Justin Chin

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Justin graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology and a minor in Education. He is currently a medical scribe at Summit ENT in Oakland, California. His current passions include working with underserved communities, particularly Asian immigrant populations as well as advocating for access to language resources. In his free time, he likes to learn new languages and explore new foods.

Justin has written 18 post(s)

This week on ENT Weekly, we take a small break to visit the healthcare of another country half a world away. This year, I had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Taiwan on a recent trip to visit family. Taiwan is an island country home to 23 million people and is located 100 miles off … Read More

We take another break from your regularly scheduled ENT Weekly to bring you another special from the island country of Taiwan. This time we look at private pay healthcare, focusing on cosmetic medicine. After my experiences with primary care, I wanted to experience a totally different aspect of medicine, looking this time into the tantalizing world … Read More

If you live near the coast, warm weather often means heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Sandcastles, sunbathing, and for the intrepid, thrill-seeking adventurer: surfing! For the chronic beach-heads, however, surfer’s ear is a condition that merits as much attention as catching the next big wave. Surfer’s ear is … Read More

One in 10 Americans suffers from a loss of hearing that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss, especially for those from ages 21 to 35. The damage caused by noise, called sensorineural hearing loss or nerve deafness, can be caused by … Read More

Five minutes pass, followed by ten more minutes. A 30-minute office procedure to place an ear tube has ballooned into close to an hour without the doctor emerging. I walk around, reassuring patients that the doctor would be entering their room shortly. Another five minutes pass before the doctor walks out of the procedure room. … Read More

Today on Summit ENT, we continue with yet another tantalizing ear condition that can cause hearing loss. Repeated ear infections or retraction of the eardrum can allow skin into the middle ear, causing cholesteatomas. Cholesteatomas are abnormal skin growths in the middle ear, developing as cysts that shed old layers of skin. Over time, cholesteatomas … Read More

Summer is here! As a bit of an opposite to the deathly doom that faces Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones, we are quickly approaching a time of relaxation and vacation. For many travelers, this may mean visiting family or exploring the world, often via an airplane. If you ever have … Read More

The paranasal sinuses are a series of hollow chambers that surround the nasal chamber. The sinuses and the nose share a similar lining called the mucosa. This mucosa covers the entire system and consists of structural cells, mucus-producing cells, and hair cells called cilia. The cilia beat back and forth to move the mucus from the … Read More

“Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling, through an endless diamond sky” is an apt description of Princess Jasmine’s magic carpet ride, as well as what patients feel if they have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a dysfunction of the inner ear that results in an abnormal sensation of spinning or unsteadiness. Although greatly disorienting, BPPV is … Read More

Previously on ENT Weekly, we learned about the dizzying effects of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). As a note, BPPV is fairly common, affecting one per 1000 people with an overall prevalence of 2.5% in the overall population. This disease is fairly rare in children but can affect adults of any age, especially seniors. Although the … Read More

Previously on ENT Weekly, we looked at congenital hearing loss and the ways that it is inherited. For immediate family, the diagnosis of congenital hearing loss leads to the immediate reaction of disbelief and denial. With advances in medicine and technology, however, the chances of acceptance are greater when looking at appropriate intervention methods. For … Read More

Ear infections, chronic strep throats, and allergies are the usual complaints that doctors see from their youngest patients. At the otolaryngology (ear-nose-throat) clinic that I work at, we provide clinical intervention ranging from antibiotics to corrective surgery. Following the trend of previous articles regarding hearing loss, we will explore the less common complaint of congenital hearing … Read More

Previously on ENT Weekly, we discussed various types of hearing loss (noise induced versus conductive), as well as ways to diagnose hearing loss. These topics, however, only scratch the surface as we explore asymmetric hearing loss and the possibility of acoustic neuromas. Embed from Getty Images Asymmetric hearing loss occurs when hearing is worse in … Read More

Raising the volume on the television, ignoring your family members, and having difficulty hearing in loud settings are some of the early warning signs that a patient may have hearing loss. Other factors, such as a history of noise damage or ear infections as a child, may also predispose patients to an early onset of … Read More

Warning: Picture of blood from a surgery depicted below. Viewer discretion is advised. From nodules to cancer, we complete our thyroid story by looking at two of the most common post-operative complications after thyroidectomy. Affecting a small number of our thyroid surgery patients, either vocal cord paralysis or parathyroid dysfunction can cause temporary or permanent health … Read More

In the previous article of ENT Weekly, we discussed the generally benign nature of thyroid nodules. The most common method to rule out the many types of thyroid cancer is fine needle biopsy, giving patients peace of mind. On the other hand, results may return positive for cancer, and this week, we will look into … Read More

“Is it cancer?” Patients often ask this question when they find out they have a thyroid nodule. For many, thyroid nodules are discovered incidentally during routine physical examinations, imaging tests like CT scans, or neck ultrasounds for completely unrelated reasons. Patients are referred to otolaryngologists, or ear-nose-throat doctors, who answer the nerve-racking question with a simple … Read More

Continuing our sojourn into the land of sinusitis, we will now explore treatment options. For ENT doctors, the primary goal of sinus treatment is to restore the normal sinus drainage patterns, allowing the sinus to clean itself. The first step for treatment is medication and at-home supportive care, which may include antibiotics to kill bacterial infections. In … Read More

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