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What’s the truth about Q-tips and your ears?

For many, Q-tips (or cotton swabs) have been a go-to for ear cleaning since childhood. But what if this common practice was actually be doing more harm than good? It turns out, the truth about Q-tips and ear cleaning is a little surprising. At Oakdale ENT, we want to set the record straight and provide

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Q&A: What is sinus surgery or nasal surgery?

Dr. Bradley Johnson answers common questions about balloon sinuplasty and traditional sinus surgery If you’re dealing with nasal obstruction, nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis or eustachian tube dysfunction, sinus surgery or nasal surgery may be an option to provide you lasting relief. Learn more about balloon sinuplasty, eustachian tube dilation and traditional sinus surgery procedures from

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Spring is almost here! How can I prepare for allergy season?

Ah, spring. The season of blooming flowers, chirping birds, and… itchy eyes, runny noses, and constant sneezing? For allergy sufferers, the arrival of spring can be bittersweet. While everyone else enjoys the return of sunshine, allergy season brings a wave of discomfort. But fear not! With a little preparation, you can minimize your symptoms and

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Four tips for nurturing your vocal cords

Whether we talk, sing, laugh, or cry, our vocal cords are responsible for making it all happen. Sadly, we often take them for granted and put them through a lot of strain and stress. As a result, our vocal cords may become tired, raspy, or damaged, affecting our voice quality and health.  That’s why it’s

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What, exactly, is post-nasal drip?

Post-nasal drip (PND) is when your throat becomes a mucus factory, causing all sorts of symptoms like coughing, sore throat, and feeling like you’re swallowing a cotton ball. Your body normally produces mucus to keep your nose and throat happy, but when it goes into overdrive, PND happens. PND is not a sickness, but rather

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The trouble with eustachian tubes

If you’ve ever felt your ears plug up when taking off in an airplane, driving in the mountains, or even going up in an elevator, you have your eustachian tubes to thank.  What are eustachian tubes?  The eustachian tubes are tiny passageways that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat near the

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Choosing the right hearing aid

Pros and cons of over-the-counter hearing aids Starting this month, adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss can buy hearing aids at a retail store or online without a prescription, exam, or audiologist fitting. The new category of hearing aids of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comes with pros

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Three types of hearing loss explained

It takes a lot to impress English TV personality, entrepreneur and record executive Simon Cowell, the notoriously critical judge on America’s Got Talent. But Mandy Harvey, a deaf singer and songwriter, did just that when she sang an original song called “Try,” earning a Golden Buzzer from Cowell. Harvey has a disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome,

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Road sign that says, Pollen Season Ahead

Understanding the daily pollen count offers more than just fodder for your next conversation. The popular weather website gives allergy and asthma sufferers an “allergy forecast” based on expected weather conditions and local pollen counts. Pollen is a powdery substance that some trees and plants produce as part of their reproduction process. In turn, pollen count is a measurement of

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What are tonsil stones? How do I get rid of them?

Maybe you’ve heard of kidney stones or even gall stones, but what about tonsil stones? We know our tonsils can act up and become inflamed with tonsillitis, but did you know that one in every ten people develops tonsil stones? What are tonsil stones? To understand tonsil stones, you’ll want to understand the structure of

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Seven Signs You May Have a Deviated Septum

Do you struggle with persistent nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and breathing issues? While it’s easy to dismiss these symptoms as a common cold, allergy, or “just one of those things,” these symptoms could indicate a deviated septum. What is a deviated septum? A deviated septum is a condition in which the cartilage that divides the nasal

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Can fireworks damage my hearing?

Summer has arrived and it won’t be long until fireworks take center stage. It’s always good to be reminded of steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Firework safety tips Always have a responsible adult supervise firework activities, including sparklers. Always wear eye protection while lighting fireworks. Always keep a safe distance from

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What do I need to know about nasal polyps?

Have you ever taken cold medication and felt absolutely no improvement? Do you feel like you’ve got a constant head cold that holds on no matter what you do? The culprit may be surprising. What are nasal polyps? A nasal polyp is a benign (non-cancerous) sac-like growth on the lining of the nose or sinuses.

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When is it time to bring my child to an ENT?

Most children are served well by their primary physicians. But there are times when more focused experience and training are needed. Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists treat conditions or disorders affecting these related areas of the body. Here’s when to consider heading to a specialist. Ear conditions  Ear infections Ear infections are so common

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