SLEEP—WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
2020-06-25 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.Read More
Throat Cancer and HPV
2020-07-07 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.Read More
Face to Face with “Long-Haul COVID-19”
2020-07-28 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.Read More
Noses, Nanobodies, Nebulizers, and COVID-19
2020-08-13 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.Read More
Why can’t I understand speech in a noisy environment?
2020-10-05 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.Read More