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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.
September 26, 2019
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: hearing loss  

Hearing plays such an important role in our daily lives. When hearing loss occurs, whether due to aging or an injury, it can significantly Hearing lossimpact on our lives. The good news is there are options for improving hearing and treating hearing loss. An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist could recommend the right options for treating your hearing loss. Dr. Paul Burk is your ENT doctor for the treatment of hearing loss in St. Peters, MO.


Types of Hearing Loss

There are different types of hearing loss. Each type of hearing loss is associated with damage to specific parts of the ear. The different types of hearing loss include:

  • Conductive: Caused by damage to the ear canal, middle ear, or ear drum, which can be the result of ear infections, allergies, fluid in the middle ear, a punctured eardrum, or congenital abnormalities in the ear.
  • Sensorineural: Caused by damage to the inner ear and auditory nerve, which often occurs with aging. Other causes include genetics, head injuries, disease, viral infections, and exposure to extremely loud noises.
  • Mixed: Caused by damage to the inner, middle, and/or outer ear that results in both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Central: Also referred to as central auditory processing disorder and is caused by a failure of the central nervous system to send recognizable signals to the brain.


Treatments for Hearing Loss

Several options are available for treating hearing loss in St. Peters, MO. An ENT specialist can determine which treatment options are best for each individual based on the type and degree of hearing loss. Treatments for hearing loss include:

  • Hearing aids
  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Ear tubes
  • Myringotomy
  • Surgery

Antibiotics help by clearing up ear infections that have caused temporary hearing loss due to congestion. Corticosteroids help by reducing swelling and inflammation in the ear that could be contributing to diminished hearing. Ear tubes are placed into the Eustachian tube inside the ear and can improve hearing by helping fluids to drain from the ear. Another method for helping fluids drain from the ear is myringotomy, which involves piercing the eardrum. Finally, surgery is used to correct bone or nerve problems affecting hearing, as well as to remove tumors.


There are many ways to treat hearing loss. For the treatment of hearing loss in St. Peters, MO, schedule an appointment with Dr. Burk by calling the medical office at (314) 821-5002. Appointments are also available in the Des Peres and De Paul areas.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
July 12, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: hearing loss  

Are you having trouble hearing people? You could be dealing with hearing loss.hearing loss

While most people associate hearing loss with older individuals, anyone can develop hearing loss from children to senior citizens. While it might seem obvious to tell whether or not you are dealing with hearing loss, sometimes the problem is gradual enough that you might not even notice it right away. So, what are the warning signs of hearing loss? Our St. Luke's Hospital, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Burk is here to tell you what to be on the lookout for.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

Hearing loss is often slow and gradual, which means that it isn’t always obvious when someone starts experiencing issues with hearing loss. Common warning signs that you might be experiencing hearing loss include:

  • Turning the volume up on the radio or television in order to hear it
  • Asking people to repeat themselves often
  • Having trouble understanding or hearing people in noisy settings
  • Difficulty hearing people over the phone
  • Reading lips in order to understand what they are saying
  • Thinking people are often mumbling

These symptoms can affect a person emotionally and socially, significantly impacting their relationship with friends and family. Think about it. You sit down to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends and suddenly you realize that you can’t pay attention or understand anything those around you are saying because you only seem to notice the clanking of utensils, the bustling of the waiters and the white noise of the restaurant. You feel isolated from your friends as they laugh and enjoy rousing conversation. This is what living with hearing loss feels like.

Our ENT doctor in St. Luke's Hospital, doesn’t want you to feel left out of the excitement of your own life, which is why if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s important that you get a hearing evaluation as soon as possible. Putting off treatment for hearing loss is not a good idea, as it can take your ears longer to adjust to a hearing aid. The sooner we fit you for a hearing aid the sooner you’ll be able to feel more present in your social life.

Are you having trouble hearing those around you clearly? Do you have to blast your headphones or television? If so, it’s important to turn to our ENT specialists in St. Luke's Hospital, who can provide you with a thorough hearing evaluation and help restore hearing. Don’t wait to get this problem addressed.