Dr. Bernstein Joel

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Getzville, NY
62 years experience male

Locations

Joel M. Bernstein PC

Getzville, NY

Address

2430 North Forest Rd, 1023 Delaware avenue, Getzville, NY
Directions

Fax

7166367616

About

Bio

I have a PhD in Immunology. My strengths are are in the inflammatory process in upper respiratory tract infectious diseases. I am also knowledgeable in ear and sinus inflammation and most importantly all diseases involving the inner ear, notably sudden deafness, progressive deafness, noise induced hearing loss and vertigo caused by labyrinthine diseases. Tonsillitis and indications for surgery of recurrent tonsillitis are subjects that I can discuss.

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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1.2K Answers
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Rule out papilloma: An extra tag of skin on the uvula may be a papilloma. This is a viral infection that may have happened long ago. If it is asymptomatic, leave it alo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Yes: Mirror laryngoscopy of flexible fiber optic endoscopy are the easiest methods to visualize the lingual tonsils. Pulling the tongue as forward as poss... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Need narcotic: Tonsillectomy in an 8 year old is extremely painful and almost always requires a narcotic syrup. The pain in the ear is referred from the base of the ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
3 possibilities: 1.) Jaw joint disc dislocation 2.) lymph node that moves into the jaw joint when you open your mouth 3.) small growth of parotid gland recommend yo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Sebaceous cysts: They may be infected sebaceous cysts. See an ENT doctor for possible incision and drainage.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Yes: If you take the Flonase about 15 to 30 minutes after the saline irrigation, that would be acceptable. You do not want to take the Flonase immediately... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Soon: It is likely that these are not separate infections. Most general physicians treat with antibiotics without taking a throat culture which is wrong. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Tonsillar crypt: The palatine (throat) tonsil has many indentations called crypts which increase the surface area of the tonsil. It is not uncommon for food particles... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Yes: The most common cause of pain in the back of the head is muscle tension. In the absence of any neurological signs such as dimming of vision, numbness... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Not yet: The general consensus in our specialty (ENT) is that an 8 day history of your symptoms is a viral upper respiratory infection. An antibiotic is not n... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Excellent question: There are 2 points I wish to make. First, if you have a viral infection, placing you on an antibiotic may be harmful because you are killing off "goo... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Hypertrophy: You are probably seeing hypertrophy of the tonsillar tissue. The palatine (throat) tonsil is made of of millions of lymphocytes and up until the age ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Residual fluid: Resolution of a sinus infection requires that the openings of the sinuses into the nose become unblocked. If this was a bacterial infection, the anti... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
See laryngologist: As an 18 year old singer, the best advice is to see a laryngologist who has experience with professional singers. The symptoms you have could be a pr... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Culture: The only way you can identify MRSA is with a culture. You should see a dermatologist for a specific diagnosis. Certainly, a culture will identify if ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
May be normal: It is not unusual for the palatine tonsils to be of different sizes. In the past the theory was that asymmetry could indicate lymphoma or leukemia. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Normal: Whenever you swallow the Eustachian tube opens and gases from the back of the nose enter the middle ear space to equalize normal barometric pressure. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Yes: Epistaxis or nose bleeds can arise from a number of anatomical regions in the nose. You may have prominent blood vessels in the front and bottom of t... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Possible: A concha bullosa is an air containing middle turbinate (a normal structure in the lateral wall of the nose. This may be a normal anatomical variant u... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
2 different entities: A nasal polyp is an inflammatory growth from the lateral wall of the nose. Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, for exampl... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Tinnitus: Tinnitus or what many call "ringing in the ear" is caused by increased synchronous electrical activity in the auditory nervous system of the central n... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Not all related: The popping of the ears can be easily explained by Eustachian tube opening when you swallow. This is absolutely normal and you are just aware of a no... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Probably no loss: Bppv is the result of loose otoconia (ear stones) in the inner ear. This disease as its name suggests is benign. If you have a dehiscence of a canal... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Yes: One loud noise exposure from a gun is enough to cause tinnitus. It may resolve but there is no way of knowing. Also determine if you have developed a... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Viral infection: A cold or rhinitis is almost always a viral infection and is a self limited infection requiring only your immune system requiring cure. OTC meds such... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Brain: The present concept of tinnitus is that it is caused by a synchronous discharge of electrical activity from the central auditory nervous system, eg. t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Yes: The tonsils do not have to be exactly the same size. If you are asymptomatic and no nodes in the neck, I do not think there is cause for concern. If,... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Strange question: Streptococcal sore throat, by itself, will never kill you. Furthermore, thankfully, this organism is still sensitive to many available antibiotics. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Infection: If the ear lobe is red and tender in addition to being swollen, then you have an infection. Treatment is either hot soaks or incision and drainage.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Sinusitis: There are many ENT specialists who perform sinus surgery using a balloon sinuplasty. The idea is simply to open up the small openings that lead from ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Several ideas: I am not sure whether the narcolepsy is related to the dizziness. I have 3 possibilities for the dizziness. Dizziness is a very non-specific symptom... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
See ENT: Yes, see an ENT doctor. I personally do not believe that a topical nasal steroid would improve eustachian tube function. But what is important is th... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Not inner ear: You most likely mean water in the external ear canal. it should resolve with head movement and time and if there is a normal ear drum, you should not... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Probably yes: Unless the stone in the duct dissolves spontaneously, the glands will remain swollen. See a head and neck surgeon or ENT doctor for its removal.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Neurologist: The inner ear is only one source of balance disorders. The brain and the neck are other sources. Furthermore, lightheadedness is not a symptom of in... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
No: Tympanometry is a measurement of middle ear pressure and should not cause any injury to the ear canal or ear drum. The most important question is onc... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Information: I would recommend visiting a Hearing and Speech Center and gather as much information as you can to understand the problems of the totally deaf perso... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Please explain: A deviated nasal septum is the rule. It is quite rare to have a "perfectly" straight septum. An injury to the front of the face is common in life, l... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
No: I am not sure what you mean by aero-sinusitis type 2 or 3. But if you have air-fluid levels in the sinuses by X-ray, then flying may seriously aggrav... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Sometimes difficult: Motion sickness is usually the result of a genetically overactive vestibular inner ear. The only possible treatment is to take medication that unfort... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
A few ideas: At 18 years of age there are only a few possibilities. Ortho-static hypotension which means low blood pressure can cause your symptoms. If the room ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
No: Acute pharyngitis is usually a viral infection. I wonder if your PMD put you on an antibiotic. If so, the white tongue could be a fungal infection. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
What's the question?: You have given us a statement, not a question. I assume you want to know what the radiological diagnosis means. In my experience, when a radiologist... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
See ENT doctor: If you are a smoker then see an ENT doctor ASAP. 3 weeks of laryngitis could still be consistent with a viral laryngitis. But for peace of mind and ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
No: An ulceration of the tonsillar tissue probably indicates chronic inflammation. The tonsillar tissue is lined with squamous epithelium and covers abun... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Possibly: BPPV is the result of loose otoconia in the vestibular inner ear and usually lasts for seconds with particular movements of the head. It usually reso... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
No: These symptoms are NOT associated with ventilation tubes. You may have a persistent viral infection.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Not otologic problem: I would strongly recommend a neurological consult. Anxiety is not a fair diagnosis. You need a thorough neurological evaluation and if that is negat... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Rule out GERD: One of the most common causes of burning in the throat in a young or older adult is high reflux of gastric acid or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux dise... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
Mastoid infection: If you have chronic otitis media with a perforation of the tympanic membrane (ear drum) with otorrhea (drainage), you otologist wants to identify the ... Read More
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Mar 20, 2015
Great ENT!!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Joel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Joel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! though its not a happy feeling, thank you so much ! living with tinnitus is becoming for my dad. he has lost sleep and is desperate! how will i tell
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That answer was not in relation to the actual question. Need info about “iRaise” not traditional sinus lifts. This is a new procedure with limited information on-line.
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That is very helpful info; thank you! It makes sense that it's caused by stress. The weekend was stressful at work. Thankfully the twitching stopped.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1961MD

Awards

1st Annual Award of George Shanbaugh for contributions in allergy in Otolaryngology in 2000. 3rd International Award of Merit presented by the Dutch Otolaryngology Society in 1984.
Top Doctor, First Place, Buffalo Region - Summer
2014
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, National - Summer
2014

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