Halloween and Food Allergies

Now that it is finally October, Halloween is almost here. Time to break out the skeletons, pumpkins and allergen-free treats. Unfortunately, not all families in Linville, NC are on the same page about the third item on the list – allergen-free treats. Halloween is a holiday designed to be scary. But for those children with
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Balancing Act (Part 2)

As we discussed in the last blog post, our balance system is made up of our inner ear and what we see and feel. This week, we will discuss what happens if something goes wrong. Causes of Balance Disorders Countless things can cause a balance disorder: medications, head injury or a change in the inner
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Balancing Act (part 1)

Have you ever been walking and suddenly lost your balance and stumbled? That’s probably one of the few times when you actually think about your ability to balance. While it may seem simple, all you have to do is stand up and then stay standing, it turns out that balancing is quite complex. There is
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Audiologist vs. ENT

Audiologists and ENT physicians work hand-in-hand at Boone Ridge ENT to provide patients with the best possible care. But what sets these two specialties apart? Audiologists An audiologist is a health care professional who specializes in evaluating, treating and managing hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems. They are required to complete rigorous training, earning a master’s or doctoral
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Children and Hearing Loss

Can Children Suffer from Hearing Loss? Hearing loss has long been only associated with the adult population. Turns out, hearing loss can actually affect people of all ages. Children are much more affected by hearing loss as any delay in treatment can lead to problems with their learning and development. Causes of Hearing Loss in
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Food and Your Ears

Food and Your Ears: Two Peas in a Pod The food you put into your body becomes fuel, enabling you to jump higher and run faster. It also plays an important role in keeping your ears healthy. Research has shown that vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids can reduce age-related hearing loss. Most fish,
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A Good Thyroid Diet

Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that sits in front of the trachea and below the larynx. It is responsible for controlling metabolism by producing thyroid hormone (TH) that controls your body’s energy production and consumption. Genetics, stress, environmental toxins, an autoimmune condition and the food you eat all play a role in
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Sleep Disorders ZZZZZ

Together with eating a healthy diet and drinking the recommended amount of water, getting enough sleep can help you maintain your healthy lifestyle. Often overlooked, sleep helps keep your hormone levels, mood, weight and work or school performance on the right path. It also prevents physical, mental, social and emotional problems from developing. But, for
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The Mysterious Thyroid

Have you ever thought about the role your thyroid plays in your life? Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in the lower front of your neck. It uses the iodine from your food to produce three hormones that your body uses as energy, to stay warm and to keep your brain, heart,
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