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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Post COVID Sinus Infections

Now amidst the Delta-wave of infections amongst the unvaccinated in Georgia, 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 […]

Specific Bacterial & Fungal ID with PCR

Wild enough, now “PCR test” or “rtPCR” is almost a household name thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.  PCR testing is a highly specific and sensitive way to test for genetic material from all sorts of living things.  It is used in forensics, microbiology research and most importantly in healthcare. Not only are we testing nasal […]

Salivary Tumors – that lump by your jaw!

Nodules or masses of the salivary glands are some of the more common “lumps and bumps” we see.  The major salivary glands include the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands and may produce abnormal salivary tumors.  These glands are responsible for creating saliva to keep the mouth lubricated and help keep the teeth healthy.  The glands […]