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By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
April 11, 2019
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: hearing aid  

Find out whether a hearing aid would make it easier to understand those around you.

While it should seem obvious whether you are dealing with hearing loss or not, for many it’s not that simple. Since it often comes about Hearing Aidgradually, it can be difficult to pinpoint whether you are having trouble with your hearing or not. Find out the common signs of hearing loss so that you know when to schedule a screening with our Pittsfield, MA, otolaryngologist, Dr. Giulio Cavalli.

 

You Have Trouble Understanding People on the Phone

Do you find that you have to turn the volume up to the highest setting in order to understand what others are saying to you on the phone? If you find yourself turning the volume up often or straining to hear the person on the other end, then you may be dealing with hearing loss.

 

The TV is Too Loud…for Others

You find yourself straining to understand what is being said on the TV while everyone else around you seems to understand perfectly. Do members of your family complain about the volume of the TV when you are watching? If so, then it might be time to see our Pittsfield, MA, ENT doctor for an evaluation.

 

You Strain to Hear Those Around You

Do you find yourself mentally exhausted by the end of the day because you’ve been working hard to follow conversations? If you find that conversing with colleagues, friends, and family has you feeling worn out and tired both physically and mentally then you could be dealing with hearing loss.

 

You’ve Given Up on Trying to Understand People in Loud Places

Do you find it nearly impossible to understand anyone when standing in a crowd or sitting in a loud restaurant? If you find yourself unable to follow a conversation or disengaging from the group while everyone else is actively engaged and talking, then hearing loss might be to blame. Luckily, a hearing aid can help improve certain sounds, making it easier to understand what people are saying even in noisier settings.

 

You Misunderstand What People Say

Besides saying “What?” a lot, you may also find that what you thought you heard wasn’t what you heard at all (yikes!). Misunderstanding what people say can be frustrating and—at times—downright embarrassing. This is a warning sign of high-frequency hearing loss, which can affect your ability to properly hear certain sounds and pitches.

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you suspect that you might have some degree of hearing loss, then it’s time to dial (413) 443-6116 to schedule a hearing screening at our Pittsfield office. Remember, the sooner you seek treatment for your hearing loss, the better! Let us help you become part of the conversation again.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
January 24, 2019
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: Hearing Aid Types  

Is your child experiencing hearing loss? Just ask your Pittsfield, MA, doctor.

The reasons behind hearing loss vary in their causes and manifestations, and happens to people of all ages. It is important to understand how hearing works before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss though.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss (according to the CDC):

  • Isn't startled from loud noises and does't turn to the source of a sound after 6 months of age

  • Delayed, or unclear speech

  • Does not follow directions, or respond to their name, which is mistaken for not paying attention, or just ignoring

  • Hears some sounds but not others, and turns TV volume up too high

Your Pittsfield doctor determines the best course of action by conducting comprehensive hearing evaluations, such as tinnitus evaluations, hearing aid fittings (a time to orient to new hearing aid), hearing aid checks (usually scheduled every six months), and hearing aid evaluations to ask questions and discuss expectations.

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal of amplifying sounds at specific frequencies where there's hearing loss can improve overall quality of life, such as the listening environment, especially when you're placed in a noisy place. Hearing aids amplify sound to make speech more intelligible, ease communication so it's less tiring, and preserve nerve networks in the brain.

Types of Hearing Aids:

There is a variety of hearing aids that are rechargeable, have android and i-phone compatibility, automated programming to ease use, discreet, remote programming and suitable for patients with an active, casual, and/or quiet lifestyle.

Here are a few:

  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid held that sits behind the ear.
  • Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
  • Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.

Hearing loss is difficult to deal with, but you don't have to be alone. The doctor at Pittsfield, MA, can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life by offering different types of hearing aids.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
October 01, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sore throat   Hoarseness  

Has your voice suddenly become hoarse? Although nearly everyone experiences hoarseness from time to time, the symptoms improve onSmoking Woman their own in a few weeks in most cases. If your hoarseness continues longer than two or three weeks, it's a good idea to pay a visit to Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ear, nose, and throat doctor in Pittsfield, MA. Dr. Cavalli can help you determine the cause of your hoarseness and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Why am I hoarse?

