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Should I Buy Hearing Aids Advertised on TV? Jul 14th, 2020

Should I Buy Hearing Aids Advertised on TV? Patients often ask me about the differences between the hearing aids we dispense and the “hearing aids” they can buy on TV, the internet, or at their local drug store. First of all, if you can buy it without a prescription…it is...

Difficulty Hearing on the Phone? Jul 14th, 2020

    Difficulty Hearing on the Phone? Helping people stay connected is one of my favorite things about audiology! However, I have so many patients who report difficulties with phone conversations. Many of them are surprised to learn of a free solution for their phone conversation concerns. If you have...

Do you think hearing aids cost too much? Jun 30th, 2020

Do you think hearing aids cost too much?   What if I told you that hearing aids can cost less than your monthly cell phone bill? What if I told you there is a way to upgrade your hearing aids every three years; without buying a new set? What if...

Do These Hearing Aids Make My Ears Look Fat? Jun 30th, 2020

Do These Hearing Aids Make My Ears Look Fat?   Typically, when I discuss hearing aids with a patient, I am asked two questions: “What do hearing aids look like?” and “How much are they going to cost me?” Both of these questions are addressed during a no-cost Hearing Aid...

What Can An ENT Doctor See with A Scope? Jun 1st, 2020

An otolaryngologist, also known as an ear, nose and throat(ENT) doctor, is trained to help people who suffer from hearing loss, sinusitis pain, throat/vocal difficulties and other disorders that affect the head and neck. In order to diagnose certain types of problems such as sinus pain or nasal problems, it...

How Do You Get Sinusitis? May 31st, 2020

It may seem odd that a simple inflammation of tissues in your sinuses could cause such discomfort and pain. If you’ve ever had sinusitis, you know that it can be a truly miserable condition. Your sinuses aren’t just located in your nose – they are also located behind your eyes,...

How Do Doctors Drain Sinuses? May 31st, 2020

Facial pain…headaches…nasal congestion…cough…sore throat… Sinus infections are miserable. If you’re suffering from this condition, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics along with home remedies to help ease your discomfort. However, when medications are ineffective or if you are prone to getting sinus infections often, you may be referred to an Ear...

What’s the Difference Between an Audiologist and an Otolaryngologist (ENT)? May 20th, 2020

You might think that an audiologist and an otolaryngologist are the same type of doctor. After all, they both deal with the ears and hearing. However, there are significant differences between these two types of professionals. The information below can help distinguish the similarities and differences between an audiologist and...

Can a Deviated Septum Get Worse Over Time? May 8th, 2020

Your nasal septum is the area of bone and cartilage in the middle of your nasal cavity. If this part of your nose is crooked, this is called a deviated septum. You can be born with this condition or it can be caused by trauma to the nose (sports injury,...

What Does a Nasal Polyp Look Like? Apr 21st, 2020

A nasal polyp is a clump of cells that forms inside your nasal passage or sinuses. The shape of the clump resembles a grape on a stalk (also called a pedunculated polyp). The color of the polyp can vary: appearing grey,yellow or pink. The size of the polyp can also...

Better Hearing Challenge Apr 21st, 2020

(Pictured above Dr. Star Lange-Richey, Au.D., CCC-A Riesberg Hearing Center Audiologist) Unfortunately, hearing loss keeps us separated from the people and activities we love. We hear with our brains and the ears are just the way in! When fewer sounds reach the brain, we work harder to follow conversation. People...

What is an ENT Doctor Called? Apr 8th, 2020

An ENT – or ear, nose and throat – doctor is called an otolaryngologist. This is a challenging word to say for many people! It’s pronounced: ō-​tō-​ˌler-​ən-​ˈgä-​lə-​jist. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary has an audio pronunciation of this word that can be accessed here: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otolaryngology. ENTs have specialized training to treat...

What is a Sinus Balloon? Mar 26th, 2020

It’s not a colorful, happy, inflated shape floating through the air – but it can make you very happy! A sinus balloon is a treatment for chronic sinusitis, a condition that causes headaches, facial pain and pressure, post nasal drip and a host of other uncomfortable symptoms. If you suffer...

