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By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
April 24, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: hearing loss  

Take care of your hearing so that it can continue to take care of you.

While many people will face some degree of hearing loss due to age, there are still quite a few people who could have prevented hearing loss just by protecting their hearing against loud noises and environments. In fact, about 40 million American adults between the ages of 20 and 69 have noise-induced hearing loss. Our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Burk wants to help you preserve your hearing for years to come. Here are some strategies to start implementing into your daily routine,

Turn Down the Volume

No matter whether you are playing your stereo or watching TV, it’s important to keep the volume at a reasonable level. One way to find out if the volume is too loud is to ask other members of your family. Even if you don’t have someone around to chastise you for playing the TV too loudly, there are apps that will determine whether or not you should turn down the volume.

Since not being able to hear the television is a sign of hearing loss, if this is an issue you are dealing with regularly you may want to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor for a hearing evaluation.

Use Quieter Tools

Whether you work with heavy machinery or you are just using tools at home, it’s important to reduce your exposure to these noises. To put things into perspective, everyone should limit exposure to sounds that exceed 85 decibels (dB) and even a simple device like a blender ranges from 80-90 decibels. So, you can only imagine what running the lawnmower could do to your hearing over time. CDC’s Buy Quiet initiative can help you find quieter tools and machinery for both work and at home to protect against noise-induced hearing loss.

Wear Protective Devices

It’s important to protect your ears if you are going to be around noisy machinery, tools or environments. Going to a concert? Pop in earplugs during the show! Working on a construction site? Wear the appropriate and approved protective earmuffs. While it’s best to avoid these loud surroundings, we also know that for some people this isn’t possible. In this case, wearing earplugs or muffs are your best bet.

Whether you need to get a hearing screening or you’re dealing with symptoms of chronic sinusitis know that the medical team at Ear, Nose, Throat, Balloon Sinuplasty can provide you with the extensive ENT care you are looking for in and around in Chesterfield, MO. To schedule an appointment please call (314) 576-7503.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
April 09, 2020
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Chronic Nosebleeds  

If you are dealing with frequent nosebleeds, it’s probably time to see a doctor.

Most of us will deal with a nosebleed or two throughout our lifetime. While it is a bit annoying and unpleasant it usually isn’t a cause for concern; however, if you are experiencing severe or persistent nosebleeds this could be a sign of an underlying health problem. This is when it’s time to visit our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Burk, to find out what’s causing your nosebleeds and how to treat it.

When are nosebleeds considered chronic?

It’s normal to have a nosebleed every once in a while. This can happen if you pick at the skin or if the skin inside the nose dries out and cracks. This usually isn’t something to worry about; however, if you’re experiencing recurring and persistent nosebleeds then it’s worth having it checked out.

If you have nosebleeds four or more times a week this is considered a chronic problem. Even those who are noticing nosebleeds a few times a month may be dealing with a more long-term underlying issue such as allergies.

What can cause recurring nosebleeds?

There are several things that may be to blame and many times our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist may be able to determine the cause through a simple physical examination of the nose and sinus cavity. Sometimes imaging tests will be needed to diagnose or rule out certain conditions or problems. Common causes of chronic nosebleeds include,

  • Allergies
  • Rupture of the blood vessels close to the surface of the nose
  • Nasal polyps or tumors of the sinuses
  • Abnormal blood clotting or conditions that affect blood clotting
  • Taking blood-thinning medications

When should I see a doctor?

If you’re dealing with frequent nosebleeds, it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on. If you are also having trouble getting your nosebleeds under control through at-home care then it’s also a good time to consult with an ear, nose and throat doctor for more effective treatment.

Practicing for more than 30 years in and around Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Burk and his team have been providing comprehensive ear, nose and throat medical care to children, teens and adults. If you are dealing with chronic nosebleeds call our ear, nose, throat and balloon sinuplasty practice at (314) 576-7503 to make an appointment.