Category Archives: Unique Content

Updated Clinical Practice Guideline on Adult Rhinosinusitis

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on adult sinus infections. Sinus infections, often peaking during allergy and cold seasons, account for about $11 Billion in annual direct expenditures in this country and affect about 30 million people annually. And as sinus sufferers know, the […]

Propel Sinus Stent for Sinusitis

The sinus stent represents the cutting edge of sinus infection technology.  This new device, from a cocktail napkin idea in 2005 to an FDA approval in 2011, dramatically improves healing after sinus surgery.  Watch the attached video to see how the stent is placed within the sinus cavities, and then releases a potent nasal steroid […]

Dizzy? Is it vertigo?

Benign Positional Vertigo (or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) Vertigo is special kind of dizziness that give you a severe sense of spinning or motion. It is usually a sign of an inner ear disorder, but can be a result of the balance nerve (vestibulo-cochlear nerve) or balance center in the brain. Vertigo can be quite […]

Sleep Apnea and the Hazards of Driving

The NTSB recently finished up their review of a fatal train derailment in New York.  What they found is that the driver actually fell asleep behind the wheel while driving the train.  He reached speeds of 82mph in a 30mph section of track.  As a result the trail derailed and four passengers lost their lives. […]

Screening for high risk oral HPV

Scary enough the #1 cause of newly diagnosed oropharyngeal cancer (throat and tonsil cancers) are now caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, not by smoking or heavy alcohol consumption. This has changed the demographic of our new “typical cancer patient” to a younger less-suspecting population. Dentists are now performing routing oral cancer screening as part […]

Q&A: Will ear plugs hurt my ears?

Question: Can the constant use of ear plugs hurt my ears?  – CR In Tennessee Yes in fact, but everyone is different. The ear canals connect the inner ear’s hearing apparatus to the outside world. These ear canals are lined with skin that has sweat glands, hair follicles and wax-producing glands. Many people have a tendency […]

The latest in high tech digitial hearing aids

Last month my practice partners and audiology staff went up to Minnesota to tour the Starkey headquarters.  Starkey is the leading manufacturer of fully custom and programmable off-the-shelf digital hearing aids.  Their worldwide headquarters is just outside of Minneapolis.  What an impressive facility! It is amazing to see exactly how their 24 hour operation can […]

Feature with Dr. Forman: Cardiovascular Risk of Sleep Apnea

This week I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Mervyn Forman, a distinguished Cardiologist and innovator in metro Atlanta.  Dr. Forman’s medical practice covers the spectrum of cardiovascular disease prevention and long-term management, while his research has focused on reducing heart muscle damage after a heart attack.  He is currently developing a drug coated […]

Chronic Ear Pain: It’s Not All in Your Head, Part I

Sinus Infection

Chronic ear pressure, pain, or discomfort can be extremely frustrating.  This is especially true when there is no clear cause found by your doctor.  Usually this will result in treatment for an ear infection (otitis media or otitis externa) inappropriately and unsuccessfully. One of the most common causes of ear pressure is eustachian tube dysfunction […]

Why are doctors always running late?

From day one I have sought to be an “on time” doctor.  This has been met with challenges however.  With maximum effort I still run about 15-20 minutes late every four hours (so my morning and afternoon office sessions usually are 20 minutes behind by the end).  The wait times for individual patients may vary […]