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Eight steps toward better communication  
Abstract: This booklet discusses eight important and helpful steps to follow for people with hearing loss and for their loved ones.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 4/2011
Acoustic neuroma: Vestibular schwannoma  
Abstract: This handout explains what acoustic neuroma is. It also gives information about its causes, symptoms, and treatment, including surgery and radiation therapy.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
BAEPs: brainstem auditory evoked potentials  
Abstract: This handout explains the brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) test, which measures how well sound travels from the ear to the brain and how the brain, especially the brainstem, responds to sound.
Author: Neurodiagnostics
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2016
Cancer of the larynx: Understanding your diagnosis  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment explains the function of the larynx and esophagus, and gives basic information about laryngeal cancer for patients who may be considering a laryngectomy. Diagrams showing the location of the larynx are included.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 11/2010
Chemical perfusion of the inner ear: About your treatment  
Abstract: This handout describes chemical perfusion treatment for patients with Meniere's disease, sensorineural hearing loss, autoimmune inner ear disease, and tinnitus. How the treatment works, the treatment methods, expected results, and possible side effects or risks are discussed.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 8/2011
Chronic rhinosinusitis: Symptoms, causes, and treatments  
Abstract: This handout explains chronic rhinosinusitis, what causes it, and how it is treated.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Cochlear implant: What to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect from and how to prepare for surgery to insert cochlear implants.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2012
Coping with cancer: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment, for patients dealing with a diagnosis of cancer of the larynx and considering a laryngectomy, offers tips on feeling in control, managing information, dealing with anxiety and stress, using support groups and classes, and taking care of yourself. Coping tips are also included for family and friends.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007
Low-sodium diet: For Otolaryngology patients  
Abstract: This booklet describes a low-salt (low-sodium) diet for otolaryngology patients. Topics such as reading food labels, allowed foods, foods to avoid, and flavoring alternatives are covered.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 4/2011
Endoscopic sinus surgery: How to prepare for and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from endoscopic sinus surgery. This surgery may be recommended if medicines are not controlling symptoms caused by sinusitis. Instructions for doing nasal irrigation are included.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 1/2016
Guide to your head and neck cancer treatment: At University of Washington Medical Center  
Abstract: This document contains the cover, table of contents, and welcome section of the manual, Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment, designed for patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and considering a laryngectomy. Other sections of the guide include "Cancer of the Larynx," "Coping with Cancer," Tips for Talking with Your Health Care Team," "Your Care After Surgery," "Your Hospital Stay," "Your Pre-Surgery Treatment," and "Internet Resources, Articles, and More Information."
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007
Head and neck surgery: How to prepare for and what to expect of your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from head and neck surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 6/2004
Hearing aid services  
Abstract: Explains the anatomy of a hearing aid and describes conventional, programmable, and digital hearing aids. Describes evaluations used to determine need, selection, and fitting. Also discusses insurance coverage, 30-day trial period, and fitting visit schedule. Provides resource list.
Author: Audiology Clinic/Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2008
Laryngectomy  
Abstract: This flyer briefly describes laryngectomy surgery and support options for patients who have had this surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 6/2004
Laser stapedotomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for a laser stapedotomy. This surgery rebuilds the parts of the middle ear that conduct sound. A laser is used to create a small hole in the middle ear. The stapes (stirrup bone) is bypassed and replaced by a prosthesis (a man-made part).
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2012
Mastoidectomy: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from mastoidectomy surgery, which is done when chronic ear disease has not responded to antibiotic treatment.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 1/2016
Meniere's disease  
Abstract: This handout explains Meniere's disease (MD), its symptoms, evaluation tests, medical management and prognosis, and surgical treatments such as endolymphatic sac surgery, vestibular nerve section, and labyrinthectomy. It provides contact telephone numbers at UWMC and support group information.
Author: Audiology Clinic/Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington, 1996
Revised Date: 5/2012
Micro-direct laryngoscopy: Vocal cord surgery, injection, or laser excision  
Abstract: This handout explains what happens during a micro-direct laryngoscopy, a procedure to examine the larynx (voice box) with a microscope. Included are self-care instructions to follow while recovering from the surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Myringotomy with or without tube insertion: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from a myringotomy procedure.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2011
Nasal surgery: Septorhinoplasty  
Abstract: This handout explains how to prepare for septorhinoplasty, surgery to improve the function or appearance of the nose. Also included are care instructions to follow after surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 11/2010
Nosebleeds  
Abstract: This handout explains what to do if a nose bleed starts and how to prevent nose bleeds.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 11/2011
Osteoplastic frontal sinus obliteration surgery: How to prepare for and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from osteoplastic frontal sinus obliteration surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Otitis externa: "Swimmer's ear"  
Abstract: This handout explains what otitis externa is. It giives information about its causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and treatments.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
Otitis media  
Abstract: This handout explains and illustrates treatment of otitis media (OT). It explains how the middle ear and eustacian tube work, and what causes OT. It includes diagnosis, medical treatment, surgical treatment, and self-care afterward.