How Much Hearing Loss Requires a Hearing Aid? Mar 13th, 2020

Everyone has trouble hearing sometimes. Maybe it’s due to a noisy environment or you’re communicating with as oft-spoken person. But if you find yourself constantly asking people to repeat what they’ve said or you are continually turning up the volume on your TV, you may actually have hearing loss. Your...

What are the First Signs of Hearing Loss? Feb 27th, 2020

“What?” “I didn’t hear you.” “Can you repeat that?” “Speak up.” If these are statements that you often say to others, it may be time to find out if you have hearing loss. While it is possible to lose your hearing suddenly, this condition happens gradually for many people. In...

Do I Need a Prescription for a Hearing Aid? Jan 29th, 2020

If you have trouble hearing the television, you simply turn up the volume. However, if you have trouble hearing people talking in normal social situations, adding an over-the-counter/online amplification device to your ears may not provide the level of sound clarity you need. In fact, a hearing aid purchased without...

What are the Causes of Conductive Hearing Loss? Dec 4th, 2019

There are different types of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves are unable to reach the inner ear because sounds are blocked or muffled. The problem can be located in the ear drum, the ear canal (the outer ear) or in the tiny bones in the ear....

Feel Confident in a Hearing World Nov 7th, 2019

Our world is full of sounds: the ability to easily hear those sounds is taken for granted by most people. However, when the sound saround you begin to diminish due to hearing loss, you may start to lose yourself-confidence and independence. Hearing loss can affect anyone at any time.In fact,...

Listen Up: It’s Time to Confront Your Hearing Loss Oct 24th, 2019

It can be easy to ignore hearing loss. You can quickly blame hearing problems on noisy environments, quiet talkers or pronunciation/accent barriers. If these excuses are becoming the norm, rather than the exception, it may be time to confront your hearing loss and take action to improve it.   “Are you...

Hearing HealthCare in Young Adults Feb 1st, 2019

A 2017 survey from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention notes nearly 20 percent of people in their 20s have some form of hearing loss, with more than half acquiring it from a source outside a loud work environment. When it comes to overall hearing health, younger generations may...

The Connection Between Hearing Health & Cognitive Care Oct 30th, 2018

Did you know the most prominent midlife risk factor for dementia is hearing impairment? A 12-year study conducted by the neurology department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk of dementia. Hearing is optimal to your longevity and is directly related to facilitating...

When Silence is Deafening Aug 29th, 2018

You’re lying in bed after a long day, surrounded by darkness as your environment stills. Exhaustion envelops you as you close your eyes – it’s happening! You start hearing ringing, buzzing, or maybe even a roaring sound.  You feel tense and frustrated as you begin to wonder, “Will I ever...

Pop Quiz: Is It a Cold or Allergies? Jul 31st, 2018

Pop Quiz: Is It a Cold or Allergies? It’s that time of year again! Soon children will be sharing pencils, paper, and plenty of germs! With school almost back in session, you’ll soon be asking: Is it a cold or is it allergies? At first look, you may think seasonal...

Riesberg Institute is Saving Patients Time & Money Jun 19th, 2018

Obtaining a Fast, Accurate, Diagnosis of My Sinus Condition is Important to Me! If you are reading this article, you or someone in your family has sinus problems. You are not alone! Sinus conditions are more common than diabetes and heart disease. Do your sinus infections linger for weeks or...

Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Ears Healthy Mar 8th, 2018

Routine Cleaning Routine cleaning of your ears is very important however completing this act of hygiene incorrectly can do more harm than good. Everyday cleaning should be restricted to simply wiping the outer ear with a tissue or washcloth. The rule of thumb, or should we say elbow, is to...

Say Goodbye to Congestion this Spring Feb 27th, 2018

Although we enjoy all of the gorgeous trees throughout our neighborhoods and community in Northwest Florida, did you know they could be causing you congestion? Get relief this spring and request Riesberg! Spring Allergies in Northwest Florida As residents eagerly await the sunshine and warm weather that springtime in Florida...

