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Sinus Infections and Ear Pain

OAT
June 12, 2018

Workings of the Inner Ear

Eustachian tubes are small canals about on and a half inches long and only a few millimeters in diameter. These tubes connect the back of your throat, nose, and middle ear. They are typically closed, but they open when you swallow, yawn, or talk. It serves a few different purposes.

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Topics: Sinus Infection, Ear Pressure

Pollen Allergies: What You Need to Know

OAT
June 12, 2018

Beautiful warm weather brings about a lot of issues for many individuals. While it's instinctive to spend time outdoors after being cooped up in the house all winter, but there are some downfalls to all the sunshine. 

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Topics: Allergies

Everything You Need to Know About Chronic Sinusitis

OAT
May 03, 2018

As spring begins to turn slowly into summer, many individuals find it a difficult time of year for sinuses. Congestion can be challenging and at times affect our quality of life. If you are struggling with regular inflammation of the nasal passages, you could be dealing with a sinus infection. Prolonged complications are usually defined as chronic sinusitis. The problem, while uncomfortable, is a standard issue that plagues roughly 29.4 million adults in the U.S. alone. What many individuals are unaware of the different categories and issues that can happen if left untreated.

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Topics: Sinusitis

5 Misconceptions About Seasonal Allergies

OAT
April 25, 2018

Allergy season is among us, and many individuals will find themselves riddled with itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose. While almost 60 million Americans suffer from hay fever, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around about the condition. Though it may seem unimportant regarding ailments, it's challenging to live with if you are one of those who is afflicted. We've put together five of the most common misconceptions about allergies and allergy season.

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Topics: Allergies

Bone Anchored Hearing Aids: an updated technology

OAT
March 28, 2018

Technology is continuing to advance in our quest for improved hearing. Hearing aids are better than ever with digital programming, Bluetooth connectivity (yes, it can connect with your phone!), and shrinking size for a more discreet appearance. However, there are some people who are not well-served by traditional hearing aids.

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Topics: Custom Earplugs, Hearing Aids

New Eustachian Tube Balloon for Relief from Ear Pressure

OAT
March 21, 2018

Do you have chronic issues with a full or clogged sensation in your ears? Do you have a difficult time flying in a plane or driving over mountains due to ear pressure issues? A new technology with recent FDA approval is here to solve your problems. The FDA has just approved a new Eustachian tube balloon to help people who have chronic issues with middle ear pressure.

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Topics: Ear Pressure

Custom Earplugs for Musicians Resource Announcement 

OAT
March 13, 2018

OAT Releases New eBook to Help Nashville Musicians Avoid Hearing Loss

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Topics: Custom Earplugs

How to Treat the Most Common Ear Problems

OAT
December 04, 2017

Our ears are incredibly complex and delicate organs responsible for collecting, processing, and sending sound signals to our brains and enabling us to hear. They also play a vital role in helping us maintain our equilibrium and balance. Without proper maintenance and care, we can cause unnecessary damage to our ears. Some of the most common ear problems are treatable or have preventative measures that protect your ears from hearing loss or damage.   

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Topics: Hearing Loss

3 Common Throat Infections

OAT
November 21, 2017

As the winter weather starts to creep in, we begin to spend more time indoors attracting infections. The throat and its delicate tissue is highly susceptible to irritation and inflammation from viruses and bacteria. Below we have listed the three most common throat infections that cause issues and different preventative measures you can take to care for your throat.

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Topics: Neck Care

Musicians and Custom Earplugs

OAT
November 17, 2017

Exposure to loud sounds causes damage to the ear’s sensory cells that can result in hearing loss or tinnitus. The rise of personal devices make it easy to access podcasts, music, and videos that at a high volume can cause lasting damage. However, for some these choices aren’t always recreational and are more occupational. Nashville is home to many singers and songwriters who are subjected to loud music as part of their job and don’t take care to prevent permanent damage. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep yourself safe from loud noises. Read on to learn more about noise-induced hearing loss.

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Topics: Custom Earplugs