Author Archives: Aaron Rogers

Keeping Nasal Irrigation Clean

Millions of Americans use Neti Pots, or sinus rinse bottles, or other reusable vessels to irrigate their noses and sinuses.  Medical journal reports over the years have surfaced showing these rinses may be harmful, carry bacteria (or worse!) and have even been linked to death.  One of the earlier studies from Laryngoscope showed after six […]

Sinus Infections & SuperAntigens

The problem with chronic sinus infections is that we don’t seem to have an answer as to “why”.  To be totally accurate we seem to have all kinds of answers, too many answers even.  Readers: be skeptical when doctors have a lot of answers for something, it probably means they really don’t know.  Those who […]

Time For a Third Dose?

On Friday Sep 17th 2021 The FDA Advisory Panel made new recommendations about a third Pfizer COVID shot.  There was UNANIMOUS recommendation that those aged 65 and older be offered a third dose at 6 months following their second dose.  There was also UNANIMOUS recommendation that those at high risk of severe COVID-19, and those […]

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 […]

Sinus Infection Feature on Atlanta’s Fox 5

We worked on a piece with Fox 5’s Health Team to discuss the new Propel sinus implant that we use to help sinus surgery patients with healing and recovery.  This originally aired July 18 2012 !  We have been using the Propel stents in selected cases since first introduced into practice, and the past couple […]

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 […]

Post COVID Sinus Infections: Omicron Update

Now amidst the Omicron-wave of infections hitting vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, it is clear in our practice we are seeing a lot of exacerbations of sinus infections. COVID-19 often causes sinus and upper respiratory symptoms such as loss of smell, congestion, and a severe headache. However this leaves the susceptible person open to sinus infections […]