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Flying Comfortably: How to Relieve Sinus and Ear Pressure

Republished from Healthline.com If you must travel with a sinus or ear infection, there are ways to relieve pressure and ease pain before and during your flight. Below are some tips for relieving sinus and ear pain and pressure during a flight: Seek medical care Before your flight, speak with a healthcare professional to make sure you’re experiencing a sinus infection, as its symptoms are similar to: the common cold allergies the flu COVID-19 A healthcare professional can provide you […]

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Unlocking the Power of Hearing: A Journey to Improved Brain Health

This month, we’re celebrating not one, but two significant awareness campaigns close to our hearts: National Speech-Language-Hearing month and Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s no coincidence that these two vital causes align in May, as they are deeply interconnected in ways that may surprise you. Did you know that hearing loss affects 1 in 5 people? Beyond the obvious challenges of impaired hearing, research reveals a startling correlation between hearing loss and brain health. For many, the inability to hear

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Zara’s Journey to Hearing: A Pediatric Cochlear Implant Success Story

Introducing Zara, a recent recipient of bilateral cochlear implants under the care of Courtney Voelker, MD, PhD. Zara’s story is just one of many inspiring journeys we’ve witnessed in our pediatric cochlear implant program. What sets Zara apart is the remarkable timing of her surgery – at just 7 months old, two months earlier than the FDA’s recommended age for cochlear implantation. Thanks to the dedication of our cochlear implant team, Zara’s procedure was approved, paving the way for her

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Highlights From Our First Annual Facial Nerve Symposium

On Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th, Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Dr. Amit Kochhar, Director of the Facial Nerve Disorders Program, proudly hosted the inaugural Facial Nerve Symposium. This two-day event was a momentous occasion, featuring esteemed guest speakers from around the country, live patient demonstrations, and an invaluable cadaver lab experience. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors whose support made this event possible: Axogen, Checkpoint Surgical, KLS Martin, and the Linda Tallen & David Paul Kane

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Speech Therapy: How it Helps in Multiple Sclerosis

This story was republished from Medical News Today   Multiple sclerosis (MS) may cause problems with speech and communication because it affects various parts of the brain. A speech therapist can help identify specific speech issues and determine suitable treatment strategies.  Speaking is a complex process that involves the coordination of muscles, breathing, and hearing, all controlled by the brain. These processes occur in a fraction of a second, so people are unaware that they take place.  The brain identifies the

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January: Thyroid Awareness Month

Republished from Medical News Today The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that are essential for heart rate, digestion, mood, and other functions crucial to human health. The thyroid produces the hormones calcitonin, thyroxine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones keep body processes, including metabolism, mood, breathing, and heart rate, running smoothly. Diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis cause a hormone imbalance, disrupting the thyroid gland’s hormone production to varying degrees.

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Embracing Sound: National Audiology Awareness Month 

Imagine a world without the melodious chirping of birds, the soothing whispers of the wind, or the joyous laughter of loved ones. Our ability to hear is a valuable gift that enriches our lives in countless ways. However, in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, we often take this gift for granted. As National Audiology Awareness Month approaches, it’s time to turn our attention to the significance of audiogram tests and the transformative success of cochlear implant programs.

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Understanding UPPP: A Breakthrough Procedure for Patients

Unraveling the Mystery of Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for Snoring and Sleep Apnea  Snoring and sleep apnea are common sleep disorders that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life and overall health. Many patients suffering from these conditions often seek relief through various treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices. However, for some, these conventional methods may not provide the desired results. In such cases, Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) emerges as a promising surgical option.   What is UPPP? Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) aims to treat

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Dan’s Story – Unbreakable Resilience of a Cancer Survivor

Watch Dan’s Story: Unbreakable Resilience of a Cancer Survivor Step into the remarkable story of Dan Sanderson, a true embodiment of resilience and strength. Having initially faced the challenges of a misdiagnosis, Dan’s path took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer. With unwavering perseverance, he found his way to Pacific Neuroscience Institute, where our esteemed otolaryngologists performed surgery on Dan. Dr. Walgama and Dr. Kochhar, undertook the complex task of cancer removal and neck reconstruction.  One

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Overcoming Hearing Loss: Kristi’s Journey to Sound

Watch Kristi’s Story – Overcoming Hearing Loss: Kristi’s Journey to Sound Imagine waking up one day to a world of silence. For 25-year-old Kristi, this became her reality when she experienced sudden hearing loss in her left ear at the age of eight. Despite numerous medical consultations and hearing tests, she was told there was no solution. However, fate had other plans for Kristi, leading her on a remarkable journey towards hearing restoration and a life-changing experience. In this blog

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