Why Do My Ears Pop on Planes?

Many people have difficulty equalizing pressure in their ears while flying. If your ears don’t equalize, it’s usually on plane landing. Some only experience a fullness or pressure in their ears. Others have pain and hearing loss. In most individuals the pressure equalizes shortly after landing. In some it may persist for much longer. Planes must be pressurized for passenger and crew comfort. At an altitude of 20,000-30,000 feet it is difficult to breath as there’s less oxygen at those altitudes. Commercial planes are usually pressurized to an altitude of 6,000-8,000 feet. At that pressure we can breathe normally. At…
Lady Looking Out of Plane Window
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

What is Tongue Tie or Ankyloglossia?

Tongue-tie in medical terminology is called Ankyloglossia and it’s a condition that some babies are born with. In tongue tie, there’s a band of tissue called the frenulum that extends from the floor of the mouth to the undersurface of the tongue. This band may restrict the normal movement of the tongue. The degree of interference it causes determines the need to treat it. The most common indication for treating a releasing tongue-tie is difficulty breastfeeding. In an older child, symptoms of difficulty eating or with speech may occur although this is relatively unusual. With breastfeeding problems the infant may chew painfully…
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Complications of Strep Throat

  Chances are that you or your child has had Strep throat at one point or another but did you know that if left untreated, it can cause complications? Though rare, complications of Strep throat can be very serious. Streptococcus, or Strep, is a bacteria that can infect the throat as well as other areas of the body. Many patients don't realize that Strep throat is actually tonsillitis or pharyngitis that happens to be caused by Strep bacteria. Thankfully, strep can be easily diagnosed with a rapid strep test or throat culture in your doctor's office. It's important to note that it cannot be…
Doctor with Patient Tongue Depressor
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Unusual Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose & Throat

  Ticks in ears and batteries in noses. You'd be surprised by the types of foreign objects ENT doctors remove from someone's ear, nose and throat on a regular basis, especially children! ENT specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, recounts some of the most bizarre, dangerous and downright weird objects that he's removed from ears, noses and throats over the years. Things can get stuck in people’s ears, nose or throat in a variety of ways. Sometimes it's accidental and uncontrollable, other times it may be the result of a curious child innocently sticking something in their nose or ear. Either scenario can be equally scary for…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Why Do We Get More Colds In The Winter?

Can you catch a cold from the cold? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care explains why the cold weather increases our chances of catching viruses! Most adults get 2-3 colds a year and children even more. It seems that the winter is the worst time for catching a cold. There are 2 main reasons for this. Firstly what we do in cold weather is very different from what we do in warm weather. Secondly our defenses against cold viruses don’t work as well in cold temperatures. Our activities when it’s cold outside are much…
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Why Does My Nose Run So Much in the Winter?

If you live in New England, you're no stranger to cold weather. As soon as the temps drop, we instinctively break out our winter coats and boxes of tissues and prepare for the inevitable runny nose. You know the feeling. You're walking your dog, shoveling snow, sledding in the backyard and you feel the unpleasant sensation of your nose dripping. No matter how much you sniffle and try to stifle it, your nose just won't stop running. But what is it about the cold air that seems to turn our noses into faucets? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist…
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Losing Hearing In Your 20s or 30s? It Might Be Otosclerosis.

If you’re in your 20’s or early 30’s and have noticed that you’re having a harder time hearing, you may have a disease called Otosclerosis that tends to run in families. This condition is the most common cause of middle ear hearing loss in young adults. It typically begins in early to mid-adulthood. What is Otosclerosis? When sound enters the ear canal it bumps up against the eardrum. The sound is then conducted through the eardrum to the three bones of hearing. The last bone is called the stapes. When you have otosclerosis, the stapes doesn’t transmit the sound to the inner…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Should You Use Q-Tip’s For Cleaning Ears?

There’s an old expression that goes something like “put nothing into your ears smaller than your elbow.” That’s good advice and certainly includes cotton swabs. The package that cotton swabs come in is in agreement, stating not to use them inside your ears. They’re meant to be used around the outside folds of the ear. Below we discuss why. Earwax and Your Ear Canals Ear canals produce cerumen (wax) to protect the skin of the ear canal. Ears should but don’t always clean themselves. If there’s an accumulation of ear wax the ear feels full and your hearing may be…
Man Cleaning His Ears With A Q-Tip
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Demystifying Tinnitus, Or Ringing In The Ear

  We recently observed Tinnitus Week, February 5-11. While tinnitus is a very common problem, many people don’t understand it. So we’ll shed a little light on it below. What Is Tinnitus Tinnitus is when someone hears a noise in one or both ears when there is no actual noise. It can sound like a ringing, hissing, buzzing or pulsation. In some people, the noise is intermittent and in others constant. The loudness may vary as well. For most people with tinnitus, the sounds are loudest when in a quiet environment, especially when trying to sleep. If others can hear…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat

Is Earwax Bad and How Do I Remove It?

Earwax is a normal human secretion called cerumen. Our ears are designed to clean themselves naturally. Unfortunately, in some people, this is not always the case. Earwax can build up and get impacted – impairing your hearing. If built up earwax is bothering you, it’s important to remove it properly so as not to harm yourself. Earwax 101 Earwax, or cerumen, is produced by glands in the skin of the ear canal. Cerumen has a number of important protective properties. It moisturizes the ear canal skin and protects the skin from certain infections. Wax accumulates in some people due to…
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Topics: Blog, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat
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