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Exercise to Ease Hearing Loss

Many people suffer some kind of hearing loss, especially as they age. Hearing loss can make social situations very difficult and may lead to feelings of isolation and depression. While most hearing loss is irreversible, some exercises may make it easier for the brain to follow conversation particularly in crowded rooms. The brain is involved [...]

By |August 6th, 2017|Ears|Comments Off on Exercise to Ease Hearing Loss

How to Clean Your Ears

How to clean the ears is one of the most common question our audiologists get. It's important to remember that earwax is a natural and important part of the body. Earwax traps dirt and debris, fights infections in and around ears, and keeps the ear from drying out and becoming itchy. Earwax typically leaves the [...]

By |July 22nd, 2017|Ears|Comments Off on How to Clean Your Ears

Common Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo and dizziness can be a very disturbing feeling. You may feel like the world is spinning or tilting, experience nausea, headache, shortness of breath, racing heart, and/or sweating. The dizziness may come and go, lasting for seconds, hours, or even days. The most common cause for vertigo is one or more issues occurring within [...]

By |February 18th, 2017|Ears|Comments Off on Common Causes of Vertigo

1+ Billion Young People at Risk for Hearing Loss

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information about studies conducted with children and adolescents that have some troubling implications. The studies that WHO analyzed included people 12-35 years old living in middle and high-income countries. Nearly half of those people studied were exposed to unsafe sound levels due to personal sound devices (e.g. iPods) and around 40% [...]

By |February 5th, 2017|Ears|Comments Off on 1+ Billion Young People at Risk for Hearing Loss

Hyperacusis: Increased Sensitivity to Sound

Unpleasant or painful over-sensitivity to everyday sounds is called hyperacusis. To an individual with hyperacusis, sounds that don't seem loud to other people, such as appliance fans, shuffling papers, or a car motor, are painfully loud. High-frequency sounds may be especially painful. Hyperacusis is a condition that stems from an issue with the way the [...]

By |January 7th, 2017|Ears|Comments Off on Hyperacusis: Increased Sensitivity to Sound

Ear-Focused Costumes for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner! As you're thinking about different costumes for the big day, consider showcasing a very important body part: Your ears! Cat, dog, bear, rabbit, mouse, etc.: A sound-focused mammal with distinctive ears, such as a cat, dog, bear, or mouse, can be a fun and easy Halloween costume. Wear animal ears [...]

By |October 10th, 2016|Ears|Comments Off on Ear-Focused Costumes for Halloween

Earwax Impaction Causes and Treatments

Earwax, or cerumen, is created by the ear to help lubricate and protect the ear from external debris. Most of the time earwax naturally leaves the ear by chewing and other jaw movements. As earwax reaches the outside of the ear, it flakes and falls out. Ears are self-cleaning, but sometimes earwax builds up. When earwax [...]

By |September 10th, 2016|Ears|Comments Off on Earwax Impaction Causes and Treatments

At-Home Earwax Removal

Bulb syringe Earwax is an important part of a healthy ear. Earwax protects the delicate middle and inner ears by preventing dust, dirt, and other particles from entering your ear. It's possible to have an excess of earwax, however. Earwax is produced by a gland in your ear and how much earwax your [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|Ears|Comments Off on At-Home Earwax Removal

Unclogging a Clogged Ear

There are several reasons an individual may have a clogged ear(s). Assuming that: There's no pain in the ear that might indicate an ear infection There are no other symptoms such as sinus pain or an upper respiratory infection You don't typically experience ear issues A clogged ear is likely due to earwax buildup. Earwax is [...]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Ears|Comments Off on Unclogging a Clogged Ear

Hearing Tests

More than 48 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Hearing loss may be gradual, especially if it's due to age, and many individuals don't seek treatment for hearing loss. Even if an individual does notice decreased hearing abilities or is told by family and friends that her hearing has affected them, they still may not [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Ears|Comments Off on Hearing Tests