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How Do We Swallow?

How Do We Swallow?

Have you ever stopped to think about the intricate process of swallowing? It's a function we often take for granted until something goes awry.

Why do people lose their sense of smell?

Why do people lose their sense of smell?

Loss of smell, also known as anosmia, is a condition that can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. The sense of smell plays a crucial role in our daily experiences, from experiencing the aroma of our favorite foods to alerting us to potential dangers like gas leaks or fires.

Understanding Sleep Apnea in Los Angeles

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common yet potentially serious sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This pause in breathing can occur several times an hour, leading to fragmented and disrupted sleep patterns. There are several types of sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) being the most prevalent.

Unveiling Vivaer: A Revolutionary Approach to Nasal Airway Obstruction

Unveiling Vivaer: A Revolutionary Approach to Nasal Airway Obstruction

In the realm of medical innovations, there's a continuous quest to enhance the quality of life for individuals facing various health challenges. One such breakthrough in the field of otolaryngology is Vivaer, a cutting-edge technology designed to address nasal airway obstruction. In this blog post, we'll delve into what Vivaer is, how it works, and the potential benefits it offers to those dealing with nasal breathing issues.

What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

In the realm of ear, nose, and throat health, many conditions can impact our daily lives. One such condition that often goes unnoticed but can cause significant discomfort is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). In this blog post, we'll explore the intricacies of ETD, shedding light on its causes, symptoms, and available treatment options. Understanding Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is the first step towards seeking effective solutions and regaining optimal ear health.

What is video laryngoscopy?

What is Video laryngoscopy?

A video laryngoscopy is a medical procedure that allows doctors to examine the larynx (voice box) and surrounding structures using a small camera attached to a thin, flexible tube called a laryngoscope. The camera provides a clear, high-definition video image of the area, which helps doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.

What is Tonsillectomy?

What is Tonsillectomy?

As parents, we want our children to be healthy, happy, and free from pain and discomfort. However, sometimes, our children may experience recurrent or chronic tonsillitis, which can affect their quality of life and academic performance. In such cases, your child's pediatrician or ENT specialist may recommend a tonsillectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils.

Child having her ears looked iside

Why do kids need Ear Tubes?

As parents, we're always concerned about the health and well-being of our children. When it comes to ear health, issues like recurrent ear infections can be a common concern.

Maintaining Your Singing Voice: What is a Videostroboscopy?

Maintaining Your Singing Voice: What is a Videostroboscopy?

In the world of vocal performance, maintaining optimal health in the areas of the ear, nose, and throat is paramount.

What is Vertigo?

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is not just a fleeting sense of dizziness; it's a specific type of dizziness characterized by the feeling of spinning or a sensation of motion, even when you're stationary. Imagine standing still, yet the world around you seems to be in constant motion.

What is Silent Reflux?

What is Silent Reflux?

Do you experience frequent throat clearing, hoarseness, coughing, or a lump in your throat? These symptoms may be signs of silent reflux, also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR).

Hearing Aids: How Do They Work?

Hearing Aids: How Do They Work?

Hearing aids are compact electronic gadgets designed to enhance the auditory experience for individuals with hearing impairment. Their primary function involves amplifying sound, enabling those with hearing loss to perceive sounds they may otherwise miss.

What is LATERA?

What is LATERA?

Do you experience difficulty breathing through your nose, chronic congestion, or snoring? These symptoms may be signs of nasal obstruction, a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Nasal obstruction can be caused by various factors, such as allergies, septal deviation, or enlarged turbinates.

What Causes Snoring

What Causes Snoring

Snoring is a common condition that affects many people, both men and women. It is characterized by the sound of harsh, vibrating breaths that occur during sleep. While snoring can be a minor annoyance for some, it can also be a serious health issue that affects the quality of life for both the person snoring and their bed partner. In this blog post, we will explore some of the common causes of snoring and what can be done to treat it.

What is ExciteOSA?

What is ExciteOSA?

Are you prone to loud snoring, experiencing sudden gasps or choking episodes while you sleep, or do you find yourself battling daytime fatigue and grogginess? These signs could be indicative of sleep apnea, a very common sleep disorder impacting many Americans. Sleep apnea can increase your chances of becoming prone to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and various other health issues, while reducing your overall quality of life.

The Wonders of Human Hearing

The Wonders of Human Hearing

Hearing is a remarkable sense that allows us to experience the world through the medium of sound. The ability to hear is something many of us take for granted, but the process of hearing is a complex and fascinating journey that unfolds within our ears and our brains. In this blog post, we will explore the intricate mechanisms that enable us to perceive and appreciate the symphony of sounds around us.

How Speech Therapy Works

How Speech Therapy Works

Speech therapy, also known as speech and language therapy, is a type of therapy that helps people improve their communication skills. This can include speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Speech therapy can also help people with singing and improving their vocal cords.

Winter Allergies

What causes Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a medical condition characterized by difficulty in swallowing. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from structural abnormalities in the throat to neurological conditions affecting the muscles responsible for swallowing.

Winter Allergies

Pediatric Chronic Ear Infections

As parents, we all want to keep our children healthy and free from pain. However, despite our best efforts, our little ones can still fall prey to various illnesses and infections, including chronic ear infections.

