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A recent column in The New York Times Magazine highlights the importance of clear nasal breathing. The author, Mark O’Connell, describes his nasal obstruction as a sense of “gradual asphyxiation”, and the negative impact it has on his ability to think clearly and write productively. “A blocked nose deadens the mind.” He enthusiastically describes the […]


Sinusitis Explained

The sinuses are a group of hollow spaces that surround the nose and above the eyes. Symptoms of a sinus infection include cloudy or colored runny nose with nasal blockage, and facial pain/pressure. Other symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, loss of energy, reduced sense of smell, tooth pain and ear fullness. Sinus infections […]


Much is lost with hearing loss

Hearing loss is very common, especially among older adults. Between 30 million and 48 million Americans have hearing loss that significantly impacts the quality of their lives. One in three of those older than age 60 is affected by hearing loss. Many people who have hearing loss are unaware of the loss, or do not […]


What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that opens(drains) sinuses without cutting or removing tissue. It was developed by a patient who underwent coronary artery angioplasty and suffered from chronic sinusitis. He envisioned that the less invasive technology used due open his coronary arteries could work to open his sinuses. Balloon Sinuplasty is a treatment for those […]


Snoring in Children is NOT Normal

Snoring occurs because the airway is obstructed during sleep. Severe snoring is associated with repeated drops in oxygen levels during sleep, and may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Children who snore regularly may develop hyperactivity and attention problems, and may be misdiagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(A.D.H.D). They may be excessively sleepy […]


What is the Difference between a Sinus Infection and a Cold?

Colds(upper respiratory infection or URI) are caused by viruses. There are over two hundred viruses that cause colds. The most common is the rhinovirus. Symptoms of a cold are nasal congestion, nasal discharge(watery, cloudy, or sometimes colored), sneezing, sore throat, and cough. The symptoms of a cold generally last for 7-10 days. There is no […]


What is the Difference between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

People who snore make noise when they sleep. People with sleep apnea STOP BREATHING when they sleep. Snoring is a partial obstruction of airflow between the nose and trachea(windpipe) during sleep. Because the obstruction is only partial, there is NO reduction in oxygen level. Sleep apnea is caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep, with […]