Hearing loss, just like any other problem, requires prompt attention and care. While ideally, it should be obvious to know when hearing loss has occurred, sometimes the problem can gradually sneak up on us. Here are some of the signs that you or someone you love may want to turn to our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, for a hearing evaluation:
You Always Turn Up the Volume
A volume that may be perfectly normal for everyone else around you to hear may not be loud enough for you. You may regularly turn up the volume on the TV or radio in order to properly hear it, which may elicit complaints from those around you. If you find that friends, family, or colleagues are voicing complaints about the volume of your media or voice, you may want to see a hearing professional here at our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, office.
It’s Difficult Hearing Others in a Crowd
Do you find that your hearing gets lost in the crowd? Is it difficult to understand what others are saying in noisy environments such as a busy restaurant? This is another telltale sign of hearing loss. It may cause you to disengage from conversation or ask people to repeat themselves often. Does this sound like you? If so, it’s time to give us a call.
You Catch Yourself Saying “What?” A Lot
Do you constantly have to ask people to repeat themselves when they are talking to you? Not only is this frustrating for you, but it’s also frustrating for people who are trying to communicate with you. If “what” has become a part of your daily vernacular, it’s time to get your hearing checked.
There is a Ringing in Your Ears
While ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus) doesn’t necessarily mean that you have hearing loss often times the two do go together, particularly if hearing loss is due to exposure to loud and excessive noises. Either way, if you’re experiencing ringing in the ears you’ll want to go ahead and undergo a simple hearing test to make sure that you aren’t dealing with substantial hearing loss.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you are having trouble hearing those around you it’s time you did something about it. Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule a consultation.
The answer to better sleep could lie in treating your persistent snoring.
Does your partner complain that your snoring is out of control and it keeps them up at night? Are your snoring issues getting worse as you get older? Something could be an indicator that something more serious like sleep apnea is going on. Our Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker can help determine what’s causing your snoring and the best solution to give you a better (and quieter) night’s rest.
When Snoring is a Problem
While many people may snore occasionally due to alcohol consumption, allergies or a cold, if you are someone who snores loudly and quite frequently this could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. During OSA, the upper airways constrict or collapse, blocking off air as well as oxygen to the blood.
Those with OSA do not get the quality rest they need, which can lead to problems throughout the day. If OSA goes untreated this can also lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
Signs and Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
While the snorer often won’t notice any symptoms it’s usually their bed partner who alerts them to the issue that is going on. It’s important not to ignore these complaints, as they could be indicators that something more serious is going on with your health. 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. First, we will go through your medical history and ask you questions regarding your symptoms.
We will also perform a full examination of the nose, mouth, neck and throat. We will also check for any problems such as a nasal obstruction or infection that could be causing your snoring. If we suspect that your snoring is due to OSA we may recommend undergoing a home sleep study to diagnose your sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is often treated with CPAP therapy, Pillar implants, or surgery in some cases.
If you or a loved one is a chronically loud snorer then it’s high time that you turned to ENT specialist Dr. Andrew Parker in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, that can treat this issue properly. If you snore or think you may be dealing with sleep apnea, then it’s time to give us a call. Call (203) 866-8121.
How your doctor in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, can help you counteract hearing loss
Have you been thinking about getting a hearing aid? The truth is, hearing loss is a common occurrence, especially as you get older. However, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the sounds of everyday life and avoid social situations. With the help of Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, you can find a wide range of hearing aid solutions. The only question is, which hearing aid type is right for you?
More about Hearing Aids
So, how do you know if you need a hearing aid? Some of the early signs and symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Hearing indistinct speech and sounds
- Difficulty distinguishing words from background noise
- Needing people to speak clearly and loudly
- Inability to pick out consonants in words
- Avoiding social situations because you can’t hear
Your ENT specialist will perform thorough testing to determine your level of hearing loss and whether a hearing aid will benefit you. If you need a hearing aid, your ENT specialist can help you decide which hearing aid is best for you, based on your lifestyle, budget, and other factors.
