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Managing Earwax

A recent hot topic in our field is ear wax. What is this mysterious substance? Is it normal? How do we manage it? Our ear canals provide a path for sound to reach our eardrums. This is how we receive sounds. Anything that could block this pathway can make it harder to hear. It can also cause our ears to …

The Truth About Earwax

Many people appear interested in the topic of ear wax. This is the mysterious substance that often lines or fills the ear canals leading to the ear drum. There are many misconceptions about wax in the canals and several safe methods for removing it. Questions naturally arise. What is this substance? Is it bad to have? Do I need it …

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Hidden Hearing Loss

Hearing is a highly complex task that can take vibrations in the air and turn them into an idea. Great speeches, alarm sounds, dog barks or beautiful music begin as mere vibrations reaching the ears. Hearing begins with detection (“a sound is present”). Next comes discrimination (“that is a word”), followed by recognition (“I know those words”) and, finally, comprehension …

Hearing aid improvements

The labs that produce the world’s top hearing instruments have been making high quality products for decades. Like many other products, hearing aids evolve and improve over time. Patients and prospective patients with hearing loss frequently ask how modern day hearing aids compare with those of the past. We have compiled a list of modern improvements for your consideration. Cosmetics …

The noise about noise

It is no secret loud sounds damage hearing. We warn kids of the dangers of ear bud use. We see the effects in people who have spent years working in factories, serving in the military, playing in bands or using power tools. Noise exposed people are more likely than others to become hard of hearing. Let us explore several questions …

What’s the deal with ear wax?

The ear canal is a dark, warm, damp tunnel in the side of your head. Aside from channeling sound to your eardrum, it should be an ideal place to harvest tiny agents of infection. Bacteria, viruses, fungus, insects, etc. should thrive in such a place. However, we typically don’t have an ear infection at any given time.  Cerumen, or ear …

Hidden Hearing Loss

It is not uncommon for a hearing center to see a patient complaining of difficulty hearing despite having normal test results. The man who cannot hear in a crowd may hear perfectly well in quiet. A couple complains of poor communication if one walks to an adjacent room. An older woman with a modest loss reports severe difficulty understanding speech. …

Hearing loss, stress and cardiovascular disease. Connected?

We are no doubt living in stressful times. The psychological stress due to a pandemic is undeniable. Our lives changed in many ways within several short weeks due to a novel virus. Meanwhile, we should not forget other conditions and diseases persist in the population. It is important not to neglect the other factors in our health. Additionally, we need …

Managing middle ear fluid

You may be aware that middle ear infections and middle ear fluid are common in young children. Many pediatrician visits result in treatment for otitis media. In children this presents as “glue ear” and may be accompanied by pain, fever and reduced hearing. The middle ear is the air space behind the ear drum. Children are known to be more …

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Hearing. More than your ears.

You hear with more than your ears. We tend to think of the ears as the hearing organ of the body. This is reasonable. Our ears take in sound. The visible part of the ear acts as a funnel to direct sound waves inward. These waves cause vibrations in the middle ear and cause a fluid wave to travel through …