Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ear Problems – Excess Ear Wax

Everday on Long Island, I see patients with wax accumulation in their ears. Wax is a normal secretion produced by glands in the ear. It serves to protect the ear from infection and lubricate the ear canal. Unfortunately, sometimes people produce or accumulate excess amounts of wax. Many patients will then try over the counter drops to get it out. Worse yet, others attempt to remove it with Q-tips or other instruments. Do not do this! Instrumenting your ear will push the wax deeper or can lead to damage of the delicate skin in the ear canal. Using foreign objects in the ear can also lead to puncture of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) resulting in hearing loss. If you are prone to excess wax buildup or are experiencing a clogging sensation in the ear, seek professional ENT help. Using our tiny instruments and other specialized equipment, we will be able to safely get the wax out leaving you with an uninjured and clean ear canal.

Ear Problems – Ringing or Buzzing in the Ear

9477269Tinnitus is the ear, nose and throat specialist’s term for noise in the ear. As ENT doctors, we define noise as any sound that a patient is hearing that is NOT coming from the outside world. Some common words patients use to describe it are: humming, ringing, buzzing, or hissing. The tinnitus can be high pitch or low.

The first step if you experience tinnitus is to see an ear, nose and throat doctor. In my office, I first perform a complete ENT exam followed by a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Using these tests, I then determine a plan of action. Contrary to popular belief, tinnitus can be helped and patients can go on to live healthier and more productive lives once this extraneous noise has “quietened” down.

Dr. Shah Receives Special Recognition for her superior Balloon Sinuplasty Results – Long Beach, NY

1506879Balloon Sinuplasty is a revolutionary new treatment to help ENT patients with sinus disease. The procedure is done in our Long Beach, NY office. A balloon is placed into the blocked sinus passageway. It is then inflated opening the clogged area, then deflated and removed.

I am proud to inform you that not only is Evergreen ENT one of the first practices in this area to offer this procedure, we have received special recognition for our outstanding and best practice results. See the following link to get to the Health and Wellness area of our website for more information /heath–wellness.html and call us at 516-431-0700 to see if the procedure is right for you. Learn more at

From Long Beach to our own “Fab Five” ENT locations

I am so excited to post my first blog! Our practice has greatly evolved since I opened my first ENT office in Long Beach, NY. We now have five locations including Long Beach, Garden City, Inwood, Rosedale and Rockaway Park, NY. Our message remains that we are leaders in the field committed to delivering care close to home. Call us if you would like to schedule an appointment at 516-431-0700. Visit the main area of our website at

Sinus Problems – Tackling Fall Allergies

9066037As we head into the waning days of summer, it is time to focus on the wonders of fall. Pumpkins, beautiful foliage and crisp evenings are the hallmarks of autumn. But fall brings many sinus and allergy difficulties as well. Here are a few best practice techniques that will keep you healthy and able to enjoy those amazing autumn days.

1. Rinse your nose with nasal saline in the morning and evening. Using saline is one of the easiest techniques to get the allergens out of the nasal passageway.

2. Do a through cleaning of heating system including radiators and vents to remove dust and other particles that may have accumulated over the spring and summer.

3. Take off your jacket immediately upon entering the house. With lots of outdoor activity, allergens will have collected on your outer layers. Remove them and place them in your closet so that you will not continue to inhale the outdoor allergens while inside your house.

If you continue to experience a “clogged” nose, pressure in your face or headaches, seek medical care from an experienced ENT. We have a number of prescription nasal medications that are easy to use, safe, and effective so that you can get back to your active life