ACENT’s Blog

Helping People See Better — and Look Better, Too

A person’s eyes are sometimes regarded as the windows to their souls, and in truth, when we are communicating with someone else our own eyes are usually focused on theirs, and we glean lots of impressions from what we see. Their eyes may tell you they are happy, sad, tired, confused, disappointed, or any number of other emotions they may be feeling. We look at people’s eyes more than any other area of the face. For your next few conversations pay attention to where your eyes travel, and you’ll see that this is true. This is different from when you are … Continue reading »

Understanding ProFractional™ Laser Treatments

When it comes to expectations versus reality with skin, educating our medical spa patients is important. Often, our Anchorage patients want to correct aging, sagging skin, and their first instinct is a facelift. ProFractional laser treatment is an option that can help drastically reduce the signs of aging — without surgery. The ProFractional laser creates thousands of narrow-diameter channels into the skin, covering a fraction of the treated area. The body’s natural healing response triggers collagen and elastin production, giving you smoother, more youthful looking skin. This will also help reduce scarring from acne. After a laser consultation, patients are educated … Continue reading »

This Summer, Protect Your Hearing

Summer’s here, and outdoors we go here in Alaska! It can be noisy out there with concerts, air travel, sporting events, and other loud environmental sounds. Of course, here at our ear, nose, and throat practice, we’re always thinking about keeping our Anchorage patients’ hearing in tiptop shape. That’s why we think you should know about a great new product that has literally been flying off our shelves. It’s called the Westone TRU™. The TRU is a full-frequency precision hearing protection system that uses acoustic filter technology to reduce the overall volume coming in, while maintaining the sound quality across … Continue reading »

This May, Experience What It’s Like to Hear Fully Again

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month, an important milestone for our ear, nose, and throat practice here in Anchorage. And this year, we want to put the focus squarely on encouraging people to experience hearing fully again. It’s Time to Move Beyond Awareness Every year since 1927, it’s been the same story: Information arrives in droves via the newspaper, mail, and media promoting hearing health. This raises awareness about hearing loss — but it hasn’t compelled people to take action. In fact, the average is about 5 years from the time an individual goes through the stages of denial … Continue reading »

Earwax: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Being ear, nose, and throat specialists, we need to broach the topic of earwax with our Anchorage patients from time to time. It always starts with a simple truth: We all have earwax, some more than others. But did you know that earwax is actually good for your ears, and it keeps your ears clean?  Earwax, or cerumen, traps dust, dirt, and sometimes bugs. It’s held together by oil and wax from glands living in your ear canal. The wax also protects the inner ear and can stop bad bacteria from growing in the ear. (And you thought it was … 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.