Welcome to Northland Ear Nose and Throat
Welcome to Northland ENT
At Northland Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, PA, we are here to assist you with all of your Ear, Nose and Throat needs. We commonly treat snoring, sleep apnea, head and neck cancer, thyroid disease and diseases of the salivary glands. Other services include; ear and hearing assessment and treatment (either surgical or hearing aid), treatment of sinus disorders, specialized pediatric care and Balloon Sinuplasty.
We serve patients in Duluth, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Virginia, Moose Lake, and Cloquet.. Please contact our office for hours of operation and appointments or browse our areas here.
Help your loved ones Today!
An estimated 40 million Americans have trouble speaking or hearing due to a communication disorder. Millions more family members and friends are also impacted. Here in Duluth and its surrounding communities, there are parents reading this whose children are struggling to speak or understand language; spouses living with partners whose hearing is deteriorating; and co-workers, neighbors and others who see someone who needs help but don’t know what to do.
In the case of hearing loss, millions of Americans experience this in at least one ear. Hearing disorders are complex conditions with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. They should be diagnosed and treated by an audiologist. Treatment options include hearing aids and other assistive technologies that meet a host of different medical needs and preferences, as well as aural/audiologic rehabilitation. Although many people may think of hearing aids as the singular answer to hearing issues, other interventions may be appropriate. This is why receiving a comprehensive evaluation by an audiologist is essential.
Many people have outdated perceptions of hearing aids (and hearing loss in general) that may lead them to delay treatment for years or forgo it altogether. Among adults ages 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30%) have ever used them. Even fewer adults ages 20 to 69 (approximately 16%) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Untreated hearing loss is associated with anxiety, depression, reduced quality of life, and even earlier onset of dementia—all of which support the critical importance of early diagnosis and treatment.
Family members can assist with encouraging loved ones to have their hearing systems evaluated. Reducing frustration of communication errors is key. Some tips for talking to individuals with hearing loss include the following:
- Face the person directly and on the same level.
- Speak in a normal fashion without shouting and slow down your speech.
- Make sure the lighting in the room is adequate.
- Never talk from another room.
- Get the persons attention before speaking.
- Keep your hands away from your face while talking.
- Do not eat, chew, or smoke while talking as it affects the understanding.
- Find a different way of saying the same thing. Repeating the same words does not help.
Sound Therapy for Tinnitus
We have increased our services to patients with tinnitus to include multiple types of sound therapy technologies for individuals with and without hearing loss who suffer from ringing or other unwanted sounds in their ears. Sound therapy, uses external sounds to provide short or long-term relief from tinnitus. The interactions between external sounds and tinnitus can be used to alter the perception of the tinnitus. This approach is used in combination with counseling and hearing aids, hearing aids with sound generators or sound generators alone. One of the new technologies is Sound Cures' Serenade ®. At Northland ENT, we use a combined and individual approach to help treat the symptoms of tinnitus.Read More