Author Archives: Stefan Harris, BC-HIS

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Are You Experiencing Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss often develops gradually, and some men and women may ignore the initial symptoms. It’s important to know how to recognize the signs of hearing loss and schedule an evaluation to determine if additional tests are needed. In Anchorage, Alaska, our audiology specialists at ACENT encourage both children and adults to undergo routine hearing tests to ensure they get appropriate care. In this post, we’ll describe the signs of hearing loss and the treatment options available if you’re experiencing a loss of hearing. Notice Signs of Hearing Loss Sometimes it can be difficult to recognize the early signs that … Continue reading »

Better Hearing Month is Here Again

About this time last year (wow time has flown), I wrote a blog about why people avoid getting help for their hearing loss. As studies have shown, the average individual will wait about 5 years before they admit that they have hearing loss (likely at the behest of the family) and another 2 years before taking action. That blog was important to share in the month of May because May is Better Hearing and Speech month. Well, guess what? May is around the corner and it’s time to write about better hearing again, right?. Well, maybe not this time. Instead … Continue reading »

Charging Ahead on Hearing Aid Technology

Technology has driven many improvements in hearing aids, and our Anchorage, Alaska patients are always quick to take advantage of them — from fully automatic functionality to streaming services from smartphones. Yet one thing has remained constant through all these advancements over the years: battery consumption. On average, batteries have to be changed in hearing devices every week. Some last less and others more, depending on the battery size and power of the device. And with the additional need for streaming phone calls and audio to rely on them, batteries drain even faster. I’m always carrying replacement batteries in my pocket! … Continue reading »

What Is a VNG Test?

A videonystagmography, or VNG, is a procedure to evaluate dizziness and more accurately determine if the inner ear is causing it. This procedure typically requires a referral by an ear, nose and throat specialist (i.e., ENT, otolaryngologist) such as our Anchorage physicians, or a neurologist or physical therapist. You’ll also need to have a hearing evaluation prior to the procedure. During the procedure, the patient will wear a pair of virtual reality-like goggles with cameras to measure eye movements. These eye movements are called nystagmus, and they are related to the inner ear. The results also provide specificity of which … Continue reading »

Affordable Hearing Aids: Our Gift to You

The turkey’s in the oven, and all the family’s in the house. It’s that time of year, and the spirit of the season is everywhere. We’re getting in the spirit, too, with a fabulous promotion that will improve your quality of life through better hearing — so you can better enjoy these special gatherings with friends and family! When we at the Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat think about hearing aid options for our Anchorage patients, we often recommend ReSound. As a manufacturer of smart hearing devices, Resound mimics the way the ear naturally processes sound, allowing for … Continue reading »

Meet Our Physicians

Each of our physicians is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and Dr. Ellerbe is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.