Penicillin Allergy Day

National Penicillin Allergy Day

9/28/22 in Blog Posts

September 28th is National Penicillin Allergy Day. On this date in 1928, Alexander Flemming discovered penicillin!

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Understanding the Flu Season Ahead

Understanding the Flu Season Ahead

9/21/22 in Blog Posts

Health experts are warning the U.S. to prepare for what could be an exceptionally severe flu season this fall and winter, as more people who have not built-up immunity over the past few years begin to socialize again in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two big reasons why more people could be susceptible to influenza this year. 

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5 Tips to Help Fight Fall Allergies

5 Tips to Help Fight Fall Allergies

9/20/22 in Blog Posts

Get Ahead of Fall Allergies. Relief is within reach!

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Ugh, Dealing With Clogged Ears? Here Are 7 Possible Reasons Why

Ugh, Dealing With Clogged Ears? Here Are 7 Possible Reasons Why

9/15/22 in Blog Posts

ENT doctors give the most common culprits and give advice on how to find relief.

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Want a Pet, But Have Pet Allergies? Here’s What to Do!

Want a Pet, But Have Pet Allergies? Here’s What to Do!

9/12/22 in Blog Posts

Whether you’re choosing a new pet or coming into a situation where a pet is already present, if you have pet allergies, you are going to experience a whole different set of challenges. 

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Signs of Nasal Trauma - Back to School Health

Signs of Nasal Trauma - Back to School Health

8/9/22 in Blog Posts

Nasal Trauma - The human nose serves as a passageway for air to flow from the outside environment into the lower respiratory tract and lungs. The anatomy and location of the nose causes it to easily be exposed to trauma. Nasal trauma is defined as any injury to the nose that results in bleeding, nasal deformity, decreased ability to breathe, and potentially an impaired sense of smell. In fact, nasal trauma accounting for approximately 40 percent of facial bony injuries while play and sports account for most incidents of nasal injuries in children.

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Food Allergies - Back to School Health

Food Allergies - Back to School Health

8/9/22 in Blog Posts

With true food allergies, an individual’s immune system will overreact to an ordinarily harmless food. Food allergy often may appear in someone who has family members with allergies, and symptoms may occur after that allergic individual consumes even a tiny amount of food.

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Ear Pain - Back to School Health

Ear Pain - Back to School Health

8/9/22 in Blog Posts

Ear pain (otalgia) is a common complaint in children. It is important for the cause of ear pain to be uncovered because this symptom can be due to many conditions ranging from mild to very serious. Pain presenting in the ear can have a direct cause or be due to referred pain from another area that radiates to the ear.

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Nose Bleeds - Back to School Health

Nose Bleeds - Back to School Health

8/9/22 in Blog Posts

Epistaxis most commonly arises from the front portion of the nasal septum, the wall that divides the nose into a right and left side. Although the quantity of blood may appear to be great, only a small amount is actually lost during most nosebleeds.

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Asthma - Back to School Health

Asthma - Back to School Health

8/9/22 in Blog Posts

Asthma affects 1 in 12 children. Asthma accounts for missed school days and can be life threatening if not controlled. Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include:

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7 Tips to Help Your Partner Stop Snoring

7 Tips to Help Your Partner Stop Snoring

8/3/22 in Blog Posts

There’s nothing like falling into a deep and restful sleep before awakening abruptly to the sound of your spouse’s snoring. Though your partner’s snoring may have you at your wit’s end, it is essential to remember that snoring can be more than just a nuisance— it could be a medical problem. Help yourself by helping your spouse when you consider these seven ways to stop snoring.

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Don't Let Dizziness Stop You from Doing What You Love

Don't Let Dizziness Stop You from Doing What You Love

8/2/22 in Blog Posts

We’ve all been there. One minute you’re sitting down, enjoying your favorite tv show, and in the next minute, when you quickly stand up, the room begins to spin. If you’ve ever felt the disoriented feeling of being off-balance with lightheadedness and a false sense of motion, then you may have experienced dizzy spells. Dizziness is not a medical condition that stands on its own; instead, it is the symptom of an underlying issue within the body. Read on to discover some of its most typical causes, symptoms and treatment options.

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 7 Causes of Chronic Sore Throat, Plus When You Should Seek Treatment

7 Causes of Chronic Sore Throat, Plus When You Should Seek Treatment

8/2/22 in Blog Posts

Nearly everyone has experienced some degree of sore throat, or pharyngitis, in their lifetime. Pharyngitis is a symptom shared by many illnesses. It occurs when your pharynx (the tube that connects your mouth and nose to your esophagus) becomes inflamed. Inflammation of the pharynx most often develops because of an infection. Still, it can also occur due to environmental factors and other illnesses.  