Is Dizziness Making You Feel Off-Balance? Feb 22nd, 2018

Hearing loss effects more than the ability to communicate with others, it can lead to feeling off balance and dizzy. However choosing to treat hearing loss aggressively could decrease your risk of falling and other injuries. Make an appointment at Riesberg Institute, our audiologist will find the perfect fit for...

Signs of Chronic Sinus Infections Feb 20th, 2018

For those who suffer from sinus infections we often wonder, “Is this considered a chronic sinus infection?” Although many symptoms of acute and chronic sinus infections may be similar there are specific signs and symptoms you should look for to identify what help you should seek. Acute vs. Chronic Sinus...

Sinus Infections: The Basic Things You Should Know Feb 13th, 2018

What Are Sinuses? Many of us have suffered from pain and pressure in our sinuses, but do you know what sinuses are? Sinuses in the face are air the spaces develop from nasal passages and help with air humidification and mucus secretion. Inflamed sinuses decrease the ability to breathe with...

What to Expect During Your Hearing Test Feb 6th, 2018

Having an appointment for a hearing test once you have started experiencing hearing loss can be nerve wrecking! But when you know what to expect during your appointment and understand how Riesberg Institute individualizes your experience, you can sit back and relax. Whether it’s simply asking questions to get to...

Is Your Ear Infection Causing Hearing Loss? Jan 30th, 2018

Ear infections can affect your hearing and even lead to temporary hearing loss. This is caused by the infection building up fluid and affecting the eardrum and other parts of the ear that help you hear. Ear Infections Ear infections often affect the outer or middle ear. As the middle...

Relax and Gain Relief with Our In-House Balloon-Sinuplasty Jan 25th, 2018

Riesberg Institute is one of the only offices in the region to provide the in-office balloon-sinuplasty. With an educated and experienced staff, quick relief and a multitude of other benefits you will be happy you enlisted the help of our office! In-Office Balloon-Sinuplasty At Riesberg Institute our in-office balloon sinuplasty...

Hearing Loss Leads to Other Health Concerns Nov 13th, 2017

Hearing loss effects more than the ability to communicate with others, it can lead to various other health issues. However choosing to treat hearing loss aggressively could decrease your risk of cognitive decline, falling, and other health concerns. At Riesberg Institute our audiologist, is committed to finding the perfect fit...

Balloon-Sinus Procedure: Seek Refuge from Fall Allergies Oct 19th, 2017

As residents of the south, many of us run to seek refuge from exposure to allergens during the spring. But did you know that fall is actually a worse season for allergy sufferers? Luckily, at Riesberg Institute we can help! As one of the only ENT specialist in the region...

Pensacola ENT, Riesberg Institute, to Host Grand Re-Opening Event While Honoring Pensacola Innovator May 12th, 2017

Dr. Michael Riesberg of Pensacola ear, nose, and throat specialists and philanthropists, will host an event honoring the “stars” of Pensacola during a grand-reopening of Riesberg Institute, on Tuesday, May 9 from 6-8pm. The community is invited to enjoy networking, dining, and drinks beginning at 6pm at Riesberg Institute, 4900...

Meet the ‘Opera Doc’ — Michael Riesberg, M.D. Jun 8th, 2016

Dr. Michael Riesberg, an ENT physician and Pensacola’s acclaimed “Opera Doc,” is known for his medical expertise, leadership, vision, and philanthropy work. Riesberg Institute began in 2001 with a vision to create a destination medical practice that specializes in sinus, hearing, and voice — all under one roof. Riesberg Institute...

Pensacola’s ENT Dream Team May 7th, 2016

“I can comfortably come here — you’re greeted nicely from the beginning,” says Chandra M., a patient of Riesberg Institute. This is just one example of what Pensacola’s ENT Dream Team strives for every day! Dr. Michael Riesberg believes that his team of friendly and trained medical specialists is what really makes Riesberg...