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Eustachian Balloon Tuboplasty: A New, Promising Technique for a Common Issue – October 2017

Note to patients:  I am writing this because a new technique (balloon Eustachian tuboplasty) has been “advertised” as a “cure-all” for this disorder, but is only appropriate for a minority of patients. Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) is so common that … Continue reading

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Too Many Birthdays – September 2016

Too Many Birthdays If we are fortunate enough, and are blessed with good sense, good medical care and good genes, we will grow old. Try as we may, we cannot stave off the deterioration of our bodies and mind forever.  … Continue reading

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Sudden Hearing Loss – March 2016

Every day in my clinic I talk to several people who have come in to discuss gradual hearing loss that has finally become somewhat disabling. I can offer these individuals a number of approaches to enhance their communication skills. Hearing … Continue reading

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Top 10 Medical Myths in ENT Practice – June 2015

When you have been in medical practice as long as I, you tend to hear the same stories repeatedly. In general, the patient population is becoming better informed and educated, as most take the time to research their ailments, available … Continue reading

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Dizziness or Vertigo – January 2015

One of the more challenging situations I encounter in my patient care is the person who suffers from a balance disorder. Very often, the symptoms are so unusual to the patient; they have great difficulty even describing it to me. … Continue reading

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Hoarseness – August 2014

HOARSENESS Every day I work in my clinic, I meet at least one person whose concern is a raspy, hoarse or abnormal voice. As a general rule, after I examine them with special instruments that enable me to get a … Continue reading

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Snoring: Significance and Solutions – March 2014

One of the more common scenarios I encounter in practice is meeting with a couple whose relationship is disrupted to some degree by snoring.  The “snorer” sits sheepishly in the exam chair, while the other is not shy to tell … Continue reading

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Nosebleeds – November 2013

Nosebleeds (medical term “epistaxis,” from the Greek “to drip”) are the most frustrating maladies treated by Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physicians. Many of my ENT colleagues call nosebleeds “the bane of their existence.” While this may be true, since … Continue reading

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Skin Cancer of the Head and Neck – April 2013

In Colorado, we enjoy over 300 sunny days a year. Not only is sunlight conducive to outdoor activities, exposure to it can enhance mood, increase Vitamin D levels and treat seasonal depression. However, the combination of sun exposure and certain … Continue reading

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Ear Pain – January 2013

Every day in my practice, I see several patients whose primary complaint is ear pain.  Very often, these patients are referred to me by a primary care physician who has examined these individuals, and not seen any obvious cause for … Continue reading

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Rhinoplasty – October 2012

“Rhinoplasty” literally means “molding or shaping a nose.” In my opinion, this surgery demands more judgement, precision and planning than most we perform. Traditionally the surgery is done by ENT surgeons, or general plastic surgeons. It is my opinion that … Continue reading

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Tinnitus – April 2012

The Causes and Management of “Tinnitus” Famous Quotes “My ears whistle and buzz continuously…this condition is truly frightful!” Ludwig van Beethoven, 1802 “I have severe hearing damage.  It’s manifested itself as tinnitus, ringing in the ears at the frequencies I … Continue reading

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Navajo Surgeon – January 2012

During the winter of 1980, I was assigned, as part of my residency training in ENT/Head and Neck Surgery, to the Gallup Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico for 4 months. This was an integral part of my surgical … Continue reading

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Oral and Throat Cancer – A New Epidemic – October 2011

Oral and Throat Cancer – A New Epidemic While the incidence of many other cancers is dropping, doctors are seeing a rise in certain types of oral and throat cancer.  For years, when a patient came to my clinic complaining … Continue reading

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Sinusitis and Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – July 2011

It is estimated that 40 million Americans are affected by disease of the sinuses annually, costing our healthcare system in excess of 6 BILLION dollars, without taking into account the financial burden of lost time from work.  At one time … Continue reading

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Lump in the Neck – April 2011

Case Report Mr. John C., a 55-year old, noticed a bump in his left upper neck while he was shaving off a beard he had grown months ago.  The growth did not cause pain when touched, was beneath his earlobe … Continue reading

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Nasal Congestion (The Stuffy Nose) – January 2011

At one time or another during our lives, all of us will suffer from a congested nose. Usually it is temporary, and will respond to simple measures. There are some of us, however, for whom a chronically blocked nose is … Continue reading

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea – October 2010

With the rise in body weight in our nation, there are a multitude of diseases that are related directly to obesity that are at epidemic proportions. Hypertension, degenerative joint disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and a variety of cancers are … Continue reading

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