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Is it Allergies or Sinusitis? Dec 1st, 2019

When your nose is stuffed, your first concern may be breathing easier, not identifying the cause of your condition. However, there’s more than one cause of nasal inflammation. Sometimes, as with a cold virus, you must simply weather the storm, treating symptoms as best you can. When allergies are the...

What Causes Vertigo (And What Can I Do About It)? Nov 1st, 2019

About 4 in 10 adult Americans experience vertigo at some point in their lives. If you belong to this group, it’s important to note that vertigo is a symptom, not a disorder itself. While generally occurring due to a problem with your vestibular system, the dizziness and balance issues associated with vertigo may...

Signs You May Have Tonsillitis Oct 1st, 2019

If you’ve got a sore throat and a bit of a fever, they may be signs that a cold is coming on. However, add in neck stiffness, swollen and tender lymph nodes, or headaches, and it’s possible that your tonsils may be infected. Tonsillitis is a localized infection that’s also...

Tips for Adjusting to Life With Hearing Aids Sep 1st, 2019

Hearing loss rarely happens overnight, so when you’re suddenly faced with the sound of the world through newly prescribed hearing aids, the abrupt return of volume can be disconcerting and even upsetting.   In fact, this might be a significant factor contributing to “sock drawer” hearing aids, those that end...

What Makes Children More Susceptible to Ear Infections? Aug 2nd, 2019

If it seems like you’re taking your kids to the doctor more for ear infections than any other complaint, it’s because you are. Ear infections, medically called otitis media, are the No. 1 reason why children see a primary caregiver. Five of every six kids will have at least one...

Summertime Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer and Other Sun-Related Skin Issues Jul 3rd, 2019

With the sunny days of summer upon us, it’s a good time to remember that, as good as it feels, too much sun exposure risks a range of ill effects on your skin, from premature aging to cancer. In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of the disease...

Understanding The New TNM Staging System for Thyroid Cancer Jun 1st, 2019

While thyroid cancer isn’t common in America, its incidence is on the rise, perhaps due to more effective screening procedures. It’s also a cancer that usually responds well to treatment. In 2018, new definitions for thyroid cancer stages took effect to more accurately reflect the experience of clinicians across the...

The Best Preventive Measures Against Skin Cancer May 1st, 2019

The warmth of the sun often feels good, particularly after the cool, dull days of winter, but as you likely already know, too much sun has its own drawbacks. As well as causing the discomfort and pain of sunburn, absorbing ultraviolet components of the sun’s rays contributes to some types...

Vertigo and the Risk of Falls Apr 1st, 2019

Virtually everyone has felt dizzy at some point in their life, whether due to playing spinning games as a child or as the result of illness or medical condition. Whenever you feel like the world around you is moving or spinning, the sensation is called vertigo. Vertigo and dizziness can...

3 Reasons Tonsillitis Is Still Commonly Treated Mar 1st, 2019

There was a time when having your tonsils removed was virtually a rite of passage when you were growing up, often the first surgery in a young child’s life. Sections of lymph tissue at the sides of the throat behind your tongue, tonsils are the gateway protectors, part of the...

A Time of Celebration and Thanksgiving! Feb 11th, 2019

A Time of Celebration and Thanksgiving! We have started a new year and the holiday season is winding down. In addition to the more familiar holidays, we recently celebrated a couple of milestones at the Kansas Voice Center. We celebrated the 100th birthday of “the chair” as well as the...

Having Trouble Tasting and Smelling? This Could Be a Sign of Sinusitis Feb 1st, 2019

Did you recently notice that Sunday dinner didn’t have quite the same appeal? Your appetite was fine, but perhaps the house didn’t seem filled with the appealing aroma, and the food didn’t taste as delicious as usual, either. Relax, it’s probably not a sudden loss of cooking skills. You may...

What You Should Know If You Feel a Lump On Your Neck Jan 7th, 2019

It may be surprising and upsetting when you discover a lump on your neck that you haven’t previously noticed. The good news is that neck lumps are common and most often harmless. They can come in different sizes and textures, and they’re usually non-cancerous. But there are a few types...

Ear Tube Surgery: All Your Questions Answered Dec 7th, 2018

Chances are good you’ll have questions when you come home from your doctor with ear tubes recommended for your child. Relax, as it’s a common procedure for a common condition in children. The spaces behind our eardrums are normally vented through natural drainage tubes called the eustachian tubes, but frequent,...

5 Signs You May be Suffering From Age-Related Hearing Loss Nov 21st, 2018

Since nearly 50% of all Americans over the age of 65 have some level of hearing loss, it’s likely that you or many of those around you will be affected. Hearing loss in older people can be the product of years of exposure to loud noise, or it could result...

Diagnosing and Treating Tongue-Tie in Babies Oct 8th, 2018

Being tongue-tied is never comfortable, but when it’s a physical condition and it involves your child, it could mean they have trouble eating or speaking. The culprit is a band of flesh under the tongue that’s easily treated once it’s diagnosed. Title: Diagnosing and Treating Tongue-Tie in BabiesFor many people,...

How We Can Help Remedy Recurrent Nosebleeds Sep 26th, 2018

Occasional nosebleeds are common. If you have a few after a particularly bad respiratory infection or another during the dry months of winter, there’s likely no fundamental issue, and you won’t need treatment beyond a supply of clean, absorbent material. The wound will heal and you’re good to go until...

That Sounded Great! Sep 6th, 2018

August 28, 2018That Sounded Great! I just returned from a wonderful event at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas. The event took place in the auditorium and was titled: Gael Hannan: I’m Hearing as Hard as I Can. The event was the public debut for the new hearing loop...

Signs of Sudden Hearing Loss Aug 27th, 2018

If you wake up one morning and find that the hearing in one of your ears is considerably reduced, you may be experiencing sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), which develops in approximately 4,000 adults in the United States each year. The good news is that if they get quick treatment,...

5 Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer Jul 25th, 2018

More people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. If that statistic doesn’t grab your attention, then maybe this one will: one in five people will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.Thankfully, most skin cancer is highly treatable, and curable if...