Patient Information

Disclaimer: The information linked below is for informational purposes only and should in no way be considered a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your family doctor with questions about your individual condition(s) and/or circumstances.

Ear disorders:

Your ear has three main parts: outer, middle and inner. You use all of them in hearing. Sound waves come in through your outer ear, then reach your middle ear, where they make your eardrum vibrate. The vibrations are transmitted through three tiny bones, called ossicles, in your middle ear to reach your inner ear, a snail-shaped organ called the cochlea. The inner ear makes the nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Your brain recognizes them as sounds. The inner ear also controls balance.

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Nose injuries and disorders:

Whether it’s large or small, button-like or beak-like, your nose is important to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. Your nose also contains the nerve cells that help your sense of smell. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer. For example, the stuffy nose of the common cold can make it hard for you to breathe, sleep or get comfortable.

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Throat disorders:

Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx. The technical name for throat is pharynx.
Throat problems are common. You’ve probably had a sore throat. The cause is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with strep bacteria or the upward movement of stomach acids into the esophagus, called gastric reflux.

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