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The Dos and Don’ts of Hearing Protection

The Dos and Don’ts of Hearing Protection

8/2/22 in Blog Posts

We all know that basic hygiene includes actions like daily showering, brushing your teeth and washing your hands. But have you ever heard of sound hygiene, and how taking a few simple steps can help protect your hearing as you get older?

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Sinus Pain Relief! 5 Ways to Ease the Pain

Sinus Pain Relief! 5 Ways to Ease the Pain

8/2/22 in Blog Posts

Your head is throbbing, and you feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead— sinus pain is setting in. Many people deal with sinus pain due to illnesses like the common cold or sinusitis, but how do they find relief? Below, we’ve assembled a few of our top sinus pain relief tips to help you find sinus pain relief at home. Read on for 5 ways to ease the pain!

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What to Do During an Asthma Attack

What to Do During an Asthma Attack

7/28/22 in Blog Posts

It's important to keep asthma under control year-round and summer is no exception. But summer fun doesn’t have to be a bust for kids with asthma. With some planning and strategies, all kinds of activities are possible as long as your child sticks to their treatment plan and avoids triggers.

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Prevent and Treat Bug Bites NOW!

Prevent and Treat Bug Bites NOW!

7/25/22 in Blog Posts

Summer is a time for picnics and outdoor fun—but the warm weather also brings out mosquitos and annoying biting flies.

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Top 5 Most Common Reasons Patients See Our Speech Pathologists

Top 5 Most Common Reasons Patients See Our Speech Pathologists

6/30/22 in Blog Posts

Top 5 Most Common Reasons Patients See our Speech Pathologists with Kimberly Brownell, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Summer Allergies

Summer Allergies

6/7/22 in Blog Posts

The first official day of summer is right around the corner, and with it, we can all look forward to the warmer summer weather. The seasonal transition, however, isn’t complete without frustrating summer allergies. Allergies can spoil summer fun and vacations, but they can be prevented. The biggest culprits that cause allergy symptoms during the summer months are grass and weed pollens.

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Summer Camp Health

Summer Camp Health

5/31/22 in Blog Posts

Summer camp provides children with the chance to make new friends and learn new skills. Unfortunately, it also puts them at risk for common injuries and ailments associated with outdoor activity and close quarters.

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Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

5/25/22 in Blog Posts

As the world of hearing aids continues to evolve and change, audiologists are receiving more questions than ever. Myriad patients have seen news stories or read articles regarding Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids, and possible Medicare coverage for hearing aids. There are many factors in these complex topics, and many regulations regarding OTC hearing aids are still awaiting final review.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

5/23/22 in Blog Posts

ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP and Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of New York, P.C. Join Together

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Better Hearing & Speech Month

Better Hearing & Speech Month

5/17/22 in Blog Posts

Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? Every May, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association raises awareness about hearing and communication by celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). The theme for 2022 is, “Connecting People.” Hearing and communication are vital ways we experience the world and connect with the people we love.

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The Best Humidifiers to Get You Through Another Winter featuring Dr. Ratika Gupta

The Best Humidifiers to Get You Through Another Winter featuring Dr. Ratika Gupta

4/27/22 in Blog Posts

No matter the space, you need just the right level of humidity to provide a comfortable and healthy environment. Not too much humidity, but not too little. The best humidifier for your home can help make that happen. 

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Should You Clean Your Child's Ears? Featuring Dr. David Mener

Should You Clean Your Child's Ears? Featuring Dr. David Mener

4/27/22 in Blog Posts

Some of the most common questions in a pediatrician’s office are whether or not you should clean your child’s ears and, if so, how you should go about it.1 While gunked-up wax in your kid’s ears isn’t necessarily an attractive look, it’s typically harmless. Earwax even serves a purpose. Of course, sometimes it can build up and interfere with ear health or cause other concerns. If that’s the case, then it should be removed.1 But there are right and wrong ways to go about it. 

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How Bad Is It Really to Hold in a Sneeze?

How Bad Is It Really to Hold in a Sneeze?

4/27/22 in Blog Posts

There was a time when sneezing in certain public situations (like in a movie theater or during a speech) might've been considered bad manners. Now, even the tiniest achoo can make people turn heads. So when the urge starts to strike, should you just...hold it in?

