Hearing loss is a fairly common condition in the United States. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, as many as 48 million Americans are reporting some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. Problems with hearing can be present at birth (congenital), develop over time, or are the result of an infection or accident that causes trauma or injury to a part of the ear.
The ear, nose and throat doctors at CENTA Medical Group, P.A. in Lexington and Columbia, SC, offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options, like hearing aids, medication and surgery for adult and pediatric hearing loss.
Hearing Aids in Columbia
The ear is a complex structure, consisting of an outer, middle and inner ear. There are different types of hearing loss, depending on the cause and the part of the ear that is affected. Sound is transmitted from the environment through each part of the ear in stages, where it is sent to the brain for processing through a series of vibrations. A disruption of the transmission anywhere in the ear can affect how and what we hear.
When is a Hearing Aid Necessary?
Schedule an appointment with a hearing loss specialist at CENTA Medical Group, P.A. in Lexington and Columbia, SC, if you or your child are having difficulty following conversations, experience prolonged ringing in one or both ears or other signs of hearing loss. Hearing aids are used to help amplify sounds so that speech and surrounding noises are easier to hear. Although hearing aids do not correct or reverse the problem, they do improve the quality of life by making it possible to understand and actively participate in conversations, comfortably listen to music and watch TV. They also help to amplify soft and louder background noises at a comfortable level.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Lexington and Columbia, SC
To learn more about the causes, risk factors and treatment options for full or partial hearing loss, contact CENTA Medical Group, P.A.in Lexington and Columbia, SC, by calling (803) 256-2483 to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist today.
Suffering from Strep throat is never an enjoyable experience. Strep throat can do more than just make you sick and cause you to miss work, school or personal engagements. If not treated, it can lead to rheumatic fever, which in turn can lead to heart problems.
What is Strep throat?
Strep throat is an infection that comes from the Streptococcal bacteria. It causes severe throat soreness accompanied by fever and other symptoms. The infection is contagious and can be passed person to person via tiny airborne particles. It is normally diagnosed with a rapid Strep test by taking a throat swab that produces results in approximately 10 minutes. A throat culture may be more accurate, but the results are not available for several days.
Sore Throat vs. Strep Throat
Viral sore throats and Strep throats produce some of the same symptoms such as throat irritation and difficulty swallowing. However, viral sore throats may also be accompanied by a runny nose, coughing and red or itchy eyes, whereas Strep throats are often accompanied by a fever and sore or swollen lymph nodes.
What do I do if I suspect I have Strep throat?
If you suspect you have Strep throat, you should see your primary care doctor who can confirm your diagnosis. If you do have Strep throat, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic since Strep throat is a bacterial infection. It is important to take this medication as instructed, even if you start to feel better after a day or two. You should stay home from school or work until you have been on antibiotics for 24 hours, as you are still contagious during this time. If you develop an abscess, your primary care doctor will refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist such as a physician at CENTA Medical Group. The ENT specialist will be able to drain your abscess. If you continue to have recurrent bouts of Strep throat, your ENT specialist may recommend a tonsillectomy to cure the problem. Recovery after a tonsillectomy usually takes 7-10 days.
For more information about CENTA Medical Group, located in Lexington and Columbia, SC, please call 803-256-2483.
Find out which hearing aid will help you hear clearly again.
Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to hear those around you. If you are having difficulty enjoying a conversation across the dinner table or at a restaurant or just want to hear conversations with friends and family, it is time to schedule a hearing test at CENTA Hearing Center with one of our experienced audiologists. The hearing test will determine if a hearing aid would be helpful to you, and our audiologist could determine which hearing aid would be right for you. Below is a guide to choosing the proper hearing aid:
About Hearing Aids
All hearing aids are designed to offer patients with varying degrees of hearing loss the ability to hear clearly. Of course, not all hearing aids are created the same, so it is important to find the one that is best for your specific hearing impairment and lifestyle. Just remember that hearing aids aren’t designed to restore hearing. They are used to amplify sounds to make it easier to hear things around you.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are a variety of different hearing aids styles to choose from:
1. Completely in the Canal (CIC): This is the smallest style available but doesn’t contain extra features like volume control. It is used for mild to moderate hearing loss.
2. In the Canal: This style is used for mild to moderate hearing loss and is a less visible style. It is custom-molded to partially fit in the ear canal.
3. In the Ear: This hearing aid is more visible but can be easier to handle than others and offers features like volume control that other smaller aids cannot offer. This aid is most useful for those with mild to severe hearing loss.
4. Behind the Ear: This aid offers great amplification and works well for patients of all ages and for most forms of hearing loss.
