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Why You Should Care About Your ENT Health

Feeling dizzy? Struggling with your mental health? Painful heartburn? Sinus infections? ALL of these symptoms are linked to your ear, nose, and throat (ENT) health, and thankfully so, because like most symptoms you can treat these problems head-on!

People tend to overlook their ENT health as a potential cause of symptoms. For instance, when people lose their hearing, they are more likely to develop inner ear problems that can cause dizziness and falling as a result. Tinnitus – or ringing in the ears – is also common for people who develop hearing loss. “Tinnitus and hearing loss can trigger depression and anxiety. This primarily occurs due to the social isolation one feels while living with hearing loss and tinnitus,” (Sonia Hamidi, Au.D., CCC-A, ENT Institute). In more serious cases, people develop a higher risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia due to an increase in cognitive decline. This decline often occurs as a result of avoiding social interactions because of a person’s hearing loss or tinnitus. The expert Audiologists at ENT Institute recommend getting your hearing checked every six months to track hearing loss and take the needed steps to care for hearing health.

Another commonly mistreated symptom is heartburn! People who experience heartburn often dismiss the symptoms and treat them with over-the-counter medications. Heartburn is a symptom of a more serious condition known as acid reflux. Acid reflux is a common issue faced by many Americans. If left untreated, it can cause more serious problems like, “changes in voice, hoarseness, swelling and irritation in the laryngeal structures, chronic cough, sore throat, as well as vocal cord or laryngeal lesions that may or may not be benign.” (Oya Topbas, M.S., CCC-SLP, ENT Institute). Acid reflux has also been linked to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERT) which is known to put people at a higher risk of esophageal cancer. The ENT Institute offers FREE esophageal screenings! We believe early detection is the best solution for anyone, and screenings are highly encouraged for those who believe they may be at risk.

Other common issues relating to ENT health are loss in taste and smell. These losses often occur as your body fights off allergies. If allergies are not properly treated, it can cause the nasal passageways to be inflamed making them a perfect breeding ground for a sinus infection. It’s better to understand the cause of your allergies so you can tackle the symptoms from the start before they get worse. The ENT Institute offers same-day allergy testing along with helpful tools and information about seasonal allergens to help you prepare ahead of time.

All these health complications can be prevented by properly taking care of your ENT health. The ENT Institute offers both preventative care as well as treatment, so you can go back to living your best life. Some of our preventative care and treatments include hearing aids, hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, voice therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, allergy testing, and many more amazing services. Taking the initiative to better your ENT health could be the first step toward quality living.

Call 770-740-1860 or schedule online at https://entinstitute.radixhealth.com/dash/self/#/.

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