Our ears are meant to last a lifetime. As we live longer it is critically important to take active steps early in life to protect your hearing.
1. Turn down the music in your car, MP3 player and on the T.V.
2. Bring a gift and a set of ear plugs when you attend celebrations such as weddings or large parties.
3. When exercising try to use head phones that go over the ear.
4. If you are working in a noisy environment, wear ear protection.
5. Avoid loud concerts if possible.
If you notice ringing in the ears or a change in your hearing you should undergo a full hearing evaluation by an ear specialist.
If you live in the Northeast, this week you experienced a big temperature change. In my ENT practice fall means the beginning of nosebleed season. Here are a few tips to keep your nosebleeds under control.
1. Keeping your nose moist is the best defense against nosebleeds. Use nasal saline sprays.
2. If you are using nasal saline and your nose still seems dry, place nasal gels into your nose.
3. Buy a humidifier and place it in your bedroom. Turn it on at night.
4. If you get a nosebleed do not tilt you nose backward.
5. To stop the bleed, pinch your nose for 15 minutes.
If after 15 minutes of continuous pressure, you still experience profuse bleeding repeat steps 4 and 5. If you are still having a nosebleed goto the nearest emergency room. An ER doctor or ear, nose and throat doctor will evaluate you. They will likely place a nasal sponge or sponge/balloon device to stop the nosebleed.
Many patients see their family/internal medicine doctor over and over again for sinus disease. Each time they leave with antibiotics and nose sprays. Getting a sinus infection two or three times a year is within the realm of reason but patients that get more than that should see an ear nose and throat specialist. Taking antibiotics for more than 21 consecutive days or getting more than five sinus infections a year can lead to undesirable changes in the normal/healthy bacteria that live in your body.
Recently a wonderful quality of life measure, aptly named the SNOT-20 was released to gauge how sinus disease impacts patient’s daily lives. It measure 20 parameters that patient’s rate on a scale of 0-5. A high score indicates that sinus disease is leading to a decreased quality of life. I have attached the link so you can do it at home.