5. Receiver in Canal or Receiver in Ear: This hearing aid is similar to behind-the-ear styles but is less visible.
6. Open Fit: This hearing aid makes it easier to hear low-frequency sounds
because of its style. Since it is smaller, it may be more difficult to adjust.
This aid is another option for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
It’s important to note that while a smaller hearing aid may seem more attractive to you, it may not offer the power you need. Also, today's hearing aids are much smaller in general than in the past and can be ordered in a number of different colors. This is why you should talk to an audiologist about your goals, lifestyle and budget. Based on the type and degree of your hearing loss, an audiologist can help you decide on a hearing aid that’s right for you. Call CENTA Hearing Center today at 803-256-2483 to schedule an appointment.
If you are one of the many Lexington, SC residents who suffer from allergies, you know just how painful and annoying they can be. Thankfully, your ENT at CENTA Medical Group has many treatment options for you to try, including allergy-proofing your home. Here are five ways you can avoid allergies in the home and breathe easier once again.
1. Remove Your Shoes
Escaping the outdoors isn't enough to escape your allergies if the allergens travel in your home on your shoes. Combat this by removing your shoes as soon as you enter your house and asking your house guests to do the same. While this won't keep the allergens out of your house completely, it will help keep them from spreading.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Your home air filter should remove many of the airborne allergens in your home, but it can't if it is clogged. Air filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days to increase your system efficiency and to reduce the number of allergens in your home. When is the last time you changed yours?
3. Clean Regularly
Airborne allergens have a tendency to settle on surfaces and bury themselves in the carpet and upholstery. Getting rid of them can help you breathe better, but you'll need to do it in the right way. Instead of sweeping with a broom, which can send allergens airborne, dust with a damp cloth or use a vacuum with an HEPA filter to sweep. This will help keep allergens contained.
4. Go Green
Outdoor allergens aren't the only ones you need to worry about. Reduce your risk of indoor allergens by making the switch to eco-friendly materials and cleaning products. With "going green" becoming more popular all the time, these types of products should not be too difficult to find, but feel free to ask your Lexington, SC ENT if you need recommendations.
5. Use a Dehumidifier and Air Vents
Damp areas, such as basements, showers, behind the fridge and over the stove, can quickly become breeding grounds for mold and other bacteria if you aren't careful. Discourage these types of growth by using a dehumidifier or by sending the air outside through an exhaust fan.
Suffering from allergies while you're out and about is bad enough; don't suffer at home as well. Use these five tips from your ENT at CENTA Medical Group in Lexington, SC to help you avoid allergens in the home.
Learn more about the types of hearing aids available and how to choose the one that’s right for you.
About 20 percent or 48 million adults in America have some form of hearing loss. Unfortunately, this statistic only increases to one in three people by the time we reach 65 years old. If you are finding it difficult to hear those around you then you are certainly missing out on valuable conversations and moments with friends and families. Your Lexington ENT doctors Dr. Frank Hill and Dr. J. Cameron Kirchner want you to be able to connect and converse with those around you without worrying about your hearing loss. Find which hearing aid is right for you.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are a variety of different styles available and the hearing aid that’s best will depend on a variety of factors including size, unique features, the type of hearing loss you are dealing with and the cost. While many patients want to opt for the smaller, less visible hearing aids they may not be strong enough for everyone. Here are some of the options available to you.
Completely-in-the-canal: This aid helps with mild to moderate hearing loss and is created to fit inside your canal. While this style doesn’t come with special features it does offer discreetness.
In-the-canal: Another custom-created hearing aid that fits partially in the ear canal. This also helps with mild to moderate hearing loss.
In-the-ear: There are two types: one that fits the outer ear and one that fits in just the lower portion. Either style can improve mild to severe hearing loss in adults.
Behind-the-ear: This aid sits behind the ear while being attached to the top of the ear. A small tube links the aid itself to an earpiece that sits in your ear canal. This hearing aid is great for all forms of hearing loss and patients of all ages.
Receiver-in-canal/receiver-in-the-ear: While similar to the behind-the-ear style the only exception is that a wire connects the hearing aid to the earpiece. It offers less visibility than behind-the-ear aids, which use tubing.
Open-fit: This has become one of the most popular types of hearing aids. It is similar to a behind-the-ear aid but allows both low frequencies to come through while also amplifying higher frequencies, making it a great option for those with mild to extreme hearing loss.
As you can see there are several kinds of hearing aids. So, which one should you choose? Before you purchase a hearing aid, schedule an appointment with your ENT doctor at CENTA Medical Group in either their Lexington or Columbia location. Hearing loss can be determined by a hearing test. If a hearing aid is recommended, you can try different aids with one of our experienced audiologists to determine which works best for you.
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