Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans. It causes pauses in breathing while a person sleeps. It affects all age groups, including children.
Sleep apnea is not like any other sleep disorder. If left undetected and untreated, it can cause serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or heart issues.
Hence, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better. That being said, unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed. No blood test can Read more […]
Intense pressure, pain, congestion and headaches. These are typical symptoms of a condition more than 700,000 Washingtonians are living with called chronic sinusitis.
Now a new, minimally-invasive treatment is providing desperately sought relief to patients without any surgery.
Paula Davis has suffered from chronic sinus infections for years. She feels it in her eyes, her cheeks – a stabbing pain that won’t go away.
Ear, nose and throat doctor Michael Siegel says she has chronic sinusitis, Read more […]
In any patient with severe snoring, there is a possibility of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a potentially life threatening condition caused by a complete collapse of your airway when getting into deep sleep. This can be mild, moderate or severe. Patients with mild or sometimes moderate apnea can be excellent patients for surgical procedures to stop snoring whereas moderate to severe apnea may be treated best with a CPAP machine (a device that pushes air into you nose or mouth during Read more […]
Nearly 30 million Americans have impaired hearing. The most common cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media. For the elderly-the largest group affected-excessive noise, drugs, toxins, and heredity are the most frequent contributing factors.
Hearing loss is a medical disorder. In a limited number of patients, it can be surgically corrected; medical devices and rehabilitation can substantially reduce hearing loss in the vast majority of patients who cannot be helped by surgery. The medical Read more […]
Hearing loss associated with brain shrinkage, with increased risk of dementia, falling, hospitalization and overall decline in physical and mental health. Article provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine 2014
Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fasttracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated Read more […]
HOW DO WE HEAR?
When a person speaks or something makes a sound it creates vibrations or movement of the air. This movement of the air enters our outer ear, through the ear canal and hits our eardrum which causes it to vibrate. The eardrum is connected to three small bones in the middle part of the ear and those also begin to move.
The last of the three bones is connected to the inner or nerve part of the ear. The inner ear is shaped like a conch shell and is filled with fluid and hair-like Read more […]
An evaluation to confirm the safety and efficacy of balloon sinuplasty in the paranasal sinuses was performed. This study of 115 patients investigates paranasal balloon catheter devices that represent a recently developed suite of small, flexible tools that enable surgeons to endoscopically create an opening in a patientâ€™s blocked or narrowed sinus ostia while maximizing tissue preservation and minimizing iatrogenic mucosal injury.
Initial evidence of the safety and effectiveness of balloon Read more […]
The preservation of normal structures, restoration of sinus ventilation, and physiologic mucous drainage are central, time-tested principles used in treating patients with sinusitis as reported by the leaders of the development of endoscopic sinus surgery, including Drs. Nauman, Messerklinger, Stammberger, and Kennedy over the last 40 years.
During this time, many instruments have been used to open obstructed sinus ostia including curettes, grasping forceps, probes, seekers, tissue-sparing forceps, Read more […]
In 2006, Drs. Siegel and Bosworth along with several physicians from Johns Hopkins University were the first physicians on the East Coast to perform balloon sinuplasty. This procedure is similar to balloon angioplasty where the heart arteries are dilated with a balloon on a catheter. In balloon sinuplasty a guide wire is gently advanced through the nose into a sinus opening. A balloon is then inflated, permanently widening the sinus opening. The balloon is then removed.
This procedure is useful Read more […]
Snoring is a very common problem. At least 45% of normal adults snore occasionally and 25% snore every night. It is more common in males and persons who are overweight. Snoring also tends to worsen with age.
Most people are unaware that they snore; it is often brought to their attention by a sleepless bed partner. Many couples have been sleeping separately for years so that at least one of them can get a full night’s sleep. Besides loneliness, a poor night’s sleep can lead to decreased job performance Read more […]