Ear, Nose & Throat

Head and Neck Surgeons of New Mexico is now part of Lovelace Medical Group!

Overview

Lovelace Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat specializes in providing comprehensive ENT care and treatment for hearing loss, sinus disease, nasal obstruction, sleep and swallowing disorders and many more.

Common conditions treated by our Otolaryngologists include:

  • Adenoids
  • Breathing problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ear infection
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Hearing loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Mouth sores
  • Nasal fractures
  • Neck pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Oral cancers
  • Skin cancers
  • Smell and taste disorders
  • Snoring/sleep apnea
  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Sinuses
  • Thyroid
  • Tonsils
  • Voice disorders

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 505.727.1670

Ear & Hearing

Dizziness

Lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or "pass out." Although you may feel dizzy, you do not feel as though you or  your surroundings are moving. Lightheadedness can occur from standing up too quickly, heat exposure, dehydration, extreme physical exertion, or medication side effects

Vertigo is the sensation of self-movement or the movement of your surroundings – a spinning sensation. Vertigo . is commonly caused by a problem with the way balance works in the inner ear, although it can also be caused by problems in certain parts of the brain. Causes of vertigo may include: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – where certain head movements trigger vertigo.

Hearing Aids

Over 22 million people in the United States suffer from hearing loss. Hearing instruments can help restore your quality of life. While hearing instruments differ in design and availability of features the otolaryngologists at Lovelace Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat are committed to finding the right hearing instrument to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Different styles of hearing instruments:

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head in when no external sound is present. It is often described as head noise such as: ringing, whooshing, roaring, a steam engine, crickets, buzzing or hissing. There are many more auditory and nonauditory reasons for tinnitus, but it is medically proven that tinnitus is somehow the result of the brain’s reaction to impaired hearing.
 
At Lovelace Medical Group, Ear, Nose & Throat we have both the medical staff and Audiologists who are able to diagnose and treat your tinnitus in the same facility.
 
• Age related hearing loss
• Certain medications
• Conditions of the ear
• Head trauma
• Noise damage
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Increased stress
• Sleeping problems
• Change and/or addition of medications
• Reduce caffeine consumption
• Sound therapy
• Tinnitus habituation therapy
• Wearing Hearing Aids
 
To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 505.727.1670

Snoring

Forty-five percent of normal adults snore occasionally and twenty-five percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. An evaluation of the nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck can help determine what the cause of snoring may be. 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the muscles that support the soft tissues in the throat, such as your tongue and soft palate, temporarily relax. When these muscles relax, the airway is narrowed or closed, and breathing is momentarily cut off. This condition is seen in all age groups, but the frequency increases with age and obesity.

Possible treatments can include

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP mask)
  • Decreasing alcohol consumption
  • Oral devices
  • Sleeping adjustments
  • Surgery
  • Weight loss

A sleep study may be required to determine if snoring is due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Visit our Sleep Study Center for more information at https://lovelace.com/services/sleep-medicine

Light Snoring Self-help

Adults who suffer from mild or occasional snoring can try these tips and tricks to ease symptoms.

  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle to develop good muscle tone and lose weight
  • Avoid sleeping aids and antihistamines before bed
  • Limit alchohol at least four hours before bed and heavy meals at least three hours
  • Establish regular sleeping patterns
  • Sleep on your side rather than your back
  • Elevate the head of your bed four inches

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 505.727.1670

Sinus & Allergies

Allergens are foreign substances that can include food, pollen, or pet dander. They can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin and digestive system with reactions ranging from mild to severe. 

Specialties

  • Asthma care
  • Chronic cough
  • Food hyper sensitivity
  • Recurrent bronchitis
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Sinuses

Treatment options

Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, increase tolerance to allergens that provoke allergy symptoms. They usually are recommended for severe or persistent allergies to reduce sensitivity.

Allergy drop treatment, also known as sublingual immunotherapy, slowly builds a tolerance to allergens.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 505.727.1670

Providers

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Steven Lauer, NP
Raymond C. Matteucci, M.D., FACS
Jason E. Mudd, M.D.
Barry D. Nagel, M.D., FACS
Claudia Puig-Román, AuD
Allyson Ray, M.D., FACS