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If You Do This at Night, Your Heart Disease Risk Soars

If You Do This at Night, Your Heart Disease Risk Soars

4/27/22 in Blog Posts

We all have a bad night's sleep from time to time, but if you're regularly missing out on good rest, it could have serious health consequences. Sometimes, however, you might not even notice anything is amiss—and that lack of awareness means you've failed to notice a major warning sign for your heart health. Doctors say that one nighttime habit in particular signals real trouble when it comes to heart disease. Read on to learn about this nocturnal red flag, and what you should do if you're affected.

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Exploring Links Between Tinnitus & Covid-19 featuring Dr. Eric Smouha

Exploring Links Between Tinnitus & Covid-19 featuring Dr. Eric Smouha

4/27/22 in Blog Posts

Now two years since the first wave of Covid-19 arrived in the U.S., and as more and more questions arise about associated issues, we explore the possible connections between tinnitus and Covid-19. Our guest is Dr. Eric Smouha, board-certified in both Otolaryngology and Neurotology, practicing with ENT and Allergy Associates in Manhattan and Melville, NY. For more, visit entandallergy.com.

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What It Means When Your Ears Are Burning (Spiritually & Physically) featuring Dr. Jason Abramowitz

What It Means When Your Ears Are Burning (Spiritually & Physically) featuring Dr. Jason Abramowitz

4/27/22 in Blog Posts

You’ve probably heard the saying that when your ears are burning, it means someone is talking about you. The idiom dates all the way back to first-century Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder’s 37-volume encyclopedia “Naturalis Historia,” which mentions that it is “universally received that absent persons have warning that others are speaking of them, by the tingling of the ears.” Of course, sometimes there are some reasonable physical explanations for why ears burn. But when it seems the symptom just cannot be explained, there are spiritual meanings behind burning ears that you can turn to.

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Voice Self-Assessment

Voice Self-Assessment

4/12/22 in Blog Posts

Voice Handicap Index (VHI-10)

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Audio-Vestibular Symptoms Potentially Associated With COVID-19 Infection

Audio-Vestibular Symptoms Potentially Associated With COVID-19 Infection

3/29/22 in Blog Posts

In this Q&A, otolaryngologist Eric Smouha, MD, answers our questions about the possible association between COVID-19 infection and audio-vestibular symptoms, including the effects of SARS-CoV-2 virus on the inner ear and implications for clinical practice.

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Sleep Awareness Week 2022 - Be your Best Slept Self

Sleep Awareness Week 2022 - Be your Best Slept Self

3/15/22 in Blog Posts

Sleep Awareness Week, 2022, begins right at the start of Daylight Saving Time, when a lot of us might be feeling more tired than usual. The transition between DST and Standard Time is characterized by more morning darkness and evening light. This can essentially “delay” your sleep-wake cycle, making you feel tired in the morning and alert in the evening. The change to Daylight Saving Time reminds us to make beneficial changes in our sleep routines to improve our sleep health.

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Tips to Get a Better Night of Sleep

Tips to Get a Better Night of Sleep

3/15/22 in Blog Posts

Use these tips to get a better night of sleep—so you can spring out of bed in the AM feeling like your Best Slept Self:

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March 3rd is World Hearing Day - To hear for life, listen with care!

March 3rd is World Hearing Day - To hear for life, listen with care!

3/3/22 in Blog Posts

The close collaboration between our audiologists and ENT physicians allows us to recognize and treat problems more quickly and completely, and under one roof!

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International Cochlear Implant Day – February 25th, 2022

International Cochlear Implant Day – February 25th, 2022

2/25/22 in Blog Posts

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.

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How Bad Is It Really to Pick Your Nose?

How Bad Is It Really to Pick Your Nose?

2/11/22 in Blog Posts

Nose picking probably isn't something you'd do in public. But when you're by yourself and you feel something up there, the urge to go digging can sometimes be pretty strong. Which might lead you to wonder: Is nose picking really ​that​ bad?

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Why does it become so quiet after a fresh snowfall?

Why does it become so quiet after a fresh snowfall?

1/28/22 in Blog Posts

Ah, the peacefulness that comes with a fresh snowfall. Does the hush that falls happen because everyone’s hunkered down inside? Well, yes, because people tend to stay home during snowstorms, which means there are fewer people outside and not as many cars on the road. And birds tend to hunker down during severe weather, so they are more quiet during a snowstorm too, according to the National Audubon Society. But there’s actually science behind why the world gets so quiet after a snowfall.

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How to Facilitate Positive Communication with your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss: A Guide

How to Facilitate Positive Communication with your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss: A Guide

1/12/22 in Blog Posts

How to Facilitate Positive Communication with your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss: A Guide

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