Hearing aid technology has come a long, long way

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At St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, we carry some of the most advanced and stylish hearing aids available on the market today. From Starkey, a leading producer of comprehensive hearing systems and solutions, comes the company’s flagship hearing aid line, Destiny, offering some of the most comfortable, responsive hearing aids we’ve ever seen.

Hearing Aids from Starkey

Most advanced hearing aids on the market

We’re proud to carry this unique line of hearing aids. Let’s introduce you to the Destiny products, the passionate and deeply committed medical research company behind them, and what Dr. Depasquale and the rest of St. ENT can do for you if you’re experiencing hearing loss.

The Destiny Series
The Destiny Series line of hearing aids are 100% digital and powered by the speed and sensitivity of BluWave Signal Processing, a cutting-edge innovative minicomputer system that is designed to handle multiple applications. This progressive behind-the-ear (BTE) instrument features a feedback interceptor, a complex directional speech detector, and automatic telephone response, which virtually eliminates feedback while automatically adjusting for telephone speaker sensitivity.

More features of these cutting-edge hearing aids also include a voice indicator that is customizable to a male or female voice, alerting the user when the battery is low; various audible follow-up reminders, and self-diagnosis checks.

The Destiny Power Plus BTE is adaptable to almost all levels of hearing loss and it’s appropriate for any age of users. The aid easily adjusts to fit securely and comfortably with absolutely minimal obstruction to sound passageways. It’s also incredibly durable and offers the greatest and clearest sound amplification available of any hearing aid on the market. You can learn more about the Destiny line of hearing aid products here.

About Starkey
Starkey’s mission is to “help hearing technology to create connections between people”, and they are doing so by designing, developing, and distributing a comprehensive line of hearing solutions and projects. Hearing loss no longer has to be a stricken burden that creates an impenetrable barrier between people and their relationships with others.

The company has a presence in more than 18 countries around the world and manufactures and distributes from 22 different facilities. The company’s products are designed to be flexible and confortable and meet the needs of users in any environment.

Why We Carry Destiny Hearing Aids
At St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, our doctors and management staff, including ENT physician Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, are forward-thinkers and only carry the highest-quality products and leading edge technology and instruments in our practice. Offering patients anything less would simply be unacceptable to us. The Destiny line of hearing aids by Starkey embodies our passion and commitment to helping our patients with hearing loss by offering a digital, technology-driven solution.

If you’re experiencing hearing loss on any level, come see us in our St. Augustine office today. Dr. DePasquale will conduct a complete examination of your hearing loss and offer a comprehensive care plan. For many patients, the Destiny hearing aid is the right solution to many hearing deficiencies of all stages.

St. Aug ENT’s Dr. DePasquale to Lead Discussion At The Sinus Forum 2011

Returning for its 5th year, The Sinus Forum 2011 will be held in New York City on July 29-30th, 2011 at the historic Waldorf-Astoria Park Avenue hotel. The Forum is a conference-style event that brings together otolaryngologists (physicians who work with diseases of the ear and throat) from all over the nation.

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat’s Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will be at the conference as a course discussant and participant in several collegial discussions and formal debates about the research and emerging innovations that bear great potential for treatments in chronic ear, nose, and throat disorders.

Attendees (who are primarily other physicians) will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. DePasquale as she leads the second Chalk Talk Panel, a discussion and debate on industry trends and methods, along with 4 other prominent otolaryngologists, scheduled for Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 1:10 pm.

Dr. DePasquale will also participate in the seventh Chalk Talk Panel, scheduled for Sunday, July 30th, 2011 at 2:15 pm. The Panel provides the speakers an opportunity to interact with each other on a public platform, sharing ideas, research, technology, and insight that is vital to promoting advancements in their respective sinus-related fields.

To be invited as a Discussant at The Sinus Forum is a lot like an informal nomination and testament to a doctor’s expertise in the medical field of sinus disorders. St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is proud to have a presence at this industry-leading symposium and to be represented by Kalpana!

