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Why Am I Dizzy?

Dizziness is a general term used to describe feeling lightheaded, unsteady or “woozy.” Vertigo–the distorted sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or whirling–is considered a specific form of dizziness. Dizziness may become worse when rising from a resting position or making sudden movements.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is specialized physical therapy designed to treat dizziness, vertigo and imbalance caused by various vestibular disorders such as BPPV, vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s Disease, among many others.  These types of conditions can cause motion sensitivity, difficulty walking and changing position and increase the risk of falling.  For this reason, vestibular rehabilitation therapy is sometimes referred to as balance therapy.

Adapting to a New Normal in COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. From wearing face masks to attending more Zoom meetings than we can count, we’re all working to adapt to a new normal. At Sierra Nevada, Ear, Nose & Throat, we’re no exception.

One of the ways we’ve adapted to COVID-19 is with our new, state-of-the-art MiniCATTM. A MiniCATTM is a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that is specifically designed to take images of the sinuses and temporal bones. This happens right in a private room, without the need to sit in a busy waiting room.

The Loss of Smell and Taste are Early Indicators of COVID-19

Doctors around the world are shedding new light on the initial symptoms people should watch for as early indicators of COVID-19. 

The loss of smell and taste are being reported as early signs of the virus. According to Dr. Paul Manoukian, a physician at Sierra Nevada Ear, Nose & Throat, people are experiencing these changes in their senses before other symptoms like fatigue, fever, shortness of breath or chest pains. 

Is That Pesky Cold Actually a Sinus Infection?

Achoo! There it is again. The dreaded common cold. Or is it? Colds and sinus infections have many similar symptoms that make it hard to self-diagnose. It’s important to understand the difference between a cold and a sinus infection so you can know when to seek treatment.

  • Visiting an ENT ensures a proper diagnosis
  • Understand the true difference between a cold and sinus infection

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All About Headphones and Hearing Loss

Who could imagine back in 1979 when Sony released the Walkman portable cassette player that the Japanese company would be unleashing a revolution in the way we listen to music? Fast forward 40 years and we’re still addicted to our earbuds. But, at what cost? Today, we’ll take a look at the connection between headphones, earbuds and hearing loss and what you can do to prevent further damage by listening to music at safe levels and with the proper equipment. 

Don’t Let Sinus Infections Give You The Back To School Blues

As the summer ends and we find ourselves in back-to-school days, viruses and bacteria that we have picked up over the summer have a chance to rear their ugly heads in classrooms and offices everywhere. The onset of cold and flu season results in runny noses and sneezing, which help the microorganisms hitch a ride to the next host. While most infections are nothing to worry about, some can result in serious sinus infections.


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