Simple Ways to Keep Your Hearing Healthy

Protecting your ears from loud noises is the most important thing you can do to keep your hearing healthy. Our ears are sensitive, and we experience are many different things in our daily lives that can cause permanent hearing damage. While it’s impractical to avoid exposure to every loud noise, the ENTs at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center offer these easy measures you can take to protect your hearing in certain situations. We all enjoy our smartphones and mobile devices that allow access to our favorite music wherever we go. But keep in mind that playing music too loud over earbuds can cause hearing damage! Because earbuds and headphones project sound directly into our ear canals, we must avo

Why Getting Your Child Tested for Allergies is Important

At Arkansas Otolaryngology Center, we believe getting your child tested for allergies should be a priority. Allergy testing can help prevent greater health complications as your child gets older. The main reason an allergy test is important is determining the cause of a child’s symptoms. If a child has irritated or inflamed nostrils (a condition called allergic rhinitis), rashes, or has had a severe reaction to food, medication, or an insect sting, you should schedule an appointment you’re your child’s doctor to get an allergy test. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 40 million to 60 million Americans have allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Detecti

Common Causes of a Sore Throat and How To Treat

Having a sore throat is no fun. This time of year, the ENTs at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Central Arkansas often treat and see patients with sore throats due to illness, allergies, weather, or all of the above. Let’s take a look at the causes of and some of the treatments available for a sore throat. Viral and bacterial infections are the major causes of sore throats. A cold virus often causes throat irritation and difficulty breathing, as do more severe viral infections such as the flu, measles, chicken pox, and whooping cough. Another common virus that causes a sore throat is mononucleosis, which can last a while. The “mono” virus affects the lymph nodes and often causes enlargement

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