Swallowing Therapy

If FEES indicates that swallowing therapy with a speech pathologist is needed, treatment may involve: Texture modifications of food and liquid to ensure safe swallowing Strategies to compensate for ineffective swallowing during food and liquid intake Exercises to improve pharyngeal and laryngeal (throat) range-of-motion Oral-motor exercises to improve lip and tongue strength and range-of-motion

FEES

Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, or FEES, is a procedure used to asses swallowing function. A trained speech pathologist inserts a thin tube or endoscope, through the patient’s nasal cavity until it reaches the upper throat. The patient then consumes different consistencies of food and liquids, all colored with green food coloring for contrast, to
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Musician’s Earmolds

If you are a musician, or a frequent concert attendee, consider musician’s earplugs. While foam plugs work well for general protection, musicians tend to avoid them because they attenuate some frequencies more than others, thus distorting the sound. Custom musician’s earplugs have a filter in them that allows for a flat attenuation, putting the volume
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Hearing Protection

Most people do not realize that their daily activities, whether occupational or recreational, can be potentially hazardous to their hearing. Exposure to loud noise(s) can damage the hearing mechanisms in our ears. The damage may be temporary or permanent depending on the intensity and duration of the noise exposure. Numerous recreational activities can also be
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Swim Plugs

Some patients recovering from ear infections or ear surgery, as well as those with chronic conditions such as drainage, must keep their ear canals dry to prevent more severe problems from developing. Custom swim plugs prevent moisture from entering the ear canal and are optimal for swimming and showering.

Tips for Managing Tinnitus

Avoid silence—use environmental sounds such as relaxing music, sound machines, or other soothing sounds to reduce the contrast between silence an your tinnitus Reduce stress— Engage in activities that can reduce anxiety/stress such as exercise, yoga, etc. Get plenty of sleep—Your body needs adequate rest. Use soothing environmental sounds at your bedside if needed to
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Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) was developed by Pawel Jastreboff, Ph.D. and is based on his neuophysiological model of tinnitus. This method of treatment requires two components – directive counseling and sound therapy. Directive counseling focuses on education about tinnitus/hyperacusis and the interactions with other systems in the body. Sound therapy is used to help the
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Evaluations

Initial Counseling Session (1 hour): This appointment is not covered by insurance: Reviews test results in detail, explains the neurophysiological model of tinnitus and TRT, explains the concept of habituation of your tinnitus, thoroughly explains appropriate treatment options available to the patient.

Insurance Coverage

Some patients have hearing instrument benefits as a part of their health insurance policy. ENTAA Care can assist you in determining if hearing instruments are included in your insurance coverage.