The Role of Ears in the Balance System

The Role of Ears in the Balance System

Imagine trying to walk on a tightrope. Now imagine trying to walk on that tightrope with your eyes closed. This is what it feels like to have a balance disorder – a constant feeling of uncertainty and instability.  The balance system is one of the most important functions of the human body. It allows us to stand, walk, and move …

Hearing Loss & Traumatic Brain Injury: Is There A Connection

Hearing Loss & Traumatic Brain Injury: Is There A Connection

The head is one of the most important parts of the body to protect because it houses the brain, which controls all of the body’s vital functions. A traumatic injury to the head can cause damage to the brain, which can result in a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments. The brain is also responsible for our ability to …

Swallowing Disorders & Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Swallowing Disorders & Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia, are a common and often overlooked issue that affects people of all ages. It’s normal to have difficulty swallowing food or drinks occasionally, but when it becomes a frequent occurrence, it can be a sign of a swallowing disorder. Swallowing is a complex process that happens in three stages – oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal. …

Why Are Sinus Problems Worse in Winter?

Why Are Sinus Problems Worse in Winter?

It is common to experience sinus issues in the winter. Symptoms may even be worse in the wintertime and compounded by the common cold, flu, or COVID. You may be wondering why sinus problems are worse in the winter and what can be done about it. Well, it is helpful to know that there are effective ways you can manage …

Understanding Winter Throat Issues

Understanding Winter Throat Issues

If you experience more throat issues in the Winter, you are not alone. Irritated, itchy, sore, and dry throats are actually common in the wintertime.  Experiencing a sore throat is a common complaint of winter months. This can cause discomfort, pain, and even lead to a difficulty swallowing or speaking. Why are throat issues more pervasive in winter months? Understanding …

What Causes Balance Issues?

What Causes Balance Issues?

Our sense of balance is what keeps us upright and feeling stable while we move through space without falling. Balance seems to happen so automatically that you may not not know how we actually maintain it. But balance involves a complex system known as the vestibular system. Balance issues are produced when the vestibular system is impacted and there is …

Sinusitis

How is Sinusitis Treated?

It is estimated that nearly 35 million people experience sinusitis every year. Sinusitis involves the sinuses, spaces in our noise that consist of tissue which produces mucus. This mucus moisturizes the nasal cavity as well as helps filter the air we inhale by removing dust and other microbes we breathe in. This prevents these pollutants and allergens from causing illness, …

Scratchy Throat: Allergies or COVID?

Scratchy Throat: Allergies or COVID?

If you experience a scratchy throat before the pandemic, you likely attributed it to allergies and it wasn’t much cause for concern. But with COVID now part of daily life, symptoms can be tough to identify. What you thought was allergies may be confused for COVID, causing additional stress and confusion. Understanding how allergies and COVID are different can help …

What is Vestibular Hypofunction?

What is Vestibular Hypofunction?

Vestibular hypofunction is a type of balance disorder that involves part of the balance system not working properly. The balance system (known as the vestibular system) is housed in the inner ear. Vestibular hypofunction can be unilateral which means it occurs on one side or bilateral hypofunction meaning it is present on both sides – or in both ears. This …

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Healthy Habits to Protect Your Hearing

Though not all forms of hearing loss are preventable, there are ways you can help prevent noise induced as well as age-related hearing loss. Nearly 1 in 6 people have some degree of hearing loss. Impacting over 48 million people, hearing loss is a pervasive health issue people live with today. This highlights the importance of protecting your hearing health …