Winter Allergies

Chronic Rhinitis

Chronic rhinitis is a condition that is characterized by inflammation of the nasal passages and symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. Chronic rhinitis is different from acute rhinitis, which is a short-term condition that is usually caused by a viral infection.

Winter Allergies

Q-Tips

Q-Tips, or cotton swabs, are a common tool that many people use to try to remove earwax from their ears. However, using Q-Tips to clean the ears is generally not a good idea, as it can actually cause more problems than it solves.

Winter Allergies

The 10 Most Common Allergies

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Allergies can be managed with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding exposure to allergens and using allergy-proof bedding.

Winter Allergies

Deviated Septum

A deviated septum is a condition in which the wall (septum) that separates the nostrils is not straight. This can cause a range of symptoms, including difficulty breathing, congestion, and chronic sinus infections.

Winter Allergies

Virtual Visits

Telehealth, or virtual visits, are becoming increasingly popular as a way for patients to receive medical care remotely. For many people, virtual visits are a convenient and efficient way to receive care, especially for appointments with specialists such as ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors.

Winter Allergies

Post-Nasal Drip vs the Common Cold

Post nasal drip and the common cold are two different conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as congestion, coughing, and sore throat. Here's how to tell the difference between the two and the treatment options for post-nasal drip.

Winter Allergies

Winter Allergies: Treatment and Remedies

Winter allergies can be a frustrating and annoying problem for many people, as the cold weather can cause a range of symptoms, including congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Here are some tips for dealing with winter allergies:

The Impact of Cold Weather on Sinuses

The Impact of Cold Weather on Sinuses

Cold weather can have a significant impact on sinus issues, as the change in temperature and humidity can irritate the sinuses and lead to congestion, headaches, and other symptoms.

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic Sinusitis: What It Is and How an ENT Can Help

A persistent cold accompanied by nasal drainage and blockage, which are worsening with time, can be cause for concern. If you have been in this condition for 10 days or more, it may indicate an inflammation of the sinuses.

Allergy or Covid

Is It COVID-19 Or Just an Allergic Condition – How To Know The Difference?

The world around us has become so nervous and edgy that anyone with a scratchy throat or a runny nose can make us recoil and take a few steps back.

Osha Guidelines

Why Organizations Must Comply with OSHA Guidelines to Protect Employees from Noise-Related Hazards

Part of safety at the workplace is about providing protection from possible physical injuries that includes hearing.

a woman suffering from tinnitus

Tinnitus

When there is a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears that doesn’t come from any external source and lasts for a long time, you may be affected by a medical condition called tinnitus. While it may last for a short time in most people, it may be a chronic issue for some.

Antibody testing for COVID 19

Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Many people have been asking us questions about antibody testing for COVID-19 so I wanted to address what I can about this testing. Antibodies are our immune system's response to pathogens such as viruses or bacteria.

LA ENT Center

COVID-19 Updates

See our latest updates regarding the Coronavirus.

Chloroquine Phosphate

Danger Of Non Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate

It has come to our attention that some people are ingesting non-pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate. This substance has been shown in a few studies to help prevent or treat those with COVID19. This health advisory was recently put out by the CDC.

LA ENT patient with Covid 19

Loss of Smell due to COVID19

It has recently come to my attention that there are a rising number of patients with COVID19 who are experiencing anosmia (loss of sense of smell). This is being reported across the world.

LA ENT patient with Tonsillitis

Recurrent Tonsillitis in adults

Recurrent tonsil infections are a common problem for adults. This is often seen when patients have frequent “sore throats” that last for weeks to even months.

how to treat allergies

How to Treat Allergies

When it comes to treating allergies there are multiple options to improve your symptoms.

LA ENT patient with ear infection

How to Treat Chronic Ear Infections

While ear infections are much more common in children, there may be an underlying cause for repeat or chronic ear infections that needs to be treated.

LA ENT patient outdoors

Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment

Many people have never heard of balloon sinuplasty. However, millions of people suffer from the very condition that this procedure can treat.

sinus headache treatment

Sinus Headache Treatment

Everyone has gotten a headache at some point in their lives. However, do you know what kind of headache you’ve had? It’s important to get the proper diagnosis for sinus headaches so you can properly treat the problem.

sleep apnea treatment

Treatment for Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Lifestyle changes, like losing weight, and treatments, like wearing a mouthpiece when you sleep, may treat your snoring or sleep apnea. If it doesn’t help with your symptoms, there are other procedures and surgeries than can help open your airways.

sleep apnea

Is My Snoring Sleep Apnea?

According to The American Academy of Otolaryngology, about 45 percent of adults snore occasionally. Snoring once and awhile is perfectly normal, but snoring on a regular basis can disrupt both your sleep patterns and effect those around you.

How to avoid pollen

How to Enjoy the Outdoors and Avoid the Pollen

Winter is passing and you can finally enjoy an outdoor walk instead of staying inside all day; unless you’re one of 18 million Americans suffering from spring allergies.

healthy sinuses

Five Tips for Keeping Your Sinuses Healthy

Have you ever woken up with sinus pressure, a stuffy nose and sore throat? That’s your sinuses reacting to an irritant. Here are a few tips from Dr. Trenkle and the rest of the team to keep your respiratory system healthy.

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