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Understanding How Image-Guided Surgery Works for My Nasal Procedure Aug 1st, 2022

There are many reasons why you might benefit from sinus surgery. Removal of polyps, treatment for chronic sinusitis, and restoration after a nasal valve collapse are just a few reasons your doctor may recommend nasal surgery. Dr. Conrad McCutcheon, our board-certified surgeon at Memorial Village Sinus & Hearing in Houston, Texas, offers functional endoscopic...

What to Expect at My Tympanometry Test Jul 1st, 2022

Your middle ear consists of three small bones — the hammer, anvil, and stirrup — that are involved in how sound waves travel through your ear. They’re located behind your tympanic membrane, also known as your eardrum. In order to best address hearing loss, Dr. Conrad McCutcheon and Marty Lippeatt, Au.D., first need to...

10 Telltale Symptoms of Sinusitis May 17th, 2022

Sinus infections, the common cold, and seasonal allergies have overlapping symptoms, but the treatments vary quite a bit. So how do you know which condition you’re dealing with?  In this blog, Dr. Conrad McCutcheon, our board-certified ENT physician and surgeon at Memorial Village Sinus & Hearing in Houston, Texas, highlights...

Understanding Hearing Loss Apr 7th, 2022

Approximately 13% of Americans over age 12 have some form of hearing loss, and about 2% have disabling hearing loss. Despite the prevalence of hearing loss, however, there are a lot of misconceptions about it. In this blog, board-certified ENT physician Dr. Conrad McCutcheon and licensed audiologist Marty Lippeatt, Au.D.,...

What's Included in Aural Rehabilitation? Mar 17th, 2022

Hearing loss can profoundly impact your quality of life. It may have ramifications in all aspects of your life — from your career to your favorite pastimes and even in your relationships. Hearing loss doesn’t just make it hard to enjoy your hobbies. It can also pose safety issues, such...

Surgical Interventions for Nasal Congestion Due to Nasal Deformities Feb 10th, 2022

Nasal surgeries are often associated with aesthetic goals. These are often at odds with nasal function. Other nasal surgeries have the specific aim to improve the function of your nose.   If you’re struggling with nasal congestion due to nasal deformities, visit Memorial Village Sinus & Hearing in Houston, Texas. Board-certified...

Is It Allergies or a Sinus Infection? Jan 13th, 2022

Stuffy noses are nothing short of a nuisance, and if you’re constantly congested, it’s easy to assume you’re dealing with either allergies or chronic sinusitis. Unfortunately, chronic sinus infections share many of the same symptoms as allergies 一 and both conditions require different treatments. Board-certified ENT physician Dr. Conrad McCutcheon...

3 Types of Hearing Loss Dec 6th, 2021

Hearing loss in both ears affects 1 in 8 people over age 12, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Some people are born with detectable levels of hearing loss, and hearing loss can develop at any age. You may not realize that there are different...

Memorial Village ENT Rebrands to Memorial Village Sinus and Hearing Nov 1st, 2021

Medicine evolves to meet the needs of patients, offer breakthrough treatments, and treat medical conditions. To better serve their patients and the community, Memorial Village ENT recently rebranded its practice to Memorial Village Sinus and Hearing. Expect the same level of compassion, concern, and comprehensive treatment from Dr. Conrad McCutcheon,...

5 Effective Treatments for Nasal Congestion Oct 20th, 2021

A stuffy nose is common, and nearly everyone experiences one at some point. Nasal congestion can be frustrating, but it can also impact your quality of life if chronic congestion affects your ability to taste your food or feel confident in social settings. If nasal congestion is your daily struggle,...

Am I a Good Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty? Sep 12th, 2021

Are you struggling with the symptoms of sinusitis? Inflammation of the tissue that lines your sinus cavities can make you miserable. If you’ve tried conservative treatments 一 like decongestants, antihistamines, antibiotics, or nasal sprays 一 but just haven’t gotten relief, Dr. Conrad McCutcheon can help you determine whether you’re a...

All About Subacute Sinusitis Aug 23rd, 2021

Sinusitis, often referred to as simply a sinus infection, quickly becomes uncomfortable. Research shows that sinus infections are among the most common health complaints and the leading reason for taking prescription antibiotics. Not all cases of sinusitis share the same causes or last the same amount of time, but no...

What Is The Connection Between Sinus Infections and Hearing Loss? Jul 11th, 2021

Sinus infections and the sensation of blocked sinuses are nothing short of annoying. Sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, can cause a range of symptoms including headaches, fever, fatigue, cough, tooth pain, and facial pain. Sinus infections also affect your ears — and your hearing.  In this post, nasal and...

