Congestion, allergic rhinitis, a deviated septum and mouth sores are just a few of the varied health problems that occur in this region of the body. Information about ways you can relieve symptoms at home and when you should see a physician can be found in this section.
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Conditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of hearing disorders, and what ENT-head and neck physicians can do to evaluate and treat these problems
Maladies of the throat can be a mere nuisance or a major ordeal. Tonsillitis, voice disorders, and even hoarseness all interfere with our ability to communicate. Many of these conditions can be improved or corrected with the care of an ENT physician or head and neck surgeon.
Many surgical advances are being made in this area. Procedures such as tonsillectomy and facial plastic surgery are becoming less invasive, and new procedures are being developed to treat serious problems such as cleft palate, sleep apnea and deafness.
Children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however symptoms may show themselves differently and treatment methods that work well in adults may not be appropriate for children. This section identifies common pediatric ENT, head and neck ailments and what you should ask your child’s doctor about diagnosis and treatment.
Early detection is critical to preventing fatal outcomes. Cancers of the head and neck such as laryngeal cancer can be particularly aggressive. Signs of cancer of the head and neck include changes in the skin, pain, prolonged hoarseness, and sudden loss of voice. If you suffer from any of these symptoms you should see an ENT or head and neck physician immediately.
TMJ NextGeneration™ is a new option for the treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder pain. These FDA-cleared devices rest in the outer portion of your ear canal. They are similar to earplugs, however they are hollow, so they do not affect your hearing. They have small posts that allow you to easily remove and reinsert them. They are almost invisible when inserted.
Studies show that TMJ NextGeneration™ decreases TMJ Disorder (TMD/TMJD) pain as effectively as dental oral appliances. 100% of subjects in the studies indicated excellent (71%) or good (29%) overall satisfaction with TMJ NextGeneration™. Patients wearing the devices in a three month clinical study experienced a significant reduction in the pain and dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD/TMJD), to an extent at least as much as that experienced by patients wearing a bite splint or following a specified jaw exercise regimen. No unexpected or serious adverse events were reported and a comparable safety profile to the bite splint was observed.
The ear canal is very close to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and changes in shape during eating and speech. The outer ear canal size can be up to 20% larger when the jaw is open. Wearing TMJ NextGeneration™ prevents the ear canal from collapsing when the jaw is closed. See below to learn about how this is thought to make the device work.
In a clinical trial, subjects experienced statistically significant pain reduction while using TMJ NextGeneration™ devices. Visual Analog Scale scores showed a 58 percent pain reduction after three months of use. At the end of the trial, 100 percent of subjects reported good to excellent results.*
*Tavera A, et al: Approaching Temporomandibular Disorders From a New Direction. A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of the TMDes Ear System. J Craniomandibular Practice July 2012; Vol 30, No 3, 172-181.