Diagnosing your condition starts with a head and neck examination and a discussion of your symptoms and your medical history. Your Pittsfield ENT may also examine your vocal cords using a thin, flexible scope that contains a light and a miniature camera. The scope is passed through your nose and into the upper part of your throat.

Common causes of hoarseness include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder (LRP)
  • Laryngitis
  • Normal effects of aging
  • Singing or yelling for extended periods
  • Smoking
  • Colds and upper respiratory infections
  • Seasonal or food allergies
  • Benign polyps, nodules or cysts on your larynx (voice box)
  • Trauma to your throat and larynx
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disease

Although hoarseness can be caused by cancer, changes in your voice are more often caused by other health problems.

What treatments are available for hoarseness?

Treatment for hoarseness depends on the cause of your symptoms. If you have GERD or LRP, you may benefit from taking medications that decrease stomach acid production. Treating allergies, quitting smoking, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke can be helpful, as can drinking more water and increasing the humidity in your home. Hoarseness caused by an underlying illness or condition may be improved by treating that condition.

A few sessions with a speech pathologist may be recommended if hoarseness occurs due to overuse of your larynx. The speech pathologist can help you change the way you produce sounds to prevent straining your vocal cords. Surgery may be needed if hoarseness is caused by a cyst, polyp or tumor.

Are you concerned about hoarseness? Call Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ENT doctor in Pittsfield, MA, at (413) 443-6116 to schedule an appointment.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
July 11, 2018
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing aidAre you having difficulty hearing? Are you experiencing hearing loss?

The reasons behind hearing loss vary and affect people of all ages. Your Pittsfield, MA, doctors can evaluate the type of hearing loss you're suffering from: sudden or gradual, in one ear or both, and if it's temporary or permanent. They'll also provide you with proper hearing aids.

How doctors evaluate a person's hearing?

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations: A time for questions and discussion of expectations.
  • Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations: Such as tinnitus evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Checks: These are usually scheduled every six months.
  • Hearing Aid Fittings: A time to orient to new hearing aid(s).

Pittsfield Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal is to create an overall better quality of life, especially when you're placed in a noisy place.

The hearing aids accomplish this amplification by making speech more intelligible, preserving nerve networks in the brain, and making communication less tiring.

There are a variety of hearing aids. Some more discreet than others, but you can choose whichever one is suitable for your lifestyle.

Here are a few:

  • Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
  • Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.
  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid that sits behind the ear.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.

It's difficult to deal with hearing loss, but you don't have to be alone. The doctors at Pittsfield, MA, can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn more about the different hearing aids, call (413) 443-6116.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
April 24, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Mouth Sores  

Mouth sores are a painful ordeal. They make eating and drinking difficult and may be something more severe if you don't look into them.mouth sores Dr. Giulio Cavalli can help assess your mouth sores. Your Pittsfield, MA, ENT can tell you about the different types of sores and how to treat them.

White Patches

When people chew their cheeks, or wear dentures or braces, the skin is irritated. The white patches developed inside your mouth is only healed when you stop the habit, or remove the oral application causing irritation.

Cold Sores

The contagious and painful fluid-filled blisters appear on the lips or around your mouth, and is caused by the herpes simplex virus. If you're suffering from a fever, sunburn, or hormonal change, the sore may manifest itself. There's no cure but prescription ointments help alleviate pain.

Candidiasis

The painful red and beige-colored patch results from a fungal infection. Candidiasis makes it difficult to taste and swallow, and usually affects people suffering from immune system problems.

Canker Sores

These painful sores appear in the mouth and aren't contagious. The small sore has a red border and pain is reduced with the use of prescription medication and/ topical treatments. Canker sores take one to two weeks to be treated.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer appears as painless canker sores on the tongue, or floor of the mouth, and any tissue near the mouth. The most common precancerous cells are leukoplakias, which manifests as white lesions near the tongue, cheeks or gums, and erythroplakia, which are red elevated lesions that have a great chance of becoming malignant.

To diagnose either of them, leukoplakias and erythroplakia, you need to undergo a biopsy with your Pittsfield ENT.

If you are worried about oral cancer or have a painful mouth sore that won't go away, you can schedule an appointment with your ENT, Dr. Giulio Cavalli. Your Pittsfield, MA, doctor can be reached at (413) 443-6116‎.





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