The main topics on the Forum’s agenda this year are to explore minimally invasive medical therapy techniques and a multi-faceted approach to more efficient drug delivery; offer hands-on educational sessions and didactic-style demonstrations; and to facilitate active, engaged discussion boards covering the broader otolaryngology spectrum. Participating physicians can also claim continued education credits they can apply to their professional accreditations.

Also new this year is the sponsorships. The Forum will be joint-sponsored by the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) and The Foundation for Innovation, Education, and Research in Otorhinolaryngology, or FIERO.

The ACHL is a comprehensive continuing medical education provider committed to ongoing edification for medical professionals for the betterment of clinical outcomes and patient care. FIERO is an independent organization that’s also committed to educating health care professionals on current practices and advances within the Otolaryngology field.

Again, the staff here at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is proud of Dr. DePasquale’s appointment to the Chalk Talk Panels, and we can wait for The Sinus Forum! We’re deeply committed to providing our patients with the most state of the art and emerging clinical technologies that allow us to treat ear, nose, throat, head, and neck disorders in the most efficient and effective ways, and we can’t wait to bring back the ideas and insight we’ll gain from our peers in July.

3 Most Frequently Asked Questions by Patients About Balloon Sinuplasty

Did you know that up to 37 million people each year suffer from sinusitis, making the condition more prevalent than heart disease and asthma? Sinusitis can be characterized by facial pain or pressure, difficulty of breathing through the nose, and headaches. It’s triggered by the swelling of sinus walls that line a patient’s cheek bones, forehead, and upper face.

In many typical sinusitis cases, anti-biotics and/or steroids are prescribed to help reduce swelling and re-open the sinus pathways. However, at least 20% of patients don’t respond to medication as chronic sinusitis is becoming more common, the treatment of which involves some form of surgery.

While traditional sinusitis surgery uses needles to remove facial bone and tissue, medical device technology has advanced to incorporate minimally-invasive procedures that offer patients a more comfortable, effective option. It’s called Balloon Sinuplasty, and it’s a simple process that gently restructures and expands the sinus passageways permanently.

Here are 3 of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Balloon Sinulplasty procedure asked by our patients in the St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat office. (When you’re finished with our blog, check out our educational video on Balloon Sinuplasty as well.)

How does it work?
The Balloon Sinuplasty system is made of up an inner-connected collection of FDA-cleared catheter devices. These devices use tiny, minimally-invasive rods and balloons that are inserted into the naval cavities and are designed to reach the inflamed passageways that are causing the sinusitis. Over the course of the surgery (typical procedures last around 1 hour), the balloons are systematically inflated to gently reduce blockage and restoring the opening.

How do passageways stay open?
When gradually inflated, the balloons softly move the surrounding bones and tissue that encompass the blocked sinus passageway outward, re-opening the cavity without the need to remove or destroy facial bones and tissue.

What qualifies a physician to perform the Balloon Sinuplasty?
Otolaryngologists, or in other words physicians who specialize in ear, nose, and throat disorders, must be trained and educated prior to performing or offering Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in their practice. The devices are manufactured by Acclarent, Inc, a developer of innovation ENT solutions for patients and physicians.

Physicians must all be educated on the inclusive Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty program that covers all of Acclarent’s medical balloon device technology.

In addition, ENT physicians who are interested in incorporating the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure in their practice will also need to apply and register with the company’s Evolve Professional Education Program, a comprehensive training and educational series conducted at medical centers all over the country.

Each course consists of didactic presentations, filmed case studies, hands-on training, and surgical observation. The course is taught by Master Trainers, ENT physicians who are highly trained and experienced with the devices and the procedure.

Dr. Kalpana Depasquale of St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat has been a certified Master Trainer for the Evolve program designed and accredited by Acclarent for their Balloon Sinuplasty devices since January of 2011. She is involved in training and educating fellow Otolaryngologists on how to use this revolutionary technology. Learn more about Dr. DePasquale and her practice here.

Sources: Acclarent, Inc., Webmd.com, and St. Augustine Ear, Nose, and Throat.
Photo Attribute: Balloon Synuplasty Overview by Acclarent