Hello again,

Would it be an understatement to say we’re all looking forward to saying “see ya!” to 2020?

Joking aside, although there have been some really tough moments, we’d also like to think that you, like us, are a glass half full kind of person. In which case, we’re sure you’d appreciate looking at some of the better, dare we say, happier things that have kept us smiling throughout this year…

Three Things That Have Kept Us Smiling:

#1When we all went into lockdown, our clinic had to briefly close in order to control the spread of the virus. As tough as that was, having to shut down meant that all the staff realized how important it is to slow the pace and spend real quality time with their loved ones.

#2. As we all know, our great hospitality industry had to temporarily close shop, which means we all missed out on going to our favorite cafes, restaurants, and shops dotted around Scottsdale.

It seems strange to say something like this would make us smile, but in actual fact, not having the convenience of immediate access to these places made us appreciate them even more, which in turn has made us all commit to using them as much as we can in the future.

#3. Finally (and this one is a huge one for us), with many more Americans wearing face masks, the unintended consequence of this is that it’s made more people aware of an undiagnosed hearing loss.

Although we’re aware that the face mask debate has sparked, shall we say, a few issues, we’re extremely grateful that with more people recognizing they’ve been lip reading to communicate for years and now need help, we’ve been able to help them.

So yes, here are just 3 things we’ve been able to take stock on and smile about. What about you?


Updates from the Office

We’ll be trading our usual staff dinner and party for a virtual event, in line with the restrictions. But once these are lifted, boy will we be making up for it!

Just to let you know, we’re closed on 12/24 (at noon), 12/25 (all day), 12/31 (at noon), and 1/1 (all day). If you need an appointment close to those dates, get in touch!

We truly hope you also have some wonderful holiday celebrations planned for December and the new year – despite the present constraints.


Struggling for a Holiday Gift?

Of course, the best bit of the holiday season is spending time with loved ones, but let’s be truthful here and agree that the second-best bit is giving them a gift you know they’ll love!

If you have someone in the family with a hearing loss, here are two great gift ideas that they’ll not only love but really love you for!

#1. TV streamers, which send sounds from your television straight to your hearing aids.

#2. Remote mics, which give you enhanced amplification when there’s a lot of background noise.

If you’d like to know more about these potential presents, call us at (480) 684-1080, and the friendly team will be all too happy to help.

Breakthrough: Scientists Use Earwax to Check for Depression

New research has found that our ears aren’t just useful for witnessing the world around us. They can also give doctors crucial information about our mental well-being.

The study conducted by a team at University College London found that earwax can be used to measure levels of a specific stress hormone.

High levels of this can help diagnose if someone has depression, and the researchers say that the test is easy to do at home, without the need for a specialist.

“We hope to transform diagnostics and care for millions of people with depression or cortisol-related conditions,” lead researcher Dr. Andres Herane-Vives told The Guardian.

We feel that it’s great that more people are paying attention to how important our ears and hearing are to our overall health – which is something we know a lot about here at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat.

On a side note, if you’re suffering from earwax build-up, please contact our team, as they’ll be able to help you with this issue via a simple process.

Helpful Resources

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Where over the counter medication are quick fixes, it doesn’t always get to the heart of the problem, which is why we’re full supporters of nasal irrigation, most notably the Neti Pot that uses saltwater to flush out the nasal congestion…

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What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Here is some basic information about balloon sinuplasty to make those considering this treatment more comfortable with what it is, how it works, its recovery time, and its rate of success…

Read Here…

Before we go, from all of us here at Scottsdale ENT, we’d like to thank you for sticking with us this year, and we truly hope for a happier 2021.

Have a question or need help? Then we’re here for you.

Call us at (480) 684-1080.

Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat

Happy Holidays!

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Dr. Cheryl A. MacKechnie, MD

Dr. Cheryl A. MacKechnie is board certified in otolaryngology and treats a broad range of ear, nose, and throat conditions. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she completed her residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.