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October is Audiology Awareness Month

Have you had your hearing tested recently? An estimated 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, but the average hearing loss patient waits seven years before seeking treatment1. This is likely because hearing loss comes on so slowly most people don’t realize they have it.

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September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces hormones used to regulate your body’s metabolism. Thyroid cancer occurs when abnormal cells multiply in the thyroid gland.

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Tinnitus: Understanding the Ringing in Your Ears

Many people experience a persistent ringing in their ears. This is common and referred to as tinnitus, a condition that affects roughly 15 percent of the American population.1 Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound when no sound currently exists. For some it is a minor nuisance, but for others it is a major impediment to their quality of life.

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Protect Your Skin This Summer

It’s summertime! That means family BBQs, dips in the pool and an increase in sun exposure. While hats, sunglasses and sunscreen go a long way toward protecting you, the use of those items alone does not prevent you from developing skin cancer. In fact, 20 percent of Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime,1 making it the most common cancer in the United States.2

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Botox vs. Fillers

It is not unusual for Botox and dermal fillers to be confused. They both have the same purpose: to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. However, they work in very different ways.

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SacENT Physician Takes Leadership Role in Prestigious Organization

Roseville, Calif. (April 10, 2017) - Sacramento Ear Nose & Throat is proud to announce that Dr. Matthew Bowdish, M.D., was elected as the Surgeon of the California Society, Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR) at their spring meeting April 8. 

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Flying Cotton Balls, High Winds and My Itchy Eyes

No doubt if you live in the Sacramento Valley you have seen the wispy white pollen flying in front of your face. The arrival of cottonwood pollen (sp. Populus) only confirms that we are experiencing an extended “pollen vortex”. A very wet winter has led to extreme biomass growth.

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May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month

In honor of Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month, The Allergy Center at SacENT would like to remind the over 20 percent of Americans who are suffering from asthma and asthma related symptoms that relief is just an office visit away.

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Spring into Action and Take Control of Your Seasonal Allergies

I always think of spring as an exciting time of the year.  As the weather warms and the rains subside, we see people all across the Sacramento region getting outside and enjoying what makes Northern California a fabulous place to live.

But the mere mention of “Spring” will elicit a completely different reaction in some people.  For those who suffer from springtime allergies, it can be a time of dread. They can experience uncontrolled sneezing, nasal stuffiness, runny nose and itching of the nose and eyes.  Some will even experience respiratory symptoms like cough, wheeze and asthma attacks.

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Instructions for Ear Care

The ear canals are normally coated with a layer of wax (cerumen) that both cleans and protects the ear canal skin. The ear canals do NOT need to be cleaned. Most ear problems develop from people trying to remove the wax with ear swabs, fingers or other objects or from rubbing the ears because they itch.

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Sinus Pressure That Just Won’t Quit?

An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis, making it the most common chronic condition in the United States, followed by arthritis and heart disease. Inflammation of the sinuses causes a variety of persistent, cold- or allergy-like symptoms, which is why many don’t seek appropriate treatment.

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When to Bring Your Child to an ENT

Ear, nose and throat concerns are among the top reasons children are brought to the doctor. This is because children are especially sensitive to issues like ear infections and allergies, and because certain birth defects such as cleft palates must be treated at a young age to prevent complications later on.

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Chronic Cough

Cough is one of the most common reasons that Americans visit their doctors and it accounts for roughly 30 million unique health care visits per year, or about 8-10% of the population.  When asked in surveys, most people will report that a typical viral-associated cough will last for about a week.  However, scientific studies show that the average duration of a cough due to the common cold is more likely to last around 18 days.

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The Allergy Center at SacENT welcomes Dr. Matthew Bowdish

Sacramento ENT is excited to announce the addition of our new Allergist, Dr. Matthew Bowdish! Dr. Bowdish will be seeing patients at all The Allergy Center at SacENT locations beginning in January 2017.

Sacramento Top Doctors List 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Clutter, Dr. Evans, Dr. Groppo, Dr. McKennan, Dr. Ow, & Dr. Marino for being recognized by their peers as Top Doctors in Sacramento Magazine! View the article here

Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a Deviated Septum

If the cartilage dividing your nasal cavity is off center or crooked, the condition is referred to as a deviated septum. A perfectly straight nasal septum is pretty rare; it’s estimated that about 80 percent of the population has a septum that is off center. The cause of a septal deviation is usually as a result of trauma, however it also can be just part of one’s genetic makeup.

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4 Home Remedies – Fact or Fiction?

