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  • The vestibular system: Are you still spinning?

    Posted on 2018-04-15

    The Vestibular System is the reason you are not falling over right now. The Vestibular System processes sensory information about motion, balance, and the spatial environment. The system is comprised of the semicircular canals, the utricle, and the saccule. The utricle and saccule sense your linear and vertical movements, such as walking.

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  • Spring Allergies: Plants and Trees That Cause Allergies

    Posted on 2018-04-02

    According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, tree pollen is the common trigger of Hay Fever in the spring. A few tree allergens include oak, cedar, birch, hickory, sycamore, maple, mulberry, elm, ash, juniper, cypress and walnut. Grass pollen allergy season starts in late spring and summer. The most common grass allergens include bermuda, fescue, johnson, june, orchard, perennial and rye.

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  • Shea Ear Clinic: Daily Care for Hearing Aids

    Posted on 2018-03-15

    It is inevitable. Getting older is a symptom of being human. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 28.8 million Americans between the ages 20-69 could benefit from a hearing aid. One out of three people between ages 65-74 have hearing loss. Sadly, hearing loss also affects children. Out of 1000 children born in the United States, 2 to 3 children are born with noticeable hearing loss. In 2016, 3.65 million hearing aids were dispersed in the US.

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  • I’m having trouble hearing.

    Posted on 2018-03-01

    There are many factors which can cause or contribute to hearing loss, such as exposure to excessive noise, infections, the aging process, genetics, tumors, and other diseases of the middle or inner ear.

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  • Common Questions about Ear, Nose, and Throat Health

    Posted on 2018-02-15

    Commonly asked questions regarding ear, nose and throat health, including snoring, sleep apnea, septoplasty,hearing loss, endoscopic sinus surgery and more.

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  • Ear Infections: Causes and Symptoms

    Posted on 2018-02-01

    Ear infections can involve either the middle ear, or the ear canal, and both can cause pain, fever, drainage, and changes in hearing. Ear infections are more common in children than in adults.

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  • What can be done for Bell’s palsy?

    Posted on 2018-01-15

    Treatment involves steroids taken by mouth for at least 14 days and sometimes antiviral medication as well. On rare occasions, if the weakness is particularly severe, surgery may be performed to decompress the nerve and allow it to swell. Primary care providers, nurse practitioners, and emergency room doctors are not trained to manage Bell’s palsy.

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  • Nasal Polyps: Symptoms and Treatment

    Posted on 2018-01-01

    Nasal polyps are painless, soft, fleshy and noncancerous growths that develop in the lining of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Conditions like asthma, cystic fibrosis, allergies, recurring infection, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders can trigger the chronic inflammation in the nasal passages which increases the risk of developing nasal polyps.

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  • Cold weather and hearing loss

    Posted on 2017-12-01

    Exposure to cold weather conditions can increase the risk of hearing loss. Cold weather can cause abnormal growth of bone in the outer ear canal, the medical term for abnormal bony growth is exostosis and commonly known as swimmer’s or surfer’s ear.

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  • Winter Allergies

    Posted on 2017-11-15

    Allergies can be triggered by several factors. Seasonal changes in the weather are commonly known to cause people to suffer from symptoms like headaches, irritated eyes and a runny nose. Winter time weather can bring cold, dry air causing people to suffer from colds, sinusitis and other allergic reactions.

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  • Shea Ear Clinic Physicians Present Research Development
    Shea Ear Clinic Physicians Present Research Development
    Posted on May 01, 2013

    At the American Neurotology Society Spring Meeting, Dr. Brian J. McKinnon’s team presented their latest ongoing research on the development of a novel cochlear implant thin film array electrode.

  • Dr. John Shea Donates Professional Papers to Memphis Library
    Dr. John Shea Donates Professional Papers to Memphis Library
    Posted on April 15, 2013

    Throughout the course of his life, Dr. John Shea Jr. has made major historical breakthroughs and advancements in medicine. Recently, Shea donated 406 papers, including more than 300 published articles, to the Memphis Public Library’s Memphis Room..

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