William H. Blahd Jr. MD FACEP


Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is a condition in which sound reaches the inner ear but a person is unable to process it properly. This type of hearing loss occurs because of a problem in the inner ear, the cochlear (auditory) nerve, or, rarely, a problem within the brain. The most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss…

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss is when the normal physical movement (conduction) of sound waves through the external ear canal or the middle ear is blocked or misdirected. Anything that disrupts the passage of sound through the external and middle ear—such as hardened earwax, a hole in the eardrum, a foreign object, abnormal…

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are some of the most widespread infections both in the United States and the world. STIs affect both men and women, and two-thirds of all STIs occur in people younger than 25. Exposure to an STI can occur any time you have sexual contact that involves the genitals, the mouth…

Preventing Choking

Don’t drink too much alcohol before eating. It may dull your senses, and you might not chew food properly or might try to swallow too large a portion of food. Take small bites. Cut meat into small pieces. Chew your food thoroughly. Do not give popcorn, nuts, or hard candy to children younger than 4, and supervise older…

Protect your back as you lie down

Bending or twisting your back can cause back pain. When you are getting into bed, avoid twists and bends. Follow these steps to get in and out of bed without bending or twisting your back. When you are ready to lie down, stand with the back of your legs touching the bed. Reach your hands back toward the bed as you bend…