Blog Archive

Image-guided Navigation for Balloon Sinuplasty Jan 28th, 2021

Sinuses are air-filled pockets behind the facial bones surrounding the nose. Each sinus has a natural openings through which mucus drains. Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus lining often caused by sinus infections and/or blockage of the sinus openings, altering normal drainage. Pain, pressure, fatigue, stuffy nose/congestion, loss of smell...

Hill Country Allergies - What are the main causes and treatments Jan 26th, 2021

Our family feels privileged to live in the scenic Hill Country of New Braunfels, TX,  and we are grateful to have been here for over 20 years. Despite the noticeable, significant change and growth in population and development (now Comal County is one of the fastest growing counties in the...

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation Jan 26th, 2021

What is the Eustachian tube?  It is a narrow tube which links the back of the nose to the middle ear.  It is normally closed but opens when we swallow, yawn, or chew. It has three main functions: to protect the middle ear from sources of disease, to ventilate the middle...

KENS-TV: Dr. Lano on Sleep Apnea Sufferers Jan 20th, 2021

Dr. Charles Lano appeared on KENS-TV to discuss how sleep apnea sufferers may have long-term medical complications if inot treated early on.  Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts. It is potentially serious, because sudden drops in the levels of oxygen in your blood can increase...

Considerations for purchasing hearing aids Aug 22nd, 2018

Hearing aids like other technologies are rapidly improving in function and decreasing in size from year to year. The average American patient over the age of 60 is bombarded with advertisements for the “best and latest digital hearing aid technology” on television, in newspaper ads, on the internet, and in...

Signs you may have hearing loss Jul 19th, 2018

 The most common statement I hear patients say is “I can hear fine, it is only sometimes I don’t understand or distinguish words correctly.” Patients also say “I hear fine if people will speak up. I only have problems because people mumble,” or “I don’t have problems hearing except in...

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss Jul 1st, 2018

Comorbidities of Hearing Loss It is not uncommon to see hearing loss co-occur with other health or mental health conditions. First, it is important to note that the term comorbidity refers to “the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient.1” We will take a look at...

Tinnitus - it's potential causes and how to manage it Jun 22nd, 2018

Tinnitus (pronounced tin-NI-tus or TINN-ei-tus) is the perception of sounds in the ears or in the head that are not present in the environment. For example, tinnitus can sound like ringing, buzzing, whoosing, humming, chirping, cicadas, or like a concha shell. It can even sound like your heart beat. The...

Hearing Loss - Not Just a Sign of Aging May 16th, 2018

It is not uncommon to see hearing loss co-occur with other health or mental health conditions. First, it is important to note that the term comorbidity refers to “the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient.1” We will take a look at some compelling research, but...

Tips For Communicating With Those With Hearing Loss Apr 21st, 2018

Hearing is vital to connecting to the world around us. Communication is the basis to human connection as it allows for access to spoken language, interactions, and activities. For those with hearing loss, hearing impairment means that communication, relationships, and social activities are also often impaired. Hearing aid technology allows...

Got Sleep? Apr 17th, 2018

Many sleep problems such as insomnia, Circadian Rhythm sleep disorders (sleep phase disorders, shift work disorder, jet lag disorder,) insufficient sleep syndrome, etc.; can be successfully managed by making changes to the habits that affect your sleep. In the daytime, it is ideal that one maintains a consistent wake time. ...

Hill Country Ear Nose & Throat earns CT accreditation by the IAC May 18th, 2017

Approximately one in 10 Americans undergo a Computed Tomography (CT) scan each year in order to detect abnormalities, injuries or diseases. A highly regarded diagnostic imaging tool due to its ability to detect minute differences in tissue as well as its multiplanar reformatted imaging capabilities, CT is used to diagnose...

Christus LiveWell Magazine: Interview with Dr. Lano Apr 7th, 2016

Dr. Lano was featured in an interview for Christus LiveWell magazine discussing the importance of sleep, but also how your stress can affect your sleeping habits. Read part of the segment that also featured Dr. James Henderson at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, as they both tackle how...