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Parker Ear Nose & Throat of Fairfield County offers a full range array of services to help you stay healthy and improve your life...

Westport Snoring Treatment
...   The Pillar Procedure is a simple and effective Westport snoring treatment provided at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield County...

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How to Know Whether or Not You Need a Hearing Aid
...D, an ear, nose and throat doctor in Norwalk & Westport, CT, can tell you whether or not you need a hearing aid...

Lyric Hearing Aids and You
...It is a 100% invisible hearing device that is placed inside your ear canal by your ear, nose, and throat doctor...

Treating Your Snoring Helps Your Health
...The obstruction can be caused by the airway becoming narrower, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, too much nasal tissue or inflammation of the tissues in your throat...

A TONSILLECTOMY WITH LESS PAIN? IT CAN HAPPEN!
...  If you would like to learn more about having a Thermal Fusion tonsillectomy, call the office of Parker Ear Nose & Throat at (203) 866-8121...

Tonsillectomy with Thermal Fusion
...Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to talk to your Norwalk ENT doctor: If you suffer from recurrent tonsillitis If you have chronic strep throat for at least a year despite treatments You have tonsil abscesses that don’t respond to drainage If tonsils are so large that they cause sleep apnea Want to find out if a tonsillectomy will help with persistent tonsil infections...

Tonsils
Home >Services >Crowns and Bridges Treat Tonsillitis in Norwalk & New Canaan, CT Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands at the back of the throat, visible through the mouth)...

Sinus Pain
... For more information on Sinus Pain, call Parker Ear Nose & Throat of Fairfield County in Norwalk & New Canaan, CT at 203-866-8121!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea
...This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula...

What Are Common Sinus Pain Treatment Options?
...Luckily, relief is available at your Westport, CT ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr...

What is sleep apnea?
...However, there are certain factors that increase your risk: Male Overweight Middle-aged or older Of African-American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander heritage Have swollen tonsils or throat tissues Have a deviated septum in the nose Central sleep apnea is a condition in which the brain does not send the correct breathing signals to your body...

What Causes Snoring?
...Andrew Parker, your ENT doctor at Parker Ear Nose & Throat of Fairfield County in Norwalk and Westport, CT, is here to tell you more about this condition...

Treatment Options For Sinus Pain
...Parker, an ear, nose and throat specialist in New Canaan, CT evaluates patients suffering from sinus pain on a case by case basis to determine the cause and most appropriate treatment option...

Snoring: It's Not Always Just an Annoyance
...The snoring associated with sleep apnea results from the muscles relaxing in the throat...

Snoring: Why It Might Be More than Loud But Harmless
...Your New Canaan ear, nose and throat doctor, Dr...

Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea
...Andrew Parker, your Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT ear, nose and throat doctor, describes the signs that could indicate that you have sleep apnea...

What Is Causing My Chronic Nosebleeds?
...Help is just a phone call away from your ear, nose and throat specialists at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan, Connecticut...

Don't Ignore Your Chronic Dizziness
...Andrew Parker, your Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT ear, nose and throat doctor shares some information about the causes of dizziness and treatment options...

Are my Tonsils Inflamed?
... Tonsils are oval-shaped pieces of lymphoid tissue located at the back most sides of the throat (pharyngeal tonsils) and back of the tongue (lingual tonsils)...

FAQs about Your Sinuses
...Andrew Parker of Parker Ear, Nose and Throat takes care of these important craniofacial structures and treats their various maladies...

Are You Dealing with Sinus Problems?
...This is where our ear, nose & throat specialist in New Canaan, Westport and Norwalk, CT comes in...

Hearing Loss and When to See Us
Could your changes in hearing be telling you that it’s time to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist...

Tonsillitis and its Symptoms
Find out if your sore throat could be due to tonsillitis and what your treatment options are...

Winter Allergy Flare-Ups
...Andrew Parker, your Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, ear, nose and throat doctor, explains what causes winter flare-ups and what you can do to treat them...

Keeping Yourself Healthy This Winter Season
...There are many steps you can take on your own to stay healthy, but be sure to visit your Norwalk and New Canaan, CT specialist if you develop an infection in the ears, nose or throat...

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
...Andrew Parker, a Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan ear, nose and throat expert, from Parker Ear, Nose & Throat...

When Should You Seek Care For A Sore Throat
...A sore throat is one of the hardest parts of a virus to deal with...

Signs You May Have Tonsillitis
Are you concerned that your sore throat could actually be tonsillitis...

What Is Causing Your Sinus Pain?
...You wake up with a scratchy throat...