At Parker Ear, Nose & Throat, you can choose from several different hearing aid types, including:
- In-the-ear, which cover the entire outer portion of your ear
- In-the-canal, a less visible hearing aid which fits fully or partially into your ear canal
- Receiver-in-canal, which have a hearing aid speaker inside your ear canal
- Extended wear, which are placed inside your ear canal to be worn for months
- Middle ear implants, which are implanted behind your eardrum
To find out more about how hearing aids can help you, call Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, today! Both offices can be reached at (203) 866-8121.
Are you dealing with frequent nosebleeds? Find out what might be going on.
While most people will experience a nosebleed at least once in their life, there are others who deal with this problem more regularly. While this is often the result of cold, dry air, it’s important to recognize when a nosebleed might actually be letting you know that there is something else going on. From the office of our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, area otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, find out why nosebleeds occur.
As we mentioned before, a lot of times people will experience nosebleeds in the winter when the weather is colder and drier, leading to cracked dry nasal passages. If you find that your nosebleeds occur during colder months then you might just want to blame the cold New England winters.
If you are someone who can’t leave something alone and may pick or mess around with their nose when it’s already dry or sensitive then you may end up injuring the nasal tissue, resulting in a nosebleed. This is a fairly common reason for nosebleeds in children.
In some cases, a nosebleed may result from the common cold. When there is an infection, your body starts producing histamine, which can cause the blood vessels to dilate. Sometimes the blood vessels dilate within the nose, causing congestion and swelling. As a result, you may find yourself blowing your nose more, which can cause little tears in the lining of the nasal tissue.
If you are someone who battles seasonal allergies then you may also notice that you are more susceptible to nosebleeds. Again, blame your body for producing histamine to help fight your allergy symptoms but also causing that bloody nose.
If you take certain medications such as blood thinners, it can make it more challenging for the body to form a clot to stop the bleeding. When taking this medication even the simplest injury to a blood vessel within the nose could lead to a severe nosebleed.
Sometimes structural problems are to blame. A deviated septum is when the cartilage and bone that separate your left from your right nostril leans more to one side than the other. This can often lead to difficulty breathing through the nose; however, symptoms of a deviated septum are usually so minor that people don’t even realize that they have this deformity until they visit our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT ENT doctor for an evaluation. Since the septum leans more to one side it is prone to drying out, which can cause more frequent 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.
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. Tonsil inflammation, better known as tonsillitis is most common in very young children under the age of 10 and may require surgery. Cases of tonsillitis can be treated by Dr. Andrew Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT.
What Is Tonsillitis?
When you open your mouth wide enough, you can see your tonsils at the back. They are glands located behind the tongue. When they become inflamed due to a bacterial infection or immunologic reaction, it is called tonsillitis. Some cases are acute, meaning they occur only once, where other cases are recurrent or chronic. Inflammation of the tonsils can be caused by streptococcus bacteria, adenovirus, measles, herpes, and other viruses. Children are more susceptible to this condition because their immune systems are still developing.
Signs of Tonsillitis
Consider these potential signs of tonsillitis and see your New Canaan and Norwalk ENT doctor if they sound familiar:
- Problems swallowing saliva or food.
- Tender, swollen, or painful lymph nodes.
- Enlarged, red, swollen glands at the back of the mouth.
- Sleep apnea (an airway obstruction while sleeping causes loud snoring).
- Tiredness that seems unusual.
- Unpleasant mouth odor or taste in the mouth.
- Fever and/or headache .
The first course of treatment your doctor will consider is antibiotic therapy. It will neutralize any bacterial infections that are causing the inflammation. Fluid therapy is used in cases where the patient is dehydrated. In some cases, pain medication may be prescribed to help minimize discomfort for the patient. In cases where the airway could be obstructed or it’s a chronic problem, a surgical procedure called a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal) may be recommended.
Have Inflamed Tonsils Examined and Treated
Chronic or recurrent cases of tonsillitis should be reviewed by an ENT to determine the proper treatment. Call 203-866-8121 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Parker at his office in New Canaan or Norwalk, CT.
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