Vitale ENT's audiology specialists are experienced with almost every type of hearing and balance problem, and they work with you to arrive at a diagnosis and develop solutions. They are trained and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), use best practices, and adhere to the ASHA code of ethics.
Hearing is essential for our overall health. Hearing loss has been attributed to feelings of isolation, depression, fatigue, stress, social rejection, low self-esteem, anger, tension, stress, irritability, withdrawal from social situations, reduced alertness, impaired memory and reduced quality of life.
Acute otitis media, more commonly referred to as an ear infection, is a bacterial or viral infection of the middle ear. The middle ear is the hollow space behind the eardrum; it contains three small bones that are instrumental in moving sound wave vibrations from the outer to the inner ear. Bacterial and viral infections lead to inflammation and fluid buildup, which is what causes an earache.
Dizziness is one of the leading health complaints in the United States, affecting an estimated nine million people annually. For those over the age of 70, it’s the top reason for a visit to the doctor’s office – not surprising, given the prevalence of falls in the elderly population.
Once you’ve seen an audiologist and been tested for hearing loss, your doctor may decide you could benefit from hearing aids. There are a wide variety of hearing aid manufacturers and types of hearing aids available, which may make the process of choosing a hearing aid seem overwhelming. That’s why our specialists are available to help you.
Hearing tests used on children vary slightly from those used on adults. Depending on the age of the child, objective tests must be used since young children cannot vocalize what they can and cannot hear. Pure-tone testing, auditory brainstem response evaluations and otoacoustic emissions are the most common testing methods for children.
The tonsils and adenoids are part of the lymphatic system and serve as defenders of the immune system, protecting your body by preventing germs and bacteria from entering through your mouth and nose. Occasionally, they will develop problems themselves, requiring the attention of an ENT specialist. Infection of the tonsils and adenoids are common childhood illness, striking those between the ages of 5 and 15 most often.
Pediatric audiology is the study and treatment of hearing loss in infants, toddlers and children. Our experts evaluate and treat children of all developmental stages. Our goal is to detect and treat hearing loss and other ear-related disorders in children as early as possible. Since our audiologists work closely with our ENTs, we can care for your child’s whole hearing health.
Allergy and sinus conditions are common in children, whose sinuses continue to develop well into the teen years. Allergy and sinus symptoms are similar, making a proper diagnosis a bit challenging. Symptoms of allergy and sinus conditions include runny nose, sneezing, stuffiness, coughing, sore throat, wheezing, headaches, snoring and itchy eyes and nose. When your child is diagnosed with allergies and avoiding the allergen trigger isn’t possible, treatment consists of a variety of medications or immunotherapy
Vitale ENT provides both surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the body to improve appearance and confidence. Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures.
Facial plastics, or plastic surgery, got its name from the Greek word plastikos which means “to mold or give form.” There are many reasons people have plastic surgery, and not all are the cosmetic “face lift” you may have in mind. Plastic surgeons can remove skin cancers and dangerous moles, reconstruct facial defects and reduce scars and burns on the skin. Whatever your reason, you can trust us with your facial plastics procedure.
The purpose of body contouring is to improve the tone of your skin and the shape of your frame. Body contouring is a surgical procedure where excess skin and fat is removed and the shape of underlying support tissue is remodeled. Most people choose to undergo body contouring after major weight loss, since skin may lack elasticity to conform to the new body size.
Breast enhancement is a procedure where breast implants or fat transfers are placed in the breast to increase size. Other reasons for breast enhancement include restoring volume after weight loss or surgery, creating a more rounded shape and achieving natural-looking symmetry. Breast lifting for aging breasts is another form of breast enhancement that does not use implants.
A sinus infection, also called sinusitis, is inflammation and swelling of the tissues that line the sinuses. This interferes with normal mucus drainage, leading to breathing difficulties, pain and pressure. When the condition persists for 12 weeks or longer, it is considered chronic.
Allergies, or allergic diseases, refer to the immune system’s hypersensitivity to something in one’s environment. Some allergies include hay fever, food allergies, dermatitis, allergic asthma and anaphylaxis. Allergy symptoms include red itchy eyes, swelling, rash, runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath and itchy or plugged ears. Common allergens are pollens, grasses, foods, metals, insect bites or stings, medications and more.
Allergies are an exaggerated immune system response to a substance that is otherwise harmless. Identifying the trigger is necessary in order to formulate a treatment plan. This requires allergy testing. Your doctor will review your medical history, ask questions about your symptoms and administer either a skin or blood test. Once the allergen trigger is found, treatment can begin.
We treat many nasal and sinus conditions. Most of these can be managed or cured using nonsurgical treatments. In some cases, though, our physicians may recommend surgical solutions. Whether or not you’ll require surgery depends entirely on your individual health and personal needs.
During your first balloon sinuplasty consultation, Dr. Paul DiPasquale will help you prepare for the balloon sinuplasty procedure to achieve the very best outcome. You’ll have a complete exam to be sure there are no conditions that would keep you from having the treatment.
Laryngitis is swelling and irritation of the larynx (voice box). It causes hoarseness and, in some cases, voice loss. It can be acute (short-lived) or chronic (long-lasting), but it is usually the result of a temporary viral infection or vocal strain, which clears up quickly. Persistent laryngitis that lasts longer than two weeks could be the sign of a serious condition and should be evaluated by a doctor.
You may have a voice disorder if you have trouble controlling pitch, volume, tone or other voice qualities. Symptoms of voice disorders include quivering sound, hoarseness, choppiness, breathiness or unusual pitch. Other symptoms are physical, like feeling a lump in your throat when speaking, feeling tired in your throat or voice box and tenderness on the outside of your throat.
The thyroid gland sits in front of the trachea, below the larynx. It is responsible for controlling metabolism by producing hormones that are carried through the bloodstream, affecting everything from oxygen to heat consumption. When your thyroid produces too much or too little hormone, it can have a serious adverse effect on your body.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition characterized by pauses in breathing that occur repeatedly throughout the night. They may last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes and occur in conjunction with loud snoring. People with sleep apnea often feel tired during the day since their quality of sleep is poor.
As many as forty-five percent of adults report occasional snoring, but over twenty-five percent snore every night. Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction in air flow in the back of the mouth and nose. The sound we hear is the result of the tongue and upper throat vibrating against the soft palate and uvula during breathing.