With numerous health and wellness blogs suggesting do-it-yourself home remedies, many patients are skipping visits to their doctor’s offices. However, there are misconceptions and concerns about many of these home remedies. Here are the facts behind some of these trendy DIY practices:

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CEO Jeff Dudley Recipient of AOA President’s Award

We are excited to share that our CEO, Jeff Dudley, has received the President’s Award from the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA)! This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of a specific area of AOA. Jeff received this award based on his contributions to The Link Hearing Campaign. The Link is the AOA-supported Primary Care Referral Program, intended to help increase awareness among primary care physicians on the main causes of hearing loss and the link between common comorbid conditions.

S.E.N.T. Hearing Aid Center ranked #2 of 12 for Best Hearing Aid Center

Congratulations to S.E.N.T. Hearing Aid Center for being the runner-up for “Best Hearing Aid Center” on the Sacramento A-List! Go here for more information

Dermatologist Joins Sacramento ENT

Sacramento ear, nose, throat…and skin? You read that right! We are excited to announce that Dermatologist Michael Trauner, M.D., has joined our team. He will start seeing patients Oct. 4, 2016 at the Sacramento & Roseville offices.

Dr. Trauner earned his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency in dermatology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center. Dr. Trauner also completed a fellowship in dermatologic surgery at the New England Medical Center in Boston. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American College of Mohs Surgery.

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Changing the Community

We understand hearing aids can be a significant expense, which can be challenging for some hearing loss patients. This is why S.E.N.T. Hearing Aid Center along with Siemens/Signia is donating a pair of hearing aids to our long-time patient, Gaby Eyman.

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S.E.N.T. Hearing Aid Center Donates Hearing Aids and Services to Long-time Patient

Our audiology and hearing aid practice will be gifting a pair of hearing aids to a long-time patient as a part of our community giving program. This 24 year-old patient, Gabby Eyman was born with Turner Syndrome, which contributed to her hearing loss. Due to the challenges of acquiring hearing aids, Gabby’s current hearing aids no longer fit her hearing loss and contain outdated technology. She is excited to receive her new hearing aids!

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6 Things You Should Do When You Have A Nosebleed

Nosebleeds are alarming. They often accompany trauma, and the sight of blood flowing down your face does not usually help the situation. Fortunately, nosebleeds are typically not nearly as serious as they originally seem

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Dr. Ow Lead Enroller in National Sinus Study

Congratulations to Dr. Ow on the publication of the PROGRESS study which tested the efficacy of the PROPEL mini  in reduction of post-operative intervention following frontal sinus surgery.  Dr. Ow was a lead enroller in this national study which proved a positive outcome for patients with frontal sinus disease. Click here for more information on the PROGRESS Study

Welcome Dr. Michael Trauner

Sacramento ENT would like to welcome our new Dermatologist/Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Michael Trauner, to the practice! Dr. Trauner will begin seeing patients on October 1, 2016. For more information on Dr. Trauner, please visit Dr. Michael Trauner's Biography page

Summertime and Swimmer’s Ear

Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and swim plugs? Are you planning to beat the heat this summer in the water? If you are, you should protect your ears from an infection known as swimmer’s ear.

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7 Signs Your Child Needs a Tonsillectomy

It usually begins with a sore throat and ends with popsicles. A tonsillectomy is the 2nd most common pediatric procedure and is performed more than 500,000 times a year on kids.

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Created in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. It’s an annual occasion designed to raise awareness and encourage the public to take action on their hearing and speech problems.

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5 Tips to Protect Your Voice

World Voice Day is an annual event celebrating the significance of vocal communication and the latest breakthroughs in voice science and the vocal artsIn honor of this year’s event on April 16th, we have put together some tips on preserving your voice and keeping it healthy.

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Sleeping Soundly: How a Sleep Study Could Save Your Life

We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, yet sleep is one of the least understood areas in medicine. Countless medical studies conducted across the world have tried to crack the mystery of sleep, but only one conclusion persists: people need at least six to seven hours of restful sleep every night. Unfortunately, more than a third of Americans report they are not receiving enough sleep, putting them at risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and other physical and mental health problems.

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Live Ballon Sinuplasty Sinus Procedure - Sacramento ENT, Randall Ow, M.D.

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Can Your Nose Make You Fat?

Posted October 15, 2014

It is an unusual thought, and one that is meant to be a little provocative. In a culture obsessed with both appearance and health, could there be an unlikely association between the two? Is it possible that your nose might not make you look fat, but could it actually make you become fat? In considering the matter, there is much to learn about the relationship between the body and its function as well as the role of quality sleep in proper metabolism. Click here to read the full article

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