Author: Southern California Ear, Nose & Throat

Dr. Varma and Mending Kids Mission Trip to Guatemala

This March, Dr. Namrata Varma went on a mission trip to Guatemala through an organization called Mending Kids, a non-profit that provides surgical care for children across the globe.

While in Guatemala, Dr. Varma and her team operated on 41 children and were able to remove tracheostomies (long-term breathing tubes placed in the neck to bypass an obstruction of the airway) in 2 patients who were once told they would need to have the tube in their neck for life.

When To See An ENT For Ear Pain

Otolaryngologist is the medical term for an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist. This type of specialist treats many conditions of the ear including hearing impairment, infections, disorders affecting balance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and pain. Let’s learn more about when to see Southern California Ear, Nose & Throat for ear pain.

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How Do I Know If My Eardrum Is Ruptured?

A ruptured or perforated eardrum sounds dreadfully serious. The truth is, in some cases, it can heal on its own and you won’t even know it happened. On the other hand, it is also something to be concerned about as it can present several risks to your hearing. How do I know if my eardrum is ruptured?

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The Connection Between Balance And Hearing Loss

According to a study conducted at John Hopkins, individuals between the ages of 40 and 69 who had mild hearing issues were three times more likely to have reported falling within the last year. If the hearing loss is greater, the risk of falling increases. Both audiologists and physical therapists report the connection between balance and hearing loss.

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Signs You Have A Deviated Septum

Some people are born with it, others develop it from a trauma. By definition, a deviated septum is when the bone and cartilage that divides our nose and nasal cavity is off center, misaligned, or crooked which makes one nasal passage smaller. Now that you know what it is, let’s learn more including some signs you have a deviated septum.

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How Does An ENT Specialist Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is also known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This common condition presents a problem while sleeping since patients cannot breathe in enough oxygen. In practical terms, it is a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. Most people associate snoring with OSA, but that is not really the problem; it is just a symptom. OSA needs to be treated, so how does an ENT specialist treat sleep apnea?

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