Author: Audiology Clinic/Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington, 1996
Revised Date: 5/2012
Otosclerosis and stapes surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: Explains what otosclerosis is, how it develops, normal ear function, and related hearing loss: stapedial otosclerosis and cochlear otosclerosis. Discusses treatment options such as medical intervention, hearing aids, and stapes surgery. Explains in detail the stapes surgery process, hearing improvement, reduction of tinnitus, and potential complications. Includes anatomy and procedure-related llustrations, and contact phone numbers for further information.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 3/2010
Parotid surgery: How to prepare and what to expect after  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from parotid surgery. The parotid is one of the glands that secretes saliva.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 11/2010
Presbycusis: Age-related hearing loss  
Abstract: This booklet explains presbycusis and its causes, diagnosis, and treatment such as hearing aids, assistive listening devices and cochlear implants. It also discusses medical therapy and prevention. Illustrations, and contact phone numbers are included.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 3/2010
Presbystasis: Age-related balance problems  
Abstract: This booklet explains how presbystasis develops, how the ear works, symptoms of presbystasis, and diagnostic tests such as electronystagmography, computerized dynamic posturography, and rotating chair. It includes explanations of medical therapy and balance therapy. It also addresses follow-up care and safety tips and contains illustrations and photographs.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2010
Risks of nasal and sinus surgery: What you should know  
Abstract: This handout explains both the common and the more rare risks involved in having nasal or sinus surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 10/2015
Safe swallowing tips: How to avoid aspiration and choking  
Abstract: This handout gives tips to help lower the risk of aspiration and choking. It includes check boxes for a speech pathologist to indicate the most helpful tips for the patient.
Author: Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 11/2011
Septo-rhinoplasty: What to expect after your operation  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect after septo-rhinoplasty surgery, including instructions for activity, pain management, and when to call the nurse or doctor.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 6/2004
Septoplasty: What to expect after your operation  
Abstract: This flyer explains what to expect after septoplasty surgery, including guidelines for activity, diet, medication, and nasal care. Symptoms to report to the doctor and contact information are listed.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 3/2012
Sinus irrigation with gentamicin: For sinusitis  
Abstract: This handout for patients with sinusitis (sinus infection) gives step-by-step instructions for sinus irrigation (nasal rinse) using gentamicin solution.
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 3/2014
Sinus irrigation: Step-by-step instructions  
Abstract: This handout explains sinus irrigation. It includes step-by-step instructions and a recipe for making a homemade salt (saline) solution.
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Stapedotomy: What to expect of and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure details what to expect from and how to prepare for stapedotomy surgery, done to reconstruct the middle ear sound conduction mechanism.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2011
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss: Symptoms, causes, and treatment  
Abstract: This handout explains what sudden sensorineural hearing loss is. It also gives information about its causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and treatments.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
Surgical removal of acoustic neuroma: How to prepare for and what to expect from your operation  
Abstract: This pamphlet outlines what to expect from surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous tissue growth on the cranial nerves leading from the brain to the inner ear. Included are how to prepare for the operation, and how to plan for recovery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2007
Thyroidectomy or partial thyroidecomy: How to prepare and what to expect  
Abstract: This brochure explains how to prepare for and what to expect from thyroidectomy or partial thyroidectomy surgery, also called hemithyroidectomy.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 6/2017
Thyroplasty surgery: After your operation  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect after thyroplasty, a surgery to change the position or length of your vocal cords. This operation is done to relieve ongoing hoarseness or swallowing problems.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 6/2010
Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears  
Abstract: This booklet describes tinnitus, also called "ringing in the ears." How hearing works, causes of tinnitus, treatment, and disease management are discussed.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 11/2011
Tonsillectomy: Care after surgery  
Abstract: This flyer describes care instructions to follow after tonsillectomy surgery, including diet, medicines, activity, and when to call the clinic.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2009
Tracheostomy  
Abstract: This flyer explains the tracheostomy procedure, where an opening is made in the trachea (windpipe), and related care issues.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 12/2009
Transtympanic perfusion therapy: About your procedure  
Abstract: This brochure explains what to expect and how to prepare for the transtympanic perfusion therapy procedure.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 7/2011
Tympanoplasty: What to expect of and how to prepare  
Abstract: This brochure outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from tympanoplasty surgery.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2011
Your care after head or neck surgery: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment gives details about scheduling a clinic visit after surgery, and what happens at that first clinic visit. Issues related to nutrition and medical alert jewelry are also covered.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 2/2012
Your pre-surgery treatment: For patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer  
Abstract: This section of the Guide to Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment explains the pre-surgery plan and the surgical procedure for either a partial or total laryngectomy. Included are definitions for common terms, descriptions of the care providers involved, and an emphasis on the importance of good nutrition in the healing process.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 6/2007
Zenker's diverticulum  
Abstract: This handout explains Zenker's diverticulum, a herniation of mucosa and submucosa through a defect in the posterior pharyngeal muscular wall, creating a pouch or sac. Symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatments are discussed.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2005

 
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