What Is A Deviated Septum?
...Andrew Parker, who specializes in ear, nose and throat conditions in Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport, CT, explains how you may benefit from septoplasty, a surgical procedure that corrects deviated nasal septums...

Is Your Child Dealing With An Ear Infection?
...At Parker Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr...

Sleep Apnea Affects Your Whole Body
...The condition may occur if the walls of your throat become so relaxed that they collapse during sleep or your tongue falls into your airway...

Don't Suffer From Sinus Problems Any Longer
...If you are currently dealing with congestion, nasal blockage, facial pressure and pain, and throat irritation then chances are good that a sinus infection could be to blame...

How to Treat Snoring
... Here at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat, we offer a solution known as the Pillar Procedure to safely eliminate snoring and to even provide relief for those dealing with mild-to-moderate OSA...

Signs You Have Tonsilitis
In many cases, a sore throat is just a symptom of a minor cold that will go away on its own, but in some situations, it could be a sign of a more urgent condition like tonsillitis...

Reasons You May Experience Nosebleeds
... If you are dealing with severe or persistent nosebleeds and want to find out what’s going on, turn to Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, to get the answers you deserve...

Otolaryngologist Staff
We at Parker Ear Nose & Throat of Fairfield County are a team of professionals dedicated to providing the finest healthcare in a responsive and caring environment...

Otolaryngologist Office
... Otolaryngologist Norwalk, CT Parker Ear, Nose, & Throat 148 East Avenue, Suite 2-I Norwalk, CT 06851 Tel: (203) 866-8121 Office Hours Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Tuesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Thursday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Friday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM         Appointments We know you have many choices when choosing an Otolaryngologist, so we have made requesting an appointment a simple process via our Web site...

Hearing Aids
... For more information on hearing aids in Fairfield County, call Parker Ear, Nose, & Throat at (203) 866-8121!

Tinnitus
... If you still have questions about Tinnitus treatments or reliefs, call Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat  in Norwalk, CT at (203)-866-8121 to sceduale an appointment!

Which Hearing Aid Type Is Right for You?
...Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, you can find a wide range of hearing aid solutions...

What You Should Know about Snoring and Sleep Apnea
...Symptoms of OSA include, Loud, persistent snoring Daytime fatigue and exhaustion Waking up throughout the night gasping for air Pauses in breathing while asleep Morning headaches Dry mouth or sore throat Mood swings Brain fog and trouble concentrating Issues with high blood pressure   How an Otolaryngologist Can Help Here in Norwalk CT, our ENT doctors are dedicated to helping you control your symptoms to get restorative sleep and to prevent certain serious and chronic health problems...

Do I Need a Hearing Aid?
...If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for hearing aids from Parker Ear Nose & Throat of Fairfield County in Norwalk, CT...

Signs that You May Need a Hearing Aid
...Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule a consultation...

What Could Be Causing Your Sore Throat?
How your otolaryngologist in Norwalk, CT, can help you feel better If you have a sore throat, you’re not alone...

Struggling with Hearing Loss? We Can Help
...Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk or New Canaan, CT, today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule your appointment...

Treatment Options for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
...Fortunately, here at Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Fairfield County in Norwich, CT, your otolaryngologist, Dr...

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Different Types of Hearing Aids
...profession; physical activity) These are factors that you and our ear, nose and throat doctor can happily discuss when you come into his New Canaan, CT, office for an evaluation...

What Causes Tinnitus?
... If you are living with tinnitus here in Norwalk, CT, and want to find out what’s going on, the team at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat can provide you with the answers you need...

Do I Qualify for Hearing Aids?
...At Parker Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield County, your otolaryngologist, Dr...

Diagnosing Your Sleep Apnea
...Andrew Parker at Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Fairfield County, serving the Norwalk, CT area...

Tinnitus - Symptoms and Causes
...The ENT specialists and audiologists of Parker Ear, Nose, & Throat in Norwalk, CT, offer a wide range of ENT services, including diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus...

How To Choose the Right Hearing Aids
...Andrew Parker of Parker Ear, Nose, & Throat of Fairfield County, located in Norwalk, CT, is ready to help choose the right hearing aid for you...

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Aging and Swallowing Aspiration Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction Dysphagia GERD and LPR Hoarseness Salivary Gland Disorders Sore Throats Spasmodic Dysphonia Tonsillitis Tonsils and Adenoids Vocal Cord Paralysis Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer Zenker’s Diverticulum

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
...The team may include: an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist (or otolaryngologist), plastic surgeon, oral surgeon, speech pathologist, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, audiologist, geneticist, pediatrician, nutritionist, and psychologist/social worker...

