When is snoring a cry for help?

Research has found that approximately 50% of people who snore actually suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that has been associated with a host of chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. If you snore, your upper airway may be collapsing partially or totally over and over during sleep, preventing air from reaching your lungs. Without adequate airflow at night, the lungs are no longer able to supply the heart, body, and brain with enough oxygen. If you have concerns that your snoring may be a symptom of not breathing normally during your sleep, talk to your primary care provider about having a sleep study to check for sleep apnea. Learn more by watching our video on snoring and sleep apnea.

Posted on Mon, December 14, 2015 by Beth Fernandez filed under Sleep Snoring

Beth Fernandez, AuD
Beth Fernandez, AuD
Dr. Beth Fernandez is an audiologist who specializes in adult and pediatric diagnostics and adult hearing aid fitting and verification. Dr. Fernandez possesses a passion for improving the quality of life of individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus and employs the latest in evidence-based hearing aid fitting procedures in order to maximize patient outcomes. In 2005, she graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She then obtained her doctorate in audiology from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in 2009. Dr. Fernandez is an advocate for the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and her clinical services include hearing conservation counseling and the fitting of custom hearing protection, swimplugs, and earbuds. In addition, she provides in-office treatment for positional vertigo. Dr. Fernandez enjoys sharing her passion for the profession of audiology through teaching and public outreach.
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