Recent Blog Posts

Surfer's Ear


Surfer's ear is the common name for excessive bone growth within the ear canal. Cold wind and water exposure causes the bone surrounding the ear canal to develop broad masses of new bone called exostoses, which narrow the ear canal. Surfers (and swimmers or divers) are often exposed to cold water and wind, resulting in excessive bone growth and subsequent narrowing (stenosis) […] ... more

Association between allergic rhinitis and poor sleep parameters in U.S. adults


This study investigates the relationship between AR and sleep parameters in a representative sample of U.S. adults, which was cowritten by Dr. Josef Shargorodsky. Background Sandra Y. Lin MD Evidence suggests relationships between allergic rhinitis (AR) and poor sleep parameters, but population‐based studies in the United States are lacking. Methods Cross‐sectional study of 5563 participants […] ... more

Experiencing More Allergies This Year Than in the Past?


Are you experiencing more allergies this year than you have in the past? You’re not alone! Pollen count, this year so far, is at an all-time high… but why? Changes in average temperatures are leading to a longer tree pollen season. The pollen season is dependent on the length of light and temperatures during the […] ... more

Feeling Dizzy?


Are you feeling dizzy? Have you ever experienced an overwhelming sense of imbalance? Vertigo, dizziness and imbalance affects quality of life for millions of Americans. Vestibular Rehabilitation is performed by a physical therapist to treat these often-debilitating symptoms. Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat is happy to announce that we now offer Vestibular Rehabilitation services and […] ... more

Loud sounds on headphones, noisy workplaces, and drug side effects can contribute to hearing issues.


The World Health Organization in March released forecasts for hearing loss rates worldwide, and the numbers are concerning. WHO reports that by 2050, an estimated 900 million people around the world will have a disabling hearing loss. That’s a 93 percent increase from the 466 million people who experience significant hearing problems today. What’s behind the increase? […] ... more

Hearing Loss: Is your Baby at Risk?


At birth, babies undergo a newborn hearing screening test before they are discharged from the hospital. When a baby does not pass the screening, a follow up hearing evaluation is scheduled. A follow up screening must be scheduled as soon as possible to provide the appropriate diagnosis and make certain that age level speech, language, […] ... more

Hearing Loss May Make You Accident Prone


Hearing loss may increase propensity for accidents, study suggests The New York Times (3/27, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology found that people with poor hearing are at greater risks for accidents. After analyzing data from a nationwide health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “researchers found […] ... more

Cigarette smoking linked to risk of hearing loss, study suggests


Reuters (3/14, Rapaport) reports that a Japanese study found that smokers may have a higher likelihood of developing hearing loss than nonsmokers. The researchers looked at data from 50,000 Japanese workers aged 20 to 64 and discovered that people who smoked were 60 percent more likely to develop “high-frequency hearing loss” than nonsmokers. The study […] ... more

Infant Hearing Loss: how to determine if your baby’s hearing is on track


Within the first year of a child’s life, you’ll joyfully witness their first smile, crawling, and babbling. But how do you determine if their hearing is developing as it should? Before you leave the hospital after delivery, a hearing test will have likely taken place. If not, infants should have their hearing levels tested before […] ... more

Dr. Roche featured in the article, A Journey for Relief


Bayshore Medical Center: Virginia resident travels eight hours for expert surgical care at Bayshore Medical Center. Throughout his life, Jeremy Johnson, 33, of Suffolk, Virginia, has had sinus polyps that gave him chronic headaches and made it difficult to breathe. “My quality of life was severely impacted. I couldn’t taste food. I wouldn’t be able […] ... more