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Welcome to SCOPE: The Temple Head & Neck Institute Blog! Here, our physicians and staff will share stories and news covering a wide range of topics related to the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.


How Do Chronic Conditions Affect the Balance System? - Part 1
By Eric Bostwick, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA; Amanda McVey, AuD, CCC-A | September 16, 2018
Learn about how the balance system works and how chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes can affect your balance system.
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How Do Chronic Conditions Affect the Balance System? - Part 2
By Eric Bostwick, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA; Amanda McVey, AuD, CCC-A | September 16, 2018
Find out how kidney disease and thyroid disease can cause balance problems. 
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How Does My Voice Work
By Barbara Ebersole, BFA, MA, CCC-SLP | April 11, 2018
Our voice is an intimate part of who we are, an important vehicle of our self-expression. Yet, how many of us actually understand what is going on inside our body when we speak?
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LPR: The "Silent" Version of Reflux

By Nausheen Jamal, MD | February 6, 2018

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, sometimes called the "silent" version of reflux, does not show traditional reflux symptoms but does require similar treatment.
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Hearing Loss and Dementia Often Go Hand in Hand in Older Adults
By Amy Safran-Henderson, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA | December 15, 2017
Older adults experiencing hearing loss are at an increased risk for dementia, which is not a specific disease but a range of cognitive symptoms, including memory loss, trouble communicating, inability to focus, and impaired reasoning and judgment.
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Bone Anchored Hearing Systems
By Maria Pomponio, AuD, CCC-A| November 29, 2017
For people with hearing loss, there are many amplification options available. Temple’s Dr. Maria Pomponio describes one particular hearing system, the Bone Anchored Hearing System that can help people with certain more significant types of hearing loss.
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Temple Head and Neck Institute Well-Represented at National Medical Association Convention
By Oneida Arosarena, MD | August 17, 2017
The Temple Head and Neck Institute (THNI) was prominently featured at the convention with presentations by Drs. Oneida Arosarena and Nausheen Jamal at the NMA’s Otolaryngology Section. 
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Cochlear Implants: How Are They Different From Hearing Aids?
By Sarah Sohns, AuD & Maria Pomponio, AuD, CCC-A | June 15, 2017
Learn how cochlear implants and hearing aids work to get a better understanding on how they differ.  
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Cochlear Implants: Am I A Candidate?
By Sarah Sohns, AuD & Maria Pomponio, AuD, CCC-A | June 15, 2017 
Find out if cochlear implants may be the right choice for you. 
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Tips for Reducing the Pain of Allergy Season
By Elina M. Toskala, MD, PhD, MBA and Vanessa Raschio, PA-C | May 10, 2017
Medication-free tips that may help improve your symptoms.
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Temple Head & Neck Institute Physicians Named "Top Doctors" by Philadelphia Magazine
Temple Head & Neck Institute | April 19, 2017
Four Temple Head & Neck Institute physicians have been named to Philadelphia magazine's annual "Top Doctors" list.
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Dizziness: The facts about BPPV
By Larissa Heckler, AuD | March 21, 2017
Frequently asked questions about Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and its symptoms. Understand when it’s important to see a physician.
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Temple Otolaryngologist Discusses Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Treatment Options
Temple Head & Neck Institute | January 17, 2017
Temple Otolaryngologist Nausheen Jamal, MD, discusses laryngopharyngeal reflux treatment options in ENT Today.
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Community Outreach – Hearing Screening Events
Temple Head & Neck Institute | November 15th, 2016
Members of the Temple Head & Neck Institute participated in several community events throughout the Philadelphia area during the months of October and November 2016.
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Tinnitus: Ringing in the Ears and What To Do About It
By Sara Sohns, AuD | October 7, 2016
Tinnitus is a common medical condition affecting as many as 60 million Americans. Learn more about the causes and what you can do about it.
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5 Fun and Easy-to-Use Apps for People with Hearing Loss
By Paige Pastalove, AuD, and Tracie Tuss, AuD | July 18, 2016
When someone with hearing loss is fit with an amplification device (such as a hearing aid), auditory training can help strengthen the pathways in the brain that process and decode sound. Here are some apps that can assist individuals with auditory training at home or on the go.
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The Warrior Within: Overcoming Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
Temple Head & Neck Institute | June 14, 2016
Aspiring ‘Ninja Warrior’ Doug Black, Jr. conquered a debilitating inner-ear problem with the help of Temple otolaryngologist Dr. Pamela Roehm.
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Celebrating Better Speech & Hearing Month - Part II
By Maria E. Pomponio, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA | May 11, 2016
Among adults ages 65 to 74, nearly a quarter have a documented form of disabling hearing loss, here are some communication strategies and information about assistive devices for those who are or know someone suffering from hearing loss.
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Celebrating Better Speech & Hearing Month - Part I
By Barbara Ebersole, BFA, MA, CCC-SLP | May 6, 2016
Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about disorders that can alter our ability to communicate with others.
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Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week
By Christopher Fundakowski, MD | March 29, 2016

Oral, head, and neck cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer in the world, with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed annually in the United States. Learn more about our FREE screening events and help us raise awareness during Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, April 10-16.
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Managing Balance Problems Caused By Medications
By Maria E. Pomponio, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA | March 11, 2016
There are more than 200 prescription and over-the-counter medications that can damage your cochlea. Learn more about some of the most well-known vestibulotoxic medications.
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Five Ways to Maintain a Healthy Voice
By Liane McCarroll, MS CCC-SLP/L | February 9, 2016
Your voice is affected by things you do every day and by your environment. For people who use their voices a lot - teachers, singers, sales reps, ministers, actors and coaches – here are some tips for how to maintain a strong and healthy voice.
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More Than Just a Dizzy Spell: The Facts About Meniere’s Disease
By Larissa Heckler, AuD | January 6, 2016
Most people have the occasional dizzy spell, but if you’re constantly feeling dizzy or consistently experiencing ringing in the ear - that’s not normal. One possible explanation may be Meniere’s disease. Learn more about this condition, how it's diagnosed, and how you can manage the symptoms.
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Oral HPV Can Lead To Cancer
Temple Head & Neck Institute | December 8, 2015
In an article for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Miriam Lango, MD, a head and neck surgeon at the Temple Head & Neck Institute and Fox Chase Cancer Center, discusses oral HPV and its risk factors.
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Q&A: Trans-Nasal Esophagoscopy

By Nausheen Jamal, MD | December 7, 2015
Dr. Jamal provides an overview of trans-nasal esophagoscopy and answers some frequently asked questions about the procedure.
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