Nasal Fractures
... If you suspect your nose may be broken, you should see an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, within one week of the injury...

Dysgeusia
...Impaired taste can take many forms, including: Hypogeusia, which is a reduced or diminished sense of taste Ageusia, which is a complete loss of taste Aliageusia, when a typically pleasant-tasting food or drink begins to taste unpleasant Phantogeusia, which refers to tasting something that is not actually there, or hallucinating a particular taste The tongue and throat have many taste receptors...

Deviated Septum
... Discuss your symptoms and any known nose damage or surgeries with your primary care provider or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Geriatric Rhinitis
...However, there are special considerations for senior patients, and symptoms of geriatric rhinitis may include: Constant feeling of nasal drainage Chronic or uncontrolled need to clear the throat of mucus Sense of nasal obstruction, most often while lying down Nasal crusting, especially during winter and in patients taking diuretics Vague facial pressure Decreased sense of smell and taste What Causes Geriatric Rhinitis...

Hyposmia and Anosmia
... Loss of smell is a health condition that should be evaluated and treated by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Nosebleeds
...Common symptoms can include: Anterior nosebleeds begin with a flow of blood out one or both nostrils Posterior nosebleeds can begin further back in the nose and may flow down the throat What Causes a Nosebleed...

Post-Nasal Drip
Glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus, normally one to two quarts per day...

Sinus Headaches
...For example, many patients visit an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, to seek treatment for what they think is a sinus headache, only to learn they actually have a migraine or tension headache...

Sinusitis
...Your primary care provider or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, can help sort out what type of sinusitis you have and how to treat it...

Rhinitis
...A qualified ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, can provide a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment for your nasal/sinus condition...

Turbinate Hypertrophy
...First, discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Aging and Swallowing
...Changes in the tongue, upper throat (pharynx), vocal cords and voice box (larynx), and lower throat (esophagus) occur with aging...

Aspiration
... When swallowing becomes difficult, or the sensation of your throat or voice box becomes impaired, anything that passes through your mouth can get into your lungs, even saliva, which is full of bacteria...

Cricopharyngeal Muscle Dysfunction
If the cricopharyngeal muscle (CPM) in your throat malfunctions or is impaired, this can cause you to have difficulty swallowing...

Dysphagia
...If swallowing is difficult on a regular basis, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

GERD and LPR
Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the back of the throat to the stomach...

Hoarseness
... If you have any of these symptoms for hoarseness, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as you can: Hoarseness that lasts more than four weeks, especially if you smoke Severe changes in voice lasting more than a few days Voice changes, such as raspy, strained, breathy, weak, higher or lower in pitch, inconsistent, fatigued, or shaky voice Difficult breathing Pain when speaking Vocal professionals (singer, teacher, public speaker) who cannot do their job What Causes Hoarseness...

Salivary Gland Disorders
...There are also many tiny, minor salivary glands located along the lips, inside the cheek, mouth, and throat...

Sore Throats
Everybody gets a sore throat now and then...

Spasmodic Dysphonia
... Generally, an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, and a speech language pathologist will perform a comprehensive exam, including a review of the patient’s medical history and symptoms and a visualization of vocal fold movement using a special camera called a flexible laryngoscope through the nose...

Tonsils and Adenoids
Tonsils are the two round lumps in the back of your throat...

Vocal Cord Paralysis
... Symptoms of paralysis and paresis of the vocal cords can include: Voice changes—Hoarseness, breathy voice, weak voice, gurgling quality to the voice, shortness of breath after speaking Airway problems—Shortness of breath with efforts, noisy breathing, unsuccessful cough Swallowing problems—Choking or coughing when swallowing food, drink, or saliva, and food sticking in throat These symptoms can be mild to severe depending on the degree of paralysis, and the ability of your voice box to adapt...

Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer
... Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include: Worsening or persistent hoarseness Difficulty swallowing Persistent sore throat or pain with swallowing Difficulty breathing Pain in the ear Lump in the neck Coughing up blood Anyone with these signs or symptoms should be evaluated by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Zenker’s Diverticulum
A Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is a rare condition where an “outpouching” occurs where your throat meets your esophagus, the swallowing pipe that leads into your stomach...

Goiter
...Discuss any possible symptoms or concerns you may have with your primary care provider, an endocrinologist, or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Hyperthyroidism
...Discuss any possible symptoms or concerns you may have with your primary care provider, an endocrinologist, or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat...

Thyroid Nodules
... Your endocrinologist or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may order or perform: Thyroid function tests, including thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) Blood tests, or radiology examination An ultrasound to see the size and appearance of the nodule A fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy, which is a safe, relatively painless procedure...

Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing
...Overweight children are at increased risk for SDB because fat deposits around the neck and throat can also narrow the airway...

Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie)
...When tongue movement is restricted, evaluation by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may be necessary to check for ankyloglossia or other conditions that can affect oral and tongue function...

Pediatric Hearing Loss
...In addition to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, children with permanent hearing loss should be seen by other specialists, including an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) and in some cases, a heart doctor (cardiologist) and a genetics doctor...

Pediatric Sinusitis
... The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child: A cold lasting more than 10 to 14 days Low- or even high-grade fever Thick yellow-green nasal drainage for at least three days in a row Post-nasal drip, sometimes with sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting Headache, usually in children age six or older Irritability or fatigue Swelling around the eyes What Causes Pediatric Sinusitis...

Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the back of the throat to the stomach...

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
...A multidisciplinary team approach between an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, an audiologist, and a rheumatologist is recommended to manage the condition...

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
...After a thorough examination of your ears, nose, throat, and neck, the doctor will perform a test on you that is called a Dix-Hallpike Maneuver...

Cholesteatoma
... Cholesteatoma may cause these symptoms: Hearing loss Ear drainage, often with a bad smell  Recurrent ear infections Sensation of ear fullness Dizziness Facial muscle weakness on the side of the infected ear Ear ache/pain If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as possible...

Conductive Hearing Loss
... If you are experiencing hearing loss, you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, who can make a specific diagnosis for you, and talk to you about treatment options, including surgical procedures...

Earaches
... A variety of problems can cause earaches in children and adults: Middle ear infection (called acute otitis media) Swimmer’s ear (called otitis externa) Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction or jaw joint pain Eustachian tube dysfunction Inflammation of the outer ear (called chondritis) Cotton swab use Throat infection Throat cancer (rarely) What Causes Earaches in Children...

Ears and Altitude (Barotrauma)
... If your ears fail to open, or if you are experiencing persistent pain in your ears, seek the help of an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)
...This is most often performed by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, using suction or special miniature instruments, and a microscope to magnify the ear canal...

Hyperacusis
... If you think you or a loved one may have hyperacusis, you should seek an evaluation by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Ménière’s Disease
...Treatment options include: A low salt diet and a diuretic (water pill) Anti-vertigo medications (used to stop acute attacks) Intratympanic injection with either dexamethasone or gentamicin Surgery Your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, will help you choose the treatment that is best for you, as each has advantages and drawbacks...

Otosclerosis
... Because many symptoms seen with otosclerosis can be caused by other medical or ear-related conditions, it’s important to be examined by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist...

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
...Other causes may include: Sudden hearing loss—caused by a virus; you should see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, for urgent treatment that could help recover some hearing Aging—gradual SNHL that cannot be reversed (most common) Acoustic trauma—exposure to loud noises (e...

Swimmer's Ear
...Your primary care provider or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, will prescribe treatment to reduce your pain and to treat the infection...

Vestibular Schwannoma
...Weighing these factors requires a thorough discussion with your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, and often referral to additional specialists in neurotology, neurosurgery, and/or radiation-oncology...

Bell's Palsy
... Your primary care provider, or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may prescribe antiviral drugs in addition to oral steroids...

Fine Needle Aspiration
...So, play it safe! If you have a lump in your head and neck area, see your ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, as soon as possible for an evaluation...

Head and Neck Cancer
...But a lump(s) in the neck can be the first sign of cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box (larynx), thyroid gland, salivary glands, or of certain lymphomas and blood cancers...

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
...Many different subtypes of the virus exist, and it usually affects the throat or the reproductive tract...

Neck Mass in Adults
... Common symptoms in patients with a neck mass at higher risk for cancer (see “What Causes a Neck Mass” below) include: The mass lasts longer than two to three weeks The mass gets larger The mass gets smaller but does not completely go away Voice change Trouble or pain with swallowing Trouble hearing or ear pain on the same side as the neck mass Neck or throat pain Unexplained weight loss Nasal blockage in one side of the nose Breathing difficulty Bleeding from nose and oral cavity Coughing up blood Skin lesion on the face or scalp that is growing or changing color What Causes a Neck Mass...

Sialadenitis
... An ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome based on persistent symptoms of dry eyes and/or mouth, parotid gland enlargement, and abnormal blood test results...

Skin Cancer
... Skin sores that do not heal A scar-like bump that was not caused by injury or trauma If you notice any of the factors listed above, see your primary care provider, or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, right away...

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
...Many patients see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, convinced that their pain is from an ear infection...