Author Archives: Aaron Rogers

Pulsatile Tinnitus – The heartbeat in your ear

An ENT's Operating Otoscope

A whooshing, pulsating, or swooshing sound in the ear is called pulsatile tinnitus and usually just affects one side.  Often this may sound like a heartbeat in your ear – and often you are in fact hearing your heartbeat or turbulent blood flow through the vessels that passed through your skull near your ear.  These […]

Salivary Swelling & Duct Blockage

Location of Parotid Gland

We have 3 sets of major salivary glands, the parotid gland, the submandibular or submaxillary glands, and the sublingual glands.  In addition to these glands there are thousands of other small microscopic glands that line the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.  The major salivary glands each have a sizable duct or channel that […]

Coronavirus-Related Hearing Loss

COVID and Hearing Health Most otolaryngologists will agree that hearing complaints are on the rise this past year – whether it’s sudden hearing loss, new onset sensory hearing loss, and new or worsening tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  We have seen these complaints during and following a confirmed COVID-19 infection, as well as seemingly on […]

Can You Remove Too Much Turbinate?

Nasal Breathing Clarity

Some patients who undergo aggressive nasal surgery have the persisting complaint of nasal blockage.  I see these people in consultation every week.  It will feel like they are still stuffy or blocked up.  However when the sniffing in, there is actually a hollow sound heard, and is quite clear that the patient is actually moving […]

Respironics CPAP BIPAP APAP machine recall

June 14th 2021 Philips Respironics announced a recall of ALL of their CPAP, BIPAP and APAP respiratory devices manufactured in the past several years.  The problem had to do with microscopic breakdown of certain components within the air circuit apparatus and respiratory problems that some patients have developed. Fortunately our practice has always used ResMed […]

Is hearing loss costing you $20,000 a year?

The numbers may be a little bit dated now, certainly higher in today’s terms. A good article from 2012 broke down some of the occupational expenses of untreated hearing loss. Most notably, the average employee with any degree of untreated hearing loss earned about $11,000 less than their peers. For severe untreated hearing loss this […]

Keeping Your Data Safe with Encrypted Drives

#hipaa Today I am reminded of a significant medical information privacy risk. Nearly all of my ENT colleagues occasionally perform image guided sinus surgery. This requires transferring patient CT scan images over to a hospital computer for use during surgery. The typical way these images are transferred as with an unencrypted CD or DVD drive. […]

What your skull bones have to do with EAR PRESSURE

Came across this today –> Recently I was reading a CT scan of the temporal bone (ear and skull) on a a nice older man with pain and pressure in the ears when flying. He has not been diagnosed with an ear infection as an adult, but gets excessive pain and pressure that seems to […]

Eustachian Tube Anatomy for Dilation

This is just a quick video post of eustachian tube anatomy that we are able to capture this week.  There is a little bit of blood in the patient’s nasopharynx here from procedure we did at the same setting just before we made the video.  This is the patient’s right eustachian tube, we are passing […]