Category Archives: Hearing

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Get to Know Goldie Pappan-Hall, Au.D

Where are you from and how did you come to practice in Anchorage? I am originally from the Wichita, KS region. In May 2018, I completed my clinical doctorate and wanted to work for Indian Health Service. As a tribal member of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma, I have received healthcare through this system and wanted to give back by providing audiologic care to Indian Health Service beneficiaries. I joined Southcentral Foundation in July 2018 and have primarily been based in Wasilla. I am eager to serve the Anchorage community as an audiologist at Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, & … Continue reading »

Improving Communication in the Era of Face Masks

Wearing face masks helps prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but for people with hearing loss, they pose communications challenges. This includes muffled speech, the inability to read lips, and difficulty wearing masks for people who use behind-the-ear hearing aids. At our Anchorage, Alaska, practice, patients with hearing loss often describe these challenges in addition to others associated with wearing masks. In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips that you can share with family and friends to help bridge these unique communication challenges. How Has the Pandemic Affected Communication? Even though people with hearing loss are most affected by … Continue reading »

Get to Know Caitlin Milligan, Au.D

Where are you from and how did you come to practice in Anchorage? I was born and raised in the interior of Alaska in a small town called Delta Junction.  I knew I wanted to return to Alaska after finishing my education, so I strove to incorporate clinical rotations during my training that would help me become proficient in multiple specialties, many of which were not available in Alaska previously.  After graduation, my husband and I were so excited to return to Anchorage, and ACENT seemed like a great place to begin my career.   What about audiology first peaked … Continue reading »

How Often Do You Need a Hearing Test?

Even though hearing loss has been associated with concentration and memory problems, along with depression, a significant number of Americans rarely get their hearing tested. Hearing difficulties take a toll on personal relationships with family, friends, and co-workers and possibly may be linked to dementia. In this blog post, we’ll describe some signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss. We’ll also explain why people should schedule an appointment with an audiologist in Anchorage to ensure their hearing is normal. May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and it’s a good reminder for all of us—when was the last time … Continue reading »

Hearing Loss Prevention Tips for Men Under 40

Even though most people associate hearing loss with old age, the most common period for the onset of hearing loss is between the ages of 19 and 44. Men experience hearing loss at a rate much higher than women, often due to having hobbies or jobs that involve louder equipment. An audiologist in Anchorage, for example, is likely to see men who go snowmobiling or use power tools without ear protection. Many people don’t think about hearing loss until they start noticing a change. Just as dermatologists encourage people to protect their skin from the sun before it’s damaged, audiologists … Continue reading »

Meet Our Physicians

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