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Why Do My Ears Pop on Planes?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on May 10, 2019 3:27:27 PM

Many people have difficulty equalizing pressure in their ears while flying. If your ears don’t equalize, it’s usually on plane landing. Some only experience a fullness or pressure in their ears. Others have pain and hearing loss. In most individuals the pressure equalizes shortly after landing. In some it may persist for much longer.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

What is Tongue Tie or Ankyloglossia?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Mar 8, 2019 4:51:56 PM

Tongue-tie in medical terminology is called Ankyloglossia and it’s a condition that some babies are born with. In tongue tie there’s a band of tissue called the frenulum that extends from the floor of the mouth to the under surface of the tongue. This band may restrict the normal movement of the tongue. The degree of interference it causes determines the need to treat it.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Complications of Strep Throat

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Feb 8, 2019 1:54:24 PM

Chances are that you or your child has had Strep throat at one point or another but did you know that if left untreated, it can cause complications? Though rare, complications of Strep throat can be very serious. 

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Unusual Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose & Throat

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jan 11, 2019 4:20:59 PM

Ticks in ears and batteries in noses. You'd be surprised by the types of foreign objects ENT doctors remove from someone's ear, nose and throat on a regular basis, especially children!

ENT specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, recounts some of the most bizarre, dangerous and downright weird objects that he's removed from ears, noses and throats over the years. 

Things can get stuck in people’s ears, nose or throat in a variety of ways. Sometimes it's accidental and uncontrollable, other times it may be the result of a curious child innocently sticking something in their nose or ear. Either scenario can be equally scary for the patient and their parent or caregiver.

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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Why do we get more colds in the winter?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Dec 14, 2018 4:21:09 PM

Can you catch a cold from the cold? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care explains why the cold weather increases our chances of catching viruses!

Most adults get 2-3 colds a year and children even more. It seems that the winter is the worst time for catching a cold. There are 2 main reasons for this. Firstly what we do in cold weather is very different from what we do in warm weather. Secondly our defenses against cold viruses don’t work as well in cold temperatures.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Why Does My Nose Run So Much in the Winter?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 29, 2018 1:50:34 PM

If you live in New England, you're no stranger to cold weather. As soon as the temps drop, we instinctively break out our winter coats and boxes of tissues and prepare for the inevitable runny nose.

You know the feeling. You're walking your dog, shoveling snow, sledding in the backyard and you feel the unpleasant sensation of your nose dripping. No matter how much you sniffle and try to stifle it, your nose just won't stop running.

But what is it about the cold air that seems to turn our noses into faucets? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist explains why the cold air makes your nose run.        

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Losing Hearing In Your 20s or 30s? It Might Be Otosclerosis.

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jun 8, 2018 11:06:16 AM

If you’re in your 20’s or early 30’s and have noticed that you’re having a harder time hearing, you may have a disease called Otosclerosis that tends to run in families. This condition is the most common cause of middle ear hearing loss in young adults. It typically begins in early to mid-adulthood.

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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Should You Use Q-Tip’s For Cleaning Ears?

Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2018 12:13:48 PM

There’s an old expression that goes something like “put nothing into your ears smaller than your elbow.” That’s good advice and certainly includes cotton swabs. The package that cotton swabs come in is in agreement, stating not to use them inside your ears. They’re meant to be used around the outside folds of the ear. Below we discuss why.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Demystifying Tinnitus, Or Ringing In The Ear

Posted by admin on Feb 14, 2018 10:38:00 AM

We recently observed Tinnitus Week, February 5-11. While tinnitus is a very common problem, many people don’t understand it. So we’ll shed a little light on it below.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe

Is Earwax Bad and How Do I Remove It?

Posted by admin on Jan 12, 2018 12:40:48 PM

Earwax is a normal human secretion called cerumen. Our ears are designed to clean themselves naturally. Unfortunately, in some people, this is not always the case. Earwax can build up and get impacted – impairing your hearing. If built up earwax is bothering you, it’s important to remove it properly so as not to harm yourself.

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Topics: Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe