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Lip readingLipreading

Posted January 21st, 2021

Lipreading, also known as Speechreading, is often portrayed as a party game or trick. We see it shown on TV being used by someone trying to read lips of someone on a videotape where there is no audio on a crime show for example. Many of us have probably seen the funny lipreading videos of professional athletes or politicians on Facebook as well where they record the wrong audio over the video, but it looks like that is what the person is actually saying.

Lipreading

 


ACCLARENT AERA® Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System

Posted January 11th, 2020

Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) is a common condition caused by the inadequate opening and closing of the Eustachian tube. Symptoms include ear pressure, fullness, pain, and muffled hearing. Patients who suffer from ETD often experience ear popping or crackling, and feel the need to clear their ears throughout the day. When chronic and severe, this not only leads to ear pain and pressure, but can result in fluid behind the ear drum. This fluid causes muffled hearing, hearing loss, and sometimes recurrent middle ear infection.

At Corpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy we perform this procedure in the office setting using IV sedation. The procedure takes less than 10 minutes and is performed via nasal endoscopy.

AERA® Eustachian Tube Dilation

 


Accreditation by IAC means that Corpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. 

Posted January 8th, 2020

IAC AccreditedIAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of CT. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to CT, which include physicians, technologists and physicists.

ICA Accrediation

 


The Human ConnectionWhy I love being an Audiologist Episode 5. The Human Connection

By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA

Posed January 4th, 2020

Generally, Audiologists start their academic training in an undergraduate program that is geared primarily to Speech-Language Pathology. And while there are definitely similarities, there are definitely ways in which the two fields are very different.

Why I Love Being An Audiologist Episode 5?

 


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Age Related Hearing LossWhat is Presbycusis?

Posted December 28th, 2020

Most people may not have heard the term, but they probably are familiar with the condition. Presbycusis is the technical/medical term for an age-related hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is the third most common chronic health complaint among older adults (heart disease and arthritis being numbers 1 and 2 respectively).

What is Presbycusis?

 


Voice sounds differnt on the recordingWhy does my voice sound different when I hear it on a recording?

Posted December 22nd, 2020

Everyone has had that moment. The moment where they hear their voice recorded on an answering machine or a video and they think to themselves, that’s not what I sound like, is it? It’s the same reason we watch people who try out on singing shows on TV and think, how can they possibly think they sound good? It has to do with physics, yes science!

Why Does My Voice Sound Different?

 


How does the ear workHow does the ear work?

Posted December 15th, 2020

Let’s take a moment and have a very simple conversation about how the ear works. The ear structurally can be broken down into four parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the auditory nerve.

How Does The Ear Work?

 


How Much Noise is too MuchHow Much Noise is Too Much?

Posted December 10th, 2020

Our world today is a very noisy place. Millions of Americans are exposed to dangerously loud levels of sound on a daily basis, and most are unaware of the dangers of it. According to the American Academy of Audiology, over 30 million American workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise on the job. But noise exposure doesn’t always happen at work. It can happen at home or when you are enjoying hobbies and other activities too.

How Much Noise is Too Much?

 


earwaxEarwax. What is it for?

Posted December 4th, 2020

Earwax. We all have it, many people find it disgusting, and everyone wants to know: “what is the best way to clean my ears?” Most people seem to be very concerned about cleaning their ears and getting rid of their earwax. The only problem is that earwax serves a very important and beneficial purpose. That isn’t to say that too much ear wax isn’t a problem, because it can be. But when too much earwax becomes the problem, there are certain ways to safely clean your ear.

Earwax. What is it for?

 


First Day I Cried in ClinicWhy I love being an Audiologist

The first time I cried in clinic. Episode 4.

Posted December 1st, 2020

Hearing loss can be an emotional topic for many people. But when the patient is a child, it is especially so.

We had identified a 4-year-old boy with a significant hearing loss. It was bad enough that he could barely hear conversational level speech. As a result, he had very poor speech clarity. Once we finally confirmed that the child did indeed have a hearing loss, we counseled the parents about the loss and what options they had for their child. We discussed hearing aids and the parents agreed to proceed with a hearing aid fitting. We took molds of the child’s ears and scheduled a fitting for three weeks ahead.

The First Time I Cried In Clinic - Episode 4

 


Nasal CycleWhat is the Nasal Cycle?

Posted November 24th, 2020

The nasal cycle is the spontaneous congestion and decongestion of the nasal mucosa during the day, where congestion of one side is accompanied by reciprocal decongestion of the contralateral side.

What is the Nasal Cycle?

 


Hearing Aid StylesCommon Styles of Hearing Aids

Posted November 19th, 2020

By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA 

There are so many different brands of hearing aids, it sometimes becomes confusing. However, no matter what brand of hearing aid it is, the style or shape of the hearing aids is fairly consistent from one to the other. Let’s look at the most common styles of hearing aids.

Common Styles of Hearing Aids

 


Parathyroid AdenomaParathyroid Adenoma

Posted November 16th, 2020

Parathyroid adenoma is a benign tumor of the parathyroid gland. This usually presents as a condition called Primary Hyperparathyroidism.

Parathyroid Adenoma

 


hearing aid misconceptions5 Common Misconceptions About Hearing Aids Or How To Avoid Unrealistic Expectations About Your Hearing Aids

By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA 

Posted November 12th, 2020

Hearing aids are wonderful devices that have tremendously improved over the last several years. However, sometimes people think that hearing aids are a miracle cure for hearing loss or that because someone is wearing a hearing aid they should be able to hear everything around them, no matter how loud the background noise is or what else is happening. This is not true. Here are 5 common misconceptions about hearing aids or ways to avoid having unrealistic expectations about hearing aids.

5 Misconceptions about Hearing Aids?

 


Sinus or Migraine HeadacheSinus Headache or Migraine Headache?

Posted November 9th, 2020

Patients who suffer from headaches often find it difficult to determine the exact cause. Severe sinus headaches can be confused with migraine headaches, and some people can suffer from both conditions, where sinus headaches can even be a trigger for migraine headaches. 

Sinus or Migraine Headaches?

 


Lessons learned on pediatric dayWhy I love being an Audiologist

Lessons Learned On Pediatric Day. By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA - Episode 3.

Posted November 4th, 2020

Once a month, the Audiology clinic scheduled pediatric patients to come into the clinic on a certain day. The students assigned to clinic that day were the students currently enrolled in the Pediatric Audiology Course. I learned some important things during that class.

Lessons Learned on Pediatric Day - Episode 3

 


Ear CandlesCan I use Ear Candles to clean my ears?

Posted October 27th, 2020

Ear Candles are a homeopathic remedy for ear wax removal. Many people swear that they are the easiest way to remove ear wax. Unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous.

Can I use Ear Candles to clean my ears?

 


What are thyroid nodules?

Thyroid NodulesPosted October 22nd, 2020

Thyroid nodules are focal growths of thyroid cells that form a lump within the gland.

What are Thyroid Nodules?

 


Children and Noise Exposure

Noise ExposurePosted October 19th, 2020

As adults we may realize that sounds are noisy, and that sounds we are exposed to at work or during recreational activities can affect our hearing. What many people don’t realize is that children are often exposed to dangerous levels of sounds and often times we are the ones exposing them to these sounds.

Children and Noise Exposure

 


Why I love being an Audiologist

Kids are smart. By Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A. FAAA - Episode 2

Kids Are SmartPosted October 14th, 2020

Children are often underestimated. They can be a challenge to work with but very rewarding.

While I was working on my Ph.D., I worked for the University as a graduate assistant. I remember one day I was supervising and the clinicians that day were seeing a 4-year old boy for the second time. He had very poor speech and they had a hard time testing him the first visit. They were finally able to get him to respond to words by placing picture cards on the ground and having him put a bean bag on the picture that corresponded to the word he had heard. He was able to do that fairly successfully, and at a fairly low volume. When they tried to have him respond to beeps, he just wouldn’t do it. They tried having him raise his hand, say “beep”, throw bean bags, all our typical tricks for testing children his age, but they just couldn’t do it.

Kids Are Smart - Episode 2

 

 


Blood Pressure and Allergy MedicineCan I take Allergy Medicine If I have High Blood Pressure?

Posted October 5th, 2020

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, especially in the Coastal Bend.  A common concern that we encounter when treating allergy patients is that they would like to try allergy medicine but are afraid that it will elevate blood pressure.

Allergy Medicine and High Blood Pressure?

 

 


Inferior Turbinate ReductionInferior Turbinate Reduction

Posted September 29th, 2020

The inferior turbinates are the largest of 3 sets of turbinates that naturally occur within each nasal cavity.  They are thin bones lined by mucosa whose purpose is to humidify air via surface area during nasal inspiration.

Inferior Turbinate Reduction?

 

 


MyringotomyWhat are Myringotomy tubes?

Posted September 23rd, 2020

Myringotomy tubes, otherwise known as ear tubes, are small tubes that are surgically placed into the eardrum.  They are also known as pressure equalization tubes.

Myringotomy tubes?

 

 


VertigoVertigo

Posted September 17th, 2020

Vertigo is a sensation of moving or having the room moving around you. It is often described as a spinning sensation. It can cause nausea and if severe enough, vomiting.

Vertigo?

 

 


Causes of Hearing lossWhat Causes Hearing Loss?

Posted September 9th, 2020

Hearing loss can be caused by many things. Some are preventable, some are not. Here we will briefly look at some of the most common causes of hearing loss.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

 

 


Why I love being an Audiologist

How I became an Audiologist, by Shari S. Beams, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA - Episode 1

Why I Love AudiologyPosted September 1st, 2020

Over the years, I have been asked by many people, how I came to be an Audiologist. I have to say, I was very fortunate. It was not my first choice of a career. In fact, when I started college I had never even heard of Audiology. But I was one of the lucky ones to find my chosen career and something I truly love doing by accident.

How I Became An Audiologist

 

 


In Office Balloon Sinuplasty with Anesthesia Sedation

Posted August 24th, 2020

In Office Sedation Corpus ChristiAt Corpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy, not only do we provide our patients with the most advanced office based 3D image guidance technology for sinus procedures, but we also perform these procedures with Anesthesia sedation.

Balloon Sinuplasty with Anesthesia Sedation

 

 


In Office Sinus Surgery TruDi™ 3D image guidance

Posted August 12th, 2020

TruDi Sinus Surgery Navigation Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy is the ONLY ENT practice in the state of Texas south of San Antonio to offer TruDi 3D image guidance for office based sinus surgery.

TruDi™ 3D Image Guidance

 

 


Tinnitus Treatment OptionsTreatment Options for Tinnitus Part 2

Posted August 5th, 2020

In our previous blog, we discussed some tips for managing your tinnitus on your own. Now let’s talk about some of the recognized treatments for constant, problematic tinnitus. These treatments typically involve some sort of electronics or technology.

Tinnitus Treatment Options Part 2

 


Allergic RhinosinusitisChronic Allergic Rhinosinusitis. Two diseases with two separate treatments.

Posted August 3rd, 2020

Allergic rhinosinusitis is a condition comprised by the combination of two disease processes; allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. 

Rhinosinusitis

 


Summer is in the airSummer Is In The Air

Posted July 21st, 2020

At Corpus Christi ENT Sinus & Allergy, we offer full scale allergy testing and treatment. We also have the ability to diagnose and treat accompanying sinus disease that is often present in chronic allergy sufferers.

Summer is in the Air

 


sinus surgery and allergiesWill sinus surgery fix my allergies

Posted July 15th, 2020

The simple answer is often, yes. Patients with chronic sinusitis frequently also suffer from allergic rhinitis. Unfortunately some of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis overlap.

Sinus Surgery and Allergies

 


Tinnitus Treatment OptionsTreatment Options for Tinnitus Part 1

Posted July 7th, 2020

You’ve noticed that you have been hearing some sort of sound in your ear. It might be a ringing, a buzzing, a roaring, sound like water running, crickets, locusts, or even your pulse. What is it? And what can you do about it?

Tinnitus Treatment Options

 


Hearing Aid Styles Procs and ConsAdvantages and Disadvantages of the Most Common Styles of Hearing Aids

Posted June 16th, 2020

There are several different styles or sizes of hearing aids. However, there are two styles that are sold more commonly than any of the others. Today I would like to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the two most common styles of hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Styles Advantages and Disadvantages

 


Hearing Aid Cleaning TipsHearing Aid Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

Posted June 2nd, 2020

Routine Hearing Aid Maintenance and Cleaning or How To Keep Your Hearing Aids In Good Working Order

You’ve bought a hearing aid, you wear it faithfully every day. But do you remember to take care of it? Do you know what to do if it suddenly stops working? Here are 4 things you can do to keep your hearing aid in good working order and prevent the need for unnecessary office visits and costly repairs.

Hearing Aid Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

 


Hearing Aid Not EnoughSometimes A Hearing Aid is Not Enough

Posted May 27th, 2020

Some people think that once you start wearing a hearing aid, you’ll be able to hear anything, anywhere, and anytime. But this is not the case. A hearing aid is an aid, something to assist you to hear better. But in the end, it is an electronic device that is better than your unaided normal hearing, but far from normal hearing. There are times where a person with a hearing loss might need to use an Assistive Listening Device or ALD in addition to their hearing aid in order to hear clearly. In this discussion, we are going to introduce a few of the assistive listening devices available. This is not a comprehensive list, but an introduction to the most commonly used or available Assistive Listening Devices.

Sometimes a Hearing Aid is Not enough

 


Sudden Hearing LossSuddeon Onset Hearing Loss

Posted May 5th, 2020

Most hearing losses occur gradually over time. We notice that we start to have problems hearing certain voices or in certain situations. We might start asking people to repeat. Family or friends may start to make comments about it. Slowly we become aware that we are not hearing as well as we used to. However, hearing loss can also happen in other ways. It doesn’t happen often, but let’s say one day you wake up and you notice that you aren’t hearing out of one of your ears. Or perhaps you put the phone up to your ear and you can’t hear anything, or even that you hear a loud ring and then suddenly everything goes silent. This is called a sudden onset hearing loss. Sudden onset hearing loss is a serious issue. Most sudden onset losses are sensorineural hearing losses, which means the sense organ for hearing or the auditory nerve has been affected. While there is a lot that we don’t know about it, there are a few possible causes for sudden onset hearing loss.

Sudden Onset Hearing Loss

 


What is an audiologistWhat Is An Audiologist?

Posted March 9th, 2020

An Audiologist is a hearing healthcare professional. A person who is uniquely qualified to assess, diagnosis, and treat hearing loss and balance disorders. The requirements for obtaining a license to practice as an Audiologist have changed significantly over the years.

What Is An Audiologist?

 


Sinus EndoscopyIn-Office Sinus Endoscopy

Posted March 4th, 2020

Sinus endoscopy is an important diagnostic tool used in the office setting to diagnose, and in some cases treat, both acute and chronic sinus disease. Without the need for any numbing medication, a small endoscope is gently placed into each nostril allowing for endoscopic visualization of the sinus mucosa and sinus drainage pathways.

Office Sinus Endoscopy

 


Talking with the hearing impaired10 Tips for Talking to Individuals with Hearing Loss

Posted February 18th, 2020

Communicating with someone with a hearing loss can be challenging. Depending on the severity of the hearing loss, conversations can sometimes be very frustrating. But communicating with one another is how we stay connected. It helps us to feel like we are valued and loved. Here are some tips on how to communicate more effectively with someone with a hearing loss.

Tips for talking with individuals with Hearing Loss

 


top five advances in hearing aidsFive Advances in Hearing Aid Technology

Posted February 10th, 2020

Hearing aids have come a long way over the last several years. Advances in digital technology and electronics in general have resulted in some incredible new devices. This list will outline 5 of the recent advances in hearing aid technology. This list is in no way comprehensive and please keep in mind that not all Brands or Models will have all of these features.

Five Advances in Hearing Aid Technology

 


top five signs of hearing lossTop Five signs of hearing loss

Posted February 3rd, 2020

How do you know when you have hearing loss? Dr. Shari Beams our Audiologist from Corpus Christi Hearing Aid Center presents her latest blog on the top five signs of hearing loss. Read the full blog here.

Top 5 Signs of Hearing Loss

 

 


Hearing Aids Purchased from AudiologistWhat is the difference between a hearing aid purchased from an Audiologist and one I can buy from the drug store?

Posted January 28th, 2020

Besides the obvious difference in price, there is a huge difference in a device purchased from an Audiologist and one purchased from a drug store or even online. The Audiologist provides follow-up care and maintains and repairs the devices. If you have a problem, you have a point of contact or someone to call.

Hearing Aids purchased from an audiologist vs. online or drug store

 

 


Conscious Sedation AnesthesiaWe now are using an anesthesiologist to provide conscious sedation for all of our in office sinus cases

Posted January 13th, 2020

Conscious sedation anesthesia is provided through an IV by a board certified Anesthesiologist from Gulf Shore Anesthesia Associates. This allows you to have the procedure performed without you feeling any discomfort.

Conscious sedation anesthesia


masal obstruction treatmentVIVAER® NASAL AIRWAY REMODELING

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss January 6th, 2020

DO YOU HAVE NASAL OBSTRUCTION?

Nasal breathing is a very important function of human life and any obstruction in the nasal airway can dramatically impact your quality of life.

Nasal airway obstruction has traditionally been treated by ongoing home remedies or traditional nasal surgery. Today there is a third option: Vivaer® Nasal Airway Remodeling.

Vivaer® Nasal Airway Remodeling


Non Allergic RhinitisNon-Allergic Rhinitis

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss December 10th, 2019

Nonallergic rhinitis is a condition that causes chronic sneezing, congestion, itchy or watery eyes, or runny nose. These symptoms mimic those of allergies, but originate from a non allergic source. Unlike an allergy it does not involve the immune system. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to a harmless substance known as an allergen. Non allergic rhinitis is caused by irritants or other stimuli that cause symptoms identical to those caused by allergens.

Non Allergic Rhinitis


Allergy TestingAllergy Testing

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss November 5th, 2019

Our office will perform a physical exam and comprehensive history.

Allergy testing may be needed to determine if the symptoms are an actual allergy or caused by other problems. For example, eating contaminated food (food poisoning) may cause symptoms similar to food allergies. Some medications (such as aspirin and ampicillin) can produce non-allergic reactions, including rashes.

Allergy Testing


Nasal PolypsWhat are Nasal Polyps

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss Ocotober 21st, 2019

Nasal polyps are soft, sac-like growths arising from the lining of the nose or sinuses.

Nasal polyps can grow anywhere on the lining of the nose or the sinuses. They often grow where the sinuses open into the nasal cavity. Small polyps may not cause any problems. Large polyps can block your sinuses or nasal airway.

Nasal Polyps


Nasal ObstructionTreatment for Nasal obstruction

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss October 11th, 2019

Septoplasty, Turbinate submucosal resection with COBLATION, VIVAER nasal airway remodeling, Latera for nasal valve collapse

Nasal obstruction refers to blockage of the nose or nasal cavity and can be caused by a variety of problems.  Nasal obstruction can be caused by anatomical blockage or nasal irritants. Nasal irritants include airborne pollutants and allergens. Anatomical components leading to nasal obstruction include a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, nasal swell bodies, and nasal valve incompetence.

Nasal Obstruction Treatments


TruDi™ is the first true 3D navigation for Office Sinus Surgery

TruDi Sinus Surgery Navigation Corpus Christi

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss October 4th, 2019

TruDi™ is the first true 3D navigation platform in Otolaryngology that has proprietary navigation-enabled balloons and instruments.  It constructs a 3D visual of the sinuses to give ENT surgeons an accurate, simple and reliable option for their endoscopic sinus procedures.

TruDi™ In Office Sinus Surgery

 

 


Diagnosis and Treatment for allergic rhinitis: Testing, medications, immunotherapy and avoidance

Allergic Rhinitis Treatments

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss September 25th, 2019

Allergic rhinitis is a type of inflammation affecting the nose that occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. Nasal signs and symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Ocular symptoms include red, itchy, and watery eyes, and sometimes swelling around the eyes.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis?


Sinusitis Treatment FESS Vs. Balloon

Chronic Sinusitis Treatment: FESS vs. Balloon Dilation

Posted by Dr. Todd Weiss September 18th, 2019

Diagnosis is Key! Finding the right ENT specialist is not always an easy task. Dr. Weiss is a specialist with extensive experience in treating chronic sinusitis. When diagnosing sinus disease Dr. Weiss needs to determine whether you have acute or chronic sinusitis, along with the underlying cause, as this determines the correct treatment.

FESS Vs. Balloon Dilation?


Sinusitis and RhinitisThe Differences Between Sinusitis and allergic Rhinitis?

By Dr. Todd Weiss September 13th, 2019

Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and may resolve on its own. Rhinitis is a condition that occurs when the body's immune system over-responds to specific, non-infectious particles such as plant pollens, molds, dust mites, animal hair, industrial chemicals (including tobacco smoke), foods, medicines, and insect venom.

Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis?


Dr. Weiss offers TruDi operating room technology in the office setting for sinus procedures

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