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Dr. Bernstein Joel

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Getzville, NY
61 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Probably not: Sinusitis almost always starts with a viral rhinitis (cold) Unless the cat was sick, and you do not have specific cat allergy, it is highly unlikely ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Several symptoms: The classical clinical symptoms of sinusitis are 1.) yellow-green nasal mucus, 2.) pressure, pain, fullness under and between the eyes, 3.) sever post... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
ENT doctor: Although any primary physician can diagnose and treat acute sinusitis, an ENT doctor is usually better to treat long standing chronic sinusitis.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Too numerous: The major causes of hearing loss in childhood are genetic, infection, and trauma. In adults, the major causes are age, noise, head injury, genetics, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
One hear is worse: Audiometric testing can identify an asymmetric hearing loss. That is one ear is worse then the other. We see this often in hunters who use a shot gu... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
External or middle: Peripheral hearing loss refers to hearing loss due to diseases of the external or middle ear. Inner ear hearing loss may also be referred to as perip... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Dental question: Because the question concerns augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) i would like to agree with dr. Melder that Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulana... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Viral infection: Chances are the antibiotic that was given for the tonsillitis has nothing to do with the stuffy nose. Your daughter got better despite and not becaus... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
2 possibilities: Painless muscle spasm involving the crico-esophageal sphincter can be cause by high reflux of stomach acid, so called LPR (laryngo-pharyngeal reflux) ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No: Acute bronchitis, even if viral in origin, can cause other people in the classroom to receive this infection. Wait until you are completely asymptoma... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No: Streptococcus sanguinis is a part of the viridans family and is a part of the normal flora of the throat. You definitely do not need an antibiotic.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Culture and sensitiv: The only method of determining if an antibiotic will be beneficial in eradicating your infection is 1.) Identify if a bacteria is associated with your... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Rule out allergy: The nose produces 1000 ml. of mucus daily. Therefore, the mucus is directed to the back of the nose normally. You may just be aware of this mucus or... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Several possibilities: Lightheadedness is not an otologic problem. Vertigo often is. Why have you been at age 34 on prolonged bed rest? Lightheadedness is the result of e... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Impacted wax: If you have ruled out middle ear infection, sinusitis, and Eustachian tube obstruction, then there are 2 other possibilities for clogged ears. One is... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
CSD: Chronic subjective dizziness (CSD) is a form of visual vertigo. Very often the inner ear vestibular function tests are negative. A neurologist or ot... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Can be related: MS (multiple sclerosis) can be associated with vertigo and rarely hearing loss. The most appropriate specialist to answer these questions would be a ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not systemic: All topical steroids may have the side effects of occasional nose bleeds and irritation or burning. But the use of a topical nasal steroid is virtual... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Unusual: Otitis media (ear infection) or rhino-sinusitis rarely cause neck pain or cervical lymphadenopathy. Certainly this is possible and only means that th... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Need throat culture: Although the symptoms may still be due to a viral infection, it is time for you to obtain a throat culture to specifically determine if you have a bac... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not all related: The dermatitis of the ear ear canal is a separate issue and is not related to the other symptoms. Small spurts of vertigo may be BPPV. The ear fulln... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Possibly: Depending on eyes open or eyes closed, and depending on how much you swayed and how long it took you to sway, it is possible that you could have centr... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No Q-tips: Cerumen or wax in the ear canal is normal and protective. It always migrates from inside to outside. Therefore, using a blunt instrument does 2 thing... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Wait about 3 days: Streptococcus should respond to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) within a week. However, if you do not get better, have a culture and sensitiv... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Staph infection: The most common cause of cellulitis of the nostril is an infection caused by Staph aureus. This bacteria is commonly found in the nostril and can cau... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not normal: If you were fine before, what was the indication for the ear drops? It is most likely the ear drops have deposited on the ear drum. This will block ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Rarely: Sinus infection and middle ear infection may co-exist with the cause being an upper respiratory tract viral infection. However, it is not common for ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not clear: How do you know that your sinuses are blocked? Your symptoms may be nasal blockage. When you clear them, what do you mean by lumps. Could this be s... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Carotid artery: I have answered this question a few times but I will do it again. Anatomically, the carotid artery ( the great artery of the neck is just adjacent to... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
May need surgery: At 33 years of age, my concern with large tonsils is a sleep disorder which can be serious. How do you know that your adenoids are hypertrophic (enla... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Confused.: A cochlear implant is an effective procedure to retain some hearing in patients with total deafness. The ear surgeon will apply for this and dependin... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Hot soaks: If the pimple is confined to the outer ear canal and you can see or feel it, I would recommend hot soaks. If the pimple hurts, it is likely a small a... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No: There are basically three densities in the CAT scan of the paranasal sinuses. Black is air, dense white is bone and grey is soft tissue. A round gre... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not easy: Eustachian tube blockage is usually reversible and is often caused by viral infections of the nose and back of nose. Nasal sprays and decongestants a... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Yes: It sounds like a superficial soft tissue injury and if your voice has not changed and there is no hematoma of the anterior neck skin, the weird feelin... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Unlikely: Nystagmus is most commonly the result of inner ear injury. Viral infection could be the cause. Also, nystagmus is almost always accompanied by true ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No: The presence of bacterial colonies or food particles in the crypts of the tonsillar surface erroneously called tonsil stones should not by themselves ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Rule out allergy: A CAT scan of the sinuses is the most specific technique of identifying true sinus inflammation. The symptoms you express are consistent with upper r... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Yes: These are very common symptoms of laryngo-pharyngeal reflux (LPR). This may be the result of strong acid from the stomach coming high up and effectin... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Lots of study: After 4 years of medical school, 4-6 years of residency and the possibility of a fellowship in a specific area of the Head and Neck, you probably will... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Viral infection: The most common cause of hoarseness or decreased function of the voice is a viral infection. Other causes are voice abuse or misuse, cigarette smokin... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Virus?: How do you know the cause of the infection is a virus? Rarely is the tonsil, even if inflamed, is specifically cultured for a virus. The answer to y... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Only slightly: Blockage of the upper airway includes, the tonsils, the base of the tongue, the shape of the epiglottis, the mobility of the vocal folds and the nasal... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No relation: You can shower any time of the day. There is no relation between have chronic sinusitis and showering. Where did you get that idea?
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not all of them: A tonsil stone is not a stone but a collection of food particles in the crypts of the tonsillar surface. It usually does not cause pain. A slight so... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Nothing: If you have serious sinus pressure for over a a month, it is your responsibility to see an ENT specialist as soon as possible. You need to know that ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Good question: Although it is true that the mucous blanket which is formed by secretion from goblet cells and mucous glands in the upper and lower respiratory tract... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
No: The tonsils must go to the pathologist to make sure you do not have any serious problem such as lymphoma. Let the tonsils stay with the pathologist.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Coclear implant: If both ears are severely deafened, a cochlear implant can restore your hearing. If one ear is totally lost and the contra lateral ear is within norm... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Need immediate help: If you dd not have any psychiatric problem, auditory or visual hallucinations may be a form of petit mal epilepsy or an abnormal firing off of neuron... 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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