June 13, 2022

New Ears for Olimpia

In 2005, Olimpia Almazan was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, one of a group of rare diseases that involve hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. A few years later, she developed hearing loss. “I used to take my…

May 9, 2022

Repair of a Left Ethmoid Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

For months, Janie Lee’s nose wouldn’t stop running. Clear fluid ran from her left nostril during the day and down her throat at night. A nurse at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas, Lee stuffed tissue in her nostrils…

April 20, 2022

Elliott and Elizabeth: Managing Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Siblings

When Elizabeth Maddox failed her newborn hearing screening after an early delivery by cesarean section, her pediatrician referred her to Audrey Taylor, AuD, with UT Physicians Audiology, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. This was familiar territory…

March 9, 2022

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty Gives a Young Girl Her Confidence Back

In mid-December 2020, 13-year-old Leighia Robles was crossing the street to get the mail when a pick-up truck approached her head on. She jumped out of the way but was hit in the face by the side-view mirror, crushing her…

February 1, 2022

Bilateral Cochlear Implants for Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss in an 8 Month-Old

Nicholas Altong failed his newborn hearing screening. The test was repeated the following day, and he failed again. When his pediatrician learned that he had failed both screenings, she ordered a test to measure brain response to sound and gave…

January 14, 2022

Jim Connors Benefits from Minimally Invasive Sialendoscopy

A relatively small percentage of sialolithiasis, or salivary gland stones, involves the largest salivary glands, the parotids, with symptoms that include painful swelling at meal times. “Although I didn’t have pain, my left cheek would swell up right before I…

November 30, 2021

Multidisciplinary Removal of a Large Carotid Body Tumor

In 2009, at the age of 31, Diona Manning underwent a tonsillectomy. Prior to the surgery, her ENT found a small, asymptomatic carotid body tumor where her left carotid artery branches into smaller vessels that carry blood to the brain….

November 2, 2021

Minimally Invasive Sialendoscopy Provides Relief for Aster Kebreab

For nearly a decade, Aster Kebreab’s right cheek swelled when she ate, and if she pressed on it, it was painful. During those years she saw her dentist, an allergist, and several ENTs, all of whom prescribed various antibiotics.  “The…

October 8, 2021

The Greatest Gift: Bilateral Cochlear Implants Help a Toddler Meet Her Milestones

When Lucy Laker failed her newborn hearing screening twice, her pediatrician referred her to Audrey Taylor, AuD, at UT Physicians Audiology for auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing. Dr. Taylor confirmed Lucy’s hearing loss in December 2019, with a natural sleep…

September 16, 2021

UT Physicians Audiologist Looks Beyond Hearing Loss to Resources for Life

In 2014, Haley Woodfin, then a freshman in college, started having surprising symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis, accompanied by fever and ongoing general illness. She underwent a number of surgeries, including balloon sinuplasty, placement of an ear tube, rhinoplasty for a…