Posts for category: ENT news

By Dr Gillespie
March 07, 2014
Category: ENT news
Tags: pediatric   infant   sound machine   hearing loss  

A recent article titled Infant Sleep Machines and Hazardous Sound Pressure Levels was published in Pediatrics. The study found that infant sleep machines can potentially cause hearing loss in infants. The study made the following recommendations for families

1. Place the sound machine as far away as possible from the infant and never in the crib or on a crib rail.
2. Play the sound machine at a low volume.
3. Operate the sound machine for a short duration of time. 


Sounds machines can help infants sleep, just do not play them too loud or too close to the baby. 

By Christina Gillespie, MD
February 05, 2014
Category: ENT news
Tags: Kids   pediatric  

February is Kids ENT Health Month! National health statistics reveal that pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders remain among the primary reasons children visit a physician, with ear infections ranking as the number one reason for an appointment. From earaches to choking hazards, kids can suffer from a variety of ailments that require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Children can also suffer from conditions normally only associated with adults, like chronic acid reflux and sleep apnea, which may require a visit to a specialist. 

By Dr Gillespie
January 14, 2014
Category: ENT news
Tags: NFL   deafness   football  

Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman is the first legally deaf player to be part of an NFL offense. He has battled a hearing loss since age 3.  Through the use of hearing aids and lip reading, he joined the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted second-year player. Coleman backs up starter Michael Robinson for the NFC's top seed and favorite to get to the Super Bowl.  In a recent article published in Sporting News NFL, Coleman described the challenges he faced growing up.  “Every challenge I had, overcoming, it didn't come quick. The biggest thing is just how persistent my mom and family were in not making me using my hearing aids as an excuse, telling me to work extra hard at everything I do as a person, no matter if needed the hearing aids or not. Every kid faces some challenge growing up. I just had to prove to other people I was just like them, but I knew that right from the start, I was just as good as everybody else.”