Recovering From Office Based Nasal and Sinus Surgery: What to Expect Jun 17th, 2021

Are you weighing the benefits of an office based nasal and sinus surgery but you’re not sure what to expect during recovery? At Memorial Village ENT in Houston, Texas, nasal and sinus specialist Dr. Conrad McCutcheon performs in-office nasal and sinus surgery to open your nasal passageway and sinus cavities...

Can Ear Infections Cause Hearing Loss? May 26th, 2021

Almost everyone experiences ear infections at some point throughout their lives. Approximately five out of every six children are diagnosed with at least one ear infection before age 3. Adults, too, can experience the discomfort, clogged ears, and discharge associated with ear infections. Unfortunately, ear infections can also contribute to...

Cold vs. Allergies: How to Tell the Difference Apr 14th, 2021

When the sneezing just won’t stop, do you blame allergies or a cold? Colds and allergies cause similar symptoms, but they’re treated differently. Learning to tell the difference can help you seek out the right remedies in a timely manner.  As a nasal and sinus specialist, Dr. Conrad McCutcheon knows...

5 Causes of Nasal Congestion Mar 30th, 2021

Nasal congestion — marked by stuffiness, sinus pain, and mucus buildup — is a common condition. If you suddenly develop nasal congestion, you might assume an infection such as the common cold or a sinus infection is the culprit, but the reality is that there are many causes of congestion....

Introducing Breakthrough Treatment for Chronic Rhinitis: ClariFix®️ Cryotherapy Feb 16th, 2021

Rhinitis is the medical term for an inflammation of the inner lining of your nose. Chronic rhinitis refers to congestion, post nasal drip, or runny nose that persists for more than four weeks. Nearly 24 million Americans struggle with chronic rhinitis, and 2.5 million of those don’t completely respond to...

What to Expect When Undergoing a Septoplasty Jan 8th, 2021

The thin wall of bone and cartilage that separates your nostrils is called the nasal septum. If the septum is too far off-center, it’s known as a deviated septum. This condition can increase your risk of sinus infections, and it may make it more difficult to breathe through your nose....

Are My Frequent Sinus Infections a Sign That I Have Nasal Polyps? Dec 15th, 2020

If you’ve had a sinus infection this year, you’re not alone. Over 31 million people are diagnosed with a sinus infection each year, and chances are good that if you have nasal polyps, you’ve probably had one or more bouts with sinusitis.  If you’re constantly dealing with congestion or keep...

How Hearing Aids Could Help That RInging Sound in Your Ears Nov 10th, 2020

Nearly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus in the last year. You might be one of them if you’ve been frustrated with ringing, buzzing, or clicking noises. These noises are more than just a nuisance ― they can keep you from communicating with your loved ones. But hearing aids can...

5 Benefits of a Balloon Sinuplasty Oct 13th, 2020

Unlike acute sinusitis, which is often triggered by a cold, chronic sinusitis isn’t short-lived. Chronic sinusitis drags on for weeks or months — even with common over-the-counter treatments. That’s because chronic sinusitis can be caused by nasal polyps, a deviated septum, hay fever, or other medical conditions.  For many of...

Nasal Airway Remodeling: The Answer to Better Breathing Sep 3rd, 2020

Millions of Americans are living with sinus conditions — like chronic sinusitis — that cause nasal congestion, sometimes due to obstructions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28.9 million American adults are diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Traditionally, surgery may be suggested to treat certain conditions that lead...

Common Mistakes New Hearing Aid Owners Make and How to Avoid Them Aug 12th, 2020

Sometimes hearing loss can creep up slowly. You might notice that you need to turn the volume up more and more on the TV. Or you may find yourself repeatedly asking “What?” when people are talking to you. Regardless of when you notice hearing loss, it can affect your personal...

Learn How Shot-Free Sublingual Immunotherapy (aka Allergy Drops) Treats Your Allergies Jul 22nd, 2020

Are you tired of struggling to manage hay fever? If so, you’re not alone. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America reports that hay fever, medically known as allergic rhinitis, affects over 6 million children and 20 million adults. Airborne allergens like pollen, grass, or pet dander cause uncomfortable symptoms...

Top Causes of Hearing Loss and How to Avoid Them Jun 25th, 2020

By the time you celebrate your 75th birthday, it’s likely that you’ll experience some degree of age-related hearing loss. Hearing loss describes the partial or full loss of your ability to hear. Due to age, underlying health issues, or environmental factors, you may find it increasingly difficult to hear conversations...

Do You Suffer from Chronic Sinusitis? A Balloon Sinuplasty May Be an Ideal Solution May 5th, 2020

Nearly everyone experiences a stuffy nose at some point during their lives. However, chronic sinus problems (sinusitis) plague nearly 40 million Americans each year. Sinusitis is more than a mere nuisance; it’s a painful condition characterized by long-lasting or recurrent sinus inflammation. Fortunately, if you’re struggling with sinus issues that...