Snoring and Sleep Disorders

Young couple have problem with man's snoring

Treatment for snoring and sleep disorders usually depends on the severity of the condition and whether patients are experiencing apnea or simple snoring. What are the most common causes of snoring? Snoring is the result of a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep, which can be attributed to: Large tonsils. A soft palate, a […]

Aging Voice and Parkinson’s Related Voice Disorders

What causes an aging voice or Presbyphonia or Presbylarynx? As part of the normal aging process, the muscles that sustain and support our vocal folds (cords), as well as the structure of the larynx (voice box), may alter and change. These changes, that can affect the way we use our voice and the way it sounds, usually occur […]

Vocal Cord Dysfunction

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What is Vocal Cord Dysfunction?   Vocal cord dysfunction is a generalized term used to describe a neuropathy in the vagus nerve that causes a feeling of constantly having a lump in one’s throat or a tight feeling. You may struggle to inhale enough air, which can be painful or cause tension. Patients also may hear […]


Young Business Man Sneezing. Coughing Into His Sleeve

What causes a cough? The most common causes for a cough are: Reflux Postnasal drip Allergies (environmental or food) A sinus infection Asthma Upper respiratory infections Neurogenic cough / post viral cough Bronchitis COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) A malignancy or chronic inflammatory process (in extremely rare instances) What are self-care remedies can the providers […]


woman touches fingers of sore throat Inflammation

If your voice sounds rough or husky, you may have dysphonia – commonly called hoarseness. Hoarseness should go away after a short time but, if it lasts for three weeks or more, you should contact AAENT. How does AAENT evaluate hoarseness? The first thing our providers do is listen to the quality of the patient’s […]

Voice and Swallowing Center

The AAENT Voice and Swallowing Center is led by Drs. Kleiman, Meek, and Wachal partnering with our Speech Pathologist, Heather Langford focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of laryngologic (voice box and throat) conditions. We offer a wide variety of in-office and operative procedures, and partner with speech pathologists in the Annapolis, Severna Park, Crofton, Anne Arundel County areas to get […]

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

smiling young woman touching face and looking at mirror

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a common surgical method to treat chronic sinus infections. The providers at AAENT will use a magnifying endoscope inserted through the nostrils to see and remove affected tissue and bone. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a common surgical method to treat chronic sinus infections. In a FESS procedure, […]

Nasal Congestion

What causes nasal congestion? Nasal congestion can be caused by a long list of factors. Among the most common are: An allergic reaction to environmental inhalants, as well as, foods Virus Sinus infection Deviated Septum Nasal polyps Enlarged turbinates When should I seek medical treatment for nasal congestion? Medical intervention should be sought for nasal congestion that […]

Sinusitis / Sinus Infection

What is sinusitis? Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the sinus lining generally caused by bacterial, viral, or structural issues of the nose. When this occurs, mucus doesn’t drain properly. Instead, the result is a stuffy nose and a buildup of mucus around the eyes and face.Sinusitis symptoms, including congestion, […]

Sinus Headache

Young women who suffers from Sinus Headaches holds her brow

What causes sinus headaches? Sinus headaches are caused by an inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis), which typically occurs as the result of a respiratory infection, virus or allergies. A sinus headache may or may not be accompanied by nasal congestion and/or a fever. However, like a migraine or tension headache, symptoms generally include a deep, […]