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Understanding Parathyroid Disorders Nov 5th, 2021

Most people know that calcium is an integral part of their bones, the hard material that gives strength to their skeleton. These seemingly solid components of your body are, however, in constant renewal.  Calcium from your bones is also a reservoir for serum calcium in your bloodstream. This level is...

What Causes Tongue Tie? Oct 8th, 2021

About 5% of the population is born with tongue tie, the common name for ankyloglossia. While extreme cases are detected during infancy, it’s possible for the condition to cause few issues, allowing a person to adapt.  Tongue tie could then cause complications later in life, even though the condition is...

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Ignore Snoring Sep 7th, 2021

Not everyone who snores has a health problem, particularly when snoring is occasional and disturbs no one. However, snoring is often a symptom of a potentially serious sleep disorder that could lead to other chronic health issues.  Yet, snoring is so common for many people, it may seem as though...

What's Involved in Voice Therapy? Aug 12th, 2021

Voice disorders, medically known as dysphonia, are persistent changes to your normal voice, the result of problems with the process of speech. While there are many causes behind dysphonia, voice therapy is a common treatment for many patients.  Voice therapy helps you to “unlearn” speech habits that take a toll...

Lifestyle Adjustments for Vertigo Jul 26th, 2021

Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness or spinning that virtually everyone has experienced, even if it’s just for an instant. It could happen when you get up too quickly, and your vestibular system momentarily loses orientation.  For some people, though, vertigo is a more frequent problem. It isn’t a disease...

Corrective Voice Therapy: What to Expect Jun 20th, 2021

Voice disorders can strike anyone, of any age, often in response to straining or overuse, which results in a condition called dysphonia. The raspy, breathy voice that’s typical of dysphonia usually clears up within a week or so.   For some people, though, dysphonia persists longer, and this can be a...

5 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Skin Cancer May 12th, 2021

As many as 20% of Americans will experience skin cancer by the time they reach the age of 70. It’s the most common form of cancer in the United States, and in many cases, it may be preventable by protecting yourself from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun...

Sinusitis: Understanding the 4 Underlying Causes Apr 1st, 2021

The viruses responsible for the common cold create an infection that causes the lining of your sinuses to swell and inflame.  Though sinuses are normally air-filled, the swelling traps fluid, creating that plugged and achy feeling as well as the seemingly endless supply of mucus that makes you  burn through...

What to Do About Impacted Earwax Mar 3rd, 2021

Your ears have several natural guardians, keeping foreign objects and pathogens at bay. Small hairs line the walls of the ear canals, and these walls also manufacture a waxy substance called cerumen, though it’s more commonly known as earwax.  Earwax is constantly being produced, and it normally advances out of...

Are My Dizzy Spells a Sign of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo? Feb 19th, 2021

Virtually everyone experiences minor episodes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), the medical name for the brief dizziness you may experience when you move quickly, changing your head position. The sudden movement sends your sense of balance spinning for a second or two. It’s normal and generally harmless.  BPPV is...

4 Signs of Age-Related Hearing Loss Jan 13th, 2021

It’s called presbycusis, but you likely know it as age-related hearing loss. It affects about 25% of the population who reach the age of 65, and it often develops because of gradual changes to parts of your ear or nerves that connect to your brain. Other circumstances, such as prolonged...

How Corrective Voice Therapy Helps to Treat Dysphonia Dec 15th, 2020

Dysphonia refers to any disorder that affects your normal voice. Overuse of your voice is a common risk factor, but there are many others.  When you’re affected, you have essentially three treatment options, depending on what is causing your condition. One of these three is corrective voice therapy, a conservative...

Why Won't My Baby Breastfeed? Nov 12th, 2020

There are many reasons, known and unknown, why babies resist breastfeeding. In many cases, it’s impossible to know what factor or combination of factors adds up to inefficient feeding. A lactation consultant can be a great resource for breastfeeding problems.   Often, the problem is short-lived: As instinct and learning kick...

It's Time for Your Post-Summer Skin Cancer Check Oct 5th, 2020

One sunburn won’t cause the changes to skin cells that turn into cancer, but it adds to your previous exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) components of sunlight.  Those cumulative effects, however, can cause precancerous mutations five or more years down the road. It could be much longer before there are...

Recognizing the Signs of Early Hearing Loss Sep 16th, 2020

People who reach their 75th birthday have a 1 in 2 chance of doing so with hearing loss severe enough to be disabling. Yet, instead of this 50% rate at age 75, it’s only 2% for those 45-54 years old.  The onset of age-related hearing loss is often gradual, developing...

Could That Tooth Pain Be Related to Sinusitis? Aug 14th, 2020

You might not think it’s time to visit Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates when you feel a toothache. However, when it comes to ear, nose, and throat problems, your teeth can be innocent bystanders.  It’s not your first call, obviously. You’ll visit your dentist, who will rule out dental problems. That’s when...

Why Children Are More Prone to Ear Infections — Especially in Summer Jul 17th, 2020

Another ear infection? It’s probably not your imagination if it seems like your child just got over a previous infection. Children are far more susceptible to ear infections than adults. Five out of every six children have at least one ear infection before they turn 3 years old. Summer is...

Why You Should Never Ignore Pain While Swallowing Jun 26th, 2020

Most people take swallowing for granted. Not only is it an automatic response while you’re eating, you swallow saliva frequently throughout the day. Most people also know the feeling of swallowing difficulties that accompany sore throats when they’re ill. This may be a problem only every few years, and after...

The Science Behind Dysphonia May 21st, 2020

The term dysphonia sounds serious. To call it a hoarse voice doesn’t seem quite so bad. However, both are generic terms that cover a range of voice disorders that make you sound like, well, somebody else, and usually not in a good way.  Defining a voice disorder usually means meeting...

5 Facts About Sunscreen You Should Know Apr 24th, 2020

It’s amazing, isn’t it? The sunscreen that disappears as you apply it still protects you from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) components of sunlight. If you’ve ever had a sun-generated handprint or a random, awkward tan line, you know that your lotion is doing the job, even when the application process...

Ear Pain: Is it an Infection? Mar 11th, 2020

Earaches are common in children, but you’re not exempt once you exit the teen years. Adults can get them too. While it’s common to equate earaches with infection, it’s not always a for-sure diagnosis. If there’s a sore ear in your house, it’s an ideal time to visit the ear...

Why Wintertime Skin Care Matters Feb 1st, 2020

It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, your skincare needs to change with the seasons. While many people tend to spend the winter months indoors, the lack of exposure to cold temperatures and icy elements doesn’t mean you’re off the hook where your skin is concerned. Plenty...

Dysphonia: Why is My Voice so Raspy? Jan 3rd, 2020

Any condition that affects the normal sound of your voice is classified medically as dysphonia. Most commonly, it means you experience a hoarse, raspy, or weak sound. It could be temporary, such as part of the symptoms of a cold or throat infection, and sometimes there’s